Faculty Center Staff
James F. Stenerson, Ph.D.
James F. Stenerson, Ph.D. serves as the executive director of the Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching & Professional Development. Some of Jim's accomplishments in this role include serving as principal investigator for a $3 million grant from the Verizon Foundation, developing and teaching the first online public speaking course, and designing and implementing a full-motion video conferencing network for the delivery of courses between campuses. Jim is also an adjunct associate professor at Pace and is currently co-advisor to the Gay-Straight Alliance student organization. Jim is a chairperson of the Westchester County LGBT Advisory Board and a member of the Yonkers Historical Society. He has also served on the board of directors for SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders) and was a member of the City of Yonkers Cable Television Commission. His long list of scholarly achievements includes papers, presentations, lectures, and conference and roundtable facilitation at conferences and roundtables on faculty development and information technology. Jim holds a Ph.D. in Information Science, with a concentration in the philosophy of technology.
Melissa Cardon, PH.D.
Co- Director for Faculty Development & Professor of Management
Melissa Cardon holds a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Columbia University’s School of Business. She teaches courses focused on leadership, negotiations, human resources, and general management at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate levels, and also teaches in the iPace program. Melissa believes education should be fully experienced, and uses a highly interactive and engaging pedagogical approach. Melissa’s research focuses on career transitions within entrepreneurship including entries (motivation, passion) and exits (failure, recovery, and re-entry), and the emotional, relational, and cognitive processes of entrepreneurs that contribute to optimizing their behavior and performance. Melissa is the Faculty Advisor for Colleges against Cancer, as well as the Director of the Business Honors Program at Pace. She serves on the Event Leadership Team for Relay for Life at Pace and in White Plains, NY, and is an active volunteer for the American Cancer Society.
Peter McDermott, PH.D.
Co-Director for Faculty Development & Professor of Education
Peter McDermott received his Ph.D. in Literacy Education from SUNY-Albany. Pete teaches courses in literacy education in Pace’s School of Education. He has taught literacy in urban high schools and adult education programs, and for many years he co-directed an afterschool literacy program in a public housing project. He is a former Fulbright Scholar to Bosnia-Herzegovina and former president of the New York State Reading Association (2012-2013). He taught with the International Literacy Association’s projects in Kazakhstan, Tanzania, and currently in Sierra Leone. His research interests pertain to urban education, international education, and arts integration. He has special interest in strategies for integrating digital literacies into classroom teaching. His recent publications appear in the International Journal of Educational Research, Reading Psychology, and the Educational Forum, as well as in regional and state journals.
Joe Seijo has been with the Faculty Center for over 15 years and full-time at Pace since 1997. He is also an alumnus of Pace. As Assistant Director, Joe assists in all matters pertaining to faculty development and training, as well as overseeing the Instructional Design team at the center. He has worked with numerous faculty throughout the years to assist them in incorporating instructional technology into their curriculum. He also developed and facilitates a 3 part Teaching Online Certification program at Pace designed to equip faculty with the essential skills needed for online teaching and learning. Some of the areas of expertise Joe has contributed over the years inlcude web development, web conferencing, online media production and digital editing. In addition to facilitating our regular annual events and workshops, Joe participates in numerous committees dedicated to faculty development and instructional technology.
Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Budget, & Instructional Support
Lindsay Constantino serves as the Manager of Strategic Initiatives, Budget, and Instructional Support for the Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching & Professional Development. She oversees the financial management of four departmental budgets, including a grant and an endowment, as well as, supporting faculty in the effort to learn Blackboard and assists them during all Faculty Center held events. In addition, she works closely with the executive director to oversee the center's strategic initiatives and to ensure alignment with the University Strategic Plan. Lindsay holds a bachelors in International Business Management as well as a Master's degree in Educational Technology.
Allison Conway is responsible for planning and arranging the events for the Faculty Center which includes marketing, handling registration, development of web registration forms, working with Special Events and other administrative departments and vendors on arranging logistics and reporting on the centers financial and assessment results. Allison serves as key support for day and evening faculty. Allison holds a Bachelors in Human Communication and Digital Art and Media.
Manager, Online Support Services
Ally Khristova is involved with The Faculty Center’s events, such as The Faculty Institute, DE Committee meetings, and Teaching Effectively Online Seminars, and she oversees the NYC office. She helps coordinate and set up the digital studio in NYC and manages the Quality Matters program, Distributed Education data, Online Learning Orientation, early student evaluations, and social media. She also assists faculty with Tenure & Promotion by providing support for ePortfolio. Ally holds a Bachelors in English Literature & Writing as well as a Masters degree in Publishing from Pace University.