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Honors School


Students in the Honors School are part of a community of leaders and thinkers, where discussion and dialogue naturally occur within the classroom but also continue through extracurricular activities and off-campus events. These unique learning experiences highlight the many benefits of the Honors School.

About the School

A main purpose of the Honors School is to provide our high achieving, high ability, and highly motivated students at Monmouth University the guidance and support they need to take a deeper dive into their intellectual passions, explore fields of study that expand those passions, and connect them with like-minded students and faculty.

One way we achieve this purpose is through the Honors School’s curriculum which encourages students to take ownership of their education. The curriculum culminates in an honors research thesis or creative capstone project that provides students with the time and space to engage in serious academic work in which they ask important and challenging questions, work toward solving difficult problems, and create and share new knowledge.

Honors School – Quick Facts

  • Honors classes are smaller than regular classes, allowing for enhanced teacher/student rapport.
  • Fifty percent of honors students go on to complete advanced degrees.
  • Additional scholarship opportunities are available during junior and senior years.
  • Honors School sponsors multiple cultural events.
  • Students completing the program are noted as graduates of the Honors School on their transcripts and diplomas, enhancing opportunities for graduate study at leading universities and solid career placement.

Peer Mentoring Program

Mentors work to support first-year students in their transition to college and to assist their continued academic, personal, and professional growth.

Annual Research Conferences

Each year, Honors School students present their research at either the Fall or Spring Research Conference to a Monmouth University audience. Each completed project represents a capstone experience for our students who graduate from the Honors School.

Rachel Belmont ‘19

Honors School
Health Studies

“The Honors School helped me push myself throughout my undergraduate career to achieve my potential, especially by completing my own year-long thesis project.”

Pooja Shah ‘19

Honors School
Biology with a Concentration in Molecular Cell Physiology[/sidebyside]

“I joined the Honors School to challenge myself and make myself more competitive academically. I also joined because I wanted to be part of this wonderful community, especially while transitioning from high school to college, and the Honors School made me feel extremely welcomed.”

Contact Information

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Nancy J. Mezey, Ph.D.

Dean of the Honors School;

Honors School

Monmouth University Library, 208

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Doris Meyer

Assistant to the Dean

Honors School

Monmouth University Library, 208

Honors Council

Nikita Burrows

Nikita Burrows, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone: 732-263-5442

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Pedram Daneshgar, Ph.D.


Phone: 732-923-4784

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Kevin L. Dooley, Ph.D.

Department Chair;
Associate Professor

Phone: 732-571-4471

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Jason Fitzgerald, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction;
Social Studies

Phone: 732-571-3497

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Meg Forney, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone: 732-263-5376

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Geoffrey Fouad, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Geography;
Scholarly interests: Geographic Information Systems, Geography, Remote Sensing, Hydrology

Phone: 732-263-5153

George Germek

Associate Librarian

Phone: 732-571-4403

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Mary Haspel, Ed.D., BCBA-D

Assistant Professor;
Special Education

Phone: 732-923-4611

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Adam R. Heinrich, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone: 732-263-5509

Scott Jeffrey

Scott A. Jeffrey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone: 732-263-5519

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Cheryl Leiningen, DNP, RN, PMHNP-C

Associate Professor;
Scholar, Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation

Phone: 732-571-3692

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Jaime L. Myers, Ph.D., MPH

Associate Professor

Phone: 732-923-4675

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Sanjana Ragudaran, Ph.D., MSW

Assistant Professor

Phone: 732-923-4596

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Sean Sterrett, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology

Phone: 732-571-4482

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Danuta Szwajkajzer, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer

Phone: 732-263-5669

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Francis Valiquette, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone: 732-263-5614

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Marina Vujnovic, Ph.D.

Concentration Director of Strategic Public Relations and Social Media Concentration

Phone: 732-263-5667

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Jeffrey H. Weisburg, Ph.D.

Specialist Professor

Phone: 732-571-4441

Dr. Courtney Werner, Associate Professor, English

Courtney Werner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor;
Director of First Year Composition;
Graduate Faculty

Phone: 732-571-3608

Hettie Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in African American History;
President of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS)

Phone: 732-263-5703

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Cui Yu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone: 732-571-4460