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The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Advisory Board

Monmouth University’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) has an Advisory Board comprised of ten master teachers. Many are past winners of Monmouth University’s Distinguished Teacher Award—the highest teaching award Monmouth offers. They represent Monmouth’s five schools and serve as a resource for the Center and for faculty members working with the Center.

Kenneth CampbellDr. Kenneth Campbell

Professor, Department of History, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Ph.D., University of Delaware

Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient.

Teaching fields include English history, Medieval and Early Modern Europe, and history of witchcraft. Recent research on the English Reformation and religious noncomformity in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England.

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Rekha DattaDr. Rekha Datta

Professor of Political Science

PhD, University of Connecticut

Interim Director, CETL 2015. Department chair, 2000-2010. Founding Director, Institute for Global Understanding (IGU) until 2011.Distinguished Teacher Award, Monmouth University (2003), the Outstanding Leader in Experiential Education Award in Higher Education, NSSE (2011), the annual Humanitarian of the Year Award (2004).Higher Education Transition Team for the Governor (NJ), (2005-06).VP for Public Policy, Northern Monmouth County, AAUW, 2011-13

Author of Beyond Realism: Human Security in India and Pakistan in the 21st Century (2008, 2010), Why Alliances Endure: The United States-Pakistan Military Alliance, 1954-1971 (1994) and co-editor, with Judith Kornberg, Women in Developing Countries (2002).

Research Interests: Empowerment of Women, Comparative Politics, India, Pakistan, Political Development, Human Security, United Nations

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Dr. Laura JannoneDr. Laura Jannone

Associate Professor, Director of the M.S.N. Program, and Coordinator of the School Nurse Program, Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies

Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University. Certified School Nurse.
Recipient of the NJ League 2010 Nurse Recognition Award

Teaching interests include school nursing, substance abuse awareness, and health promotion.

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Dr. Kathryn LionettiDr. Kathryn Lionetti

Associate Professor of Biology, School of Science

Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook

Specialized in microbiology and molecular biology. Current interests include recombinant DNA technology, apoptosis, and applications of molecular biology in clinical diagnostic procedures, emerging viral diseases.

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Pat CressonProf. Patricia Hill Cresson

Professor, Art and Design, School of  Humanities and Social Sciences

MFA, Pratt Institute

Internationally Exhibited Artist.

Specializations include computer graphic design, advanced digital imaging and large format printing, and graphic design. Her professional experience includes art and photography direction, graphic design from concept through print in the areas of publishing, corporate identity and training, and computer illustration.

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Dr. Judith Nye

Dr. Judith Nye

Associate Vice President of Academic Foundations for General Education

Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University

Special interests include experimental social psychology with a primary interest in social cognition and sex role stereotypes.


Ms. Wendy Savoth

Associate Vice President for Information Support

MS, Monmouth University

Areas include Computer Support, Instructional Support, Consultation and Application Support and the HelpDesk. Background in procedural and object-oriented programming languages, database systems, web development, project management, instructional design, teaching and learning using technology.


Dr. Gene SimkoDr. Gene Simko

Associate Professor, Management and Marketing, School of Business

Ph.D. Baruch College of the City University of New York

Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient.

Specialty is strategic planning, recent research deals with the role of augmentation in managerial decision-making and the incorporation of dialectical materialism into the planning process.

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Dr. Richard VeitDr. Richard Veit

Professor of Anthropology

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Specialty is historical archaeology of eastern North America, with particular interests in local history, early American material culture, and historic preservation. Author of Digging New Jersey’s Past: Historical Archaeology in the Garden State (Rutgers, 2002) and History in the Landscape: Four Centuries of New Jersey Cemeteries and Gravemarkers (Rutgers, forthcoming). Dr. Veit won Monmouth University’s Distinguished Teacher Award in 2007. His current research focuses on Point Breeze, the palatial New World estate of Joseph Bonaparte.

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Dr. Michelle ScottDr. Michelle Scott

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work

PhD, University of California–Berkeley

MSW, University of California–Berkeley

BA in Psychology, Clark University

Michelle Scott’s dissertation examined the effects of behavioral health managed care on youths’ involvement with the juvenile justice system. Areas of interest include adolescent depression, adolescent suicide prevention, school-based screening, mental health services and financing, college mental health, and initiation of alcohol use by adolescents. Current research includes evaluation of the preparation of high school students with mental health problems and the transition to college.

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Wendy Harriott

Dr. Wendy Harriott

Associate Dean School of Education

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

M.S., Marywood College

Research Interests:

Professional interests include special education, behavior management, pre-service and in-service teacher training, and secondary.

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