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Pforzheimer Honors College

Faculty and Staff Members at Pforzheimer Honors College NYC

Dr. Susan Dinan: Dean of the Pforzheimer Honors College & Professor of History, Pace University, NYC & PLV


Susan Dinan is originally from Buffalo, NY and she remains a great fan of winter. She graduated from Cornell University, and received her Ph.D. in early modern European history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author ofWomen and Poor Relief in Seventeenth-Century France: The Early History of the Daughters of Charity, and editor of Women and Religion in Old and New Worlds, which has been translated into Spanish. She has taught courses in the history of the Reformation, early modern France, and the French Revolution. She joined the Pforzheimer Honors College staff in August 2015, and before this she was director of the University Honors College at William Paterson University in New Jersey.

She is a proud citizen of both the US and Ireland.

Dr. William Offutt: Professor of History & Faculty Advisor of the Pforzheimer Honors College


Bill Offutt was born in Washington DC, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University as a History major in 1976, and then graduated from Stanford Law School in 1979. Despite passing the California Bar, he decided not to practice law but rather went to graduate school at Johns Hopkins University in early American history, where he received a Ph.D. in 1987. After three years of academic apprenticeships, with one year at Pacific Lutheran University and two at Baylor University, he came to Pace as an Assistant Professor in 1990. His book, Of Good Laws and Good Men: Law and Society in the Delaware Valley 1680-1710, was published in 1995 and helped him get tenured and promoted. Since that book came out, his research turned to colonial and revolutionary New York; that focus led into his second book, Patriots, Loyalists and Revolution in New York City 1775-1776. This book is used as part of a simulation game in the "Reacting to the Past" series sponsored by Barnard and has been adopted by dozens of colleges and universities in the US and around the world, including Egypt and Australia. In 2001, he became Director of Pace's Honors Program for New York City, which in Fall 2003 became the Pforzheimer Honors College. In 2007, he became Faculty Advisor for Honors under then Director Chris Malone, and he has continued in that role under Director Ida Dupont. He is also Executive Assistant to the Dean for Arts and Sciences, coordinator for the Dyson Houses project. His fall weekends are spent living and dying with the football fortunes of Stanford and the Washington Redskins.

Jaclyn Kopel: Director, Pforzheimer Honors College


Jaclyn Kopel is a born and raised New Yorker. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Pace University where she majored in Adolescent Education and History. She is a proud Pforzheimer Honors alumna. While at Pace, Jaclyn was a member of the following honor societies: Lambda Sigma, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Alpha Theta, and Alpha Chi. As an undergraduate student she worked at Pace High School, Pace’s Center for Academic Excellence, and with VOTE 18. Upon graduation she won the Co-op, Internship, and Experiential Education Award; the Academic Excellence in History Award; the History Department Award; the School of Education Scholastic Achievement Award; and the Academic Leadership Award. She was a recipient of a grant from Project Pericles and one from the Honors College. She has taught high school history at Pace High School, the Academy for Careers in Television and Film, and Pace’s Upward Bound Program. Jaclyn spent three years working for Undergraduate Admissions. She joined the Honors College as a staff member in October 2013 as the Program Coordinator and Office Manager. In July 2015 she became the Associate Director and in July 2017 she became the Director. Jaclyn received her M.S.Ed in Teacher Leadership. She also received her Egyptology Certificate from the University of Manchester. She recently finished her dissertation on personal connections and first-year retention. 

Jessica Reed: Program Coordinator, Pforzheimer Honors College


Jessica fell in love with New York City at the age of 13. After spending her young life living just across the Hudson River in New Jersey, Jessica decided to move to New York City and attend Pace University as an undergraduate to study Marketing, Advertising, and Integrated Marketing Communications. Jessica began her professional career at Pace University working in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions where she was able to build essential relationships working closely with other departments such as the Office of Student Assistance (OSA) and Financial Aid. After Undergraduate Admissions, Jessica went on to work with the Office of Graduate Admissions where she focused on International Admissions. In August 2015, Jessica joined the Honors College family as the Staff Assistant. Now in her current position as Program Coordinator, her prior experience allows her to assist prospective, incoming, and current Honors students beyond the walls of the Honors College. Additionally, Jessica has recently celebrated her fivee-year anniversary working at Pace University. 

Lindsey Lee: Thesis Advisor, Pforzheimer Honors College


Lindsey grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. She moved to NYC in 2002 to enroll in Pace University and its Honors College, double-majoring in English and Women's and Gender Studies. After graduating she missed school so much that she decided to take on graduate school. She earned her MA in English Literature at NYU, then realized that she wanted to be a teacher. So she went up to Annadale-on-Hudson and got a Master of Arts in Teaching from Bard College in 2010. Since then she has taught in every single borough of NYC. She taught in high schools in NYC DoE for five years before transitioning into adjunct work at various universities across the city. She considers herself an English major for life because of her lifelong love of reading and writing. 


Student Assistants

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Madison Oberndorf


Madison is a Psychology major and Women and Gender Studies minor set to graduate with the Class of 2018. She is originally from Kearny, New Jersey, and loves all things Broadway, superheroes, and sushi. Besides her job as a Student Aide for the Honors Office, she is very active in the Honors Council and serves as its Vice President. She is currently a member of Dr. Leora Trub's on campus research team and is a volunteer with the Trevor Project.

Holly Vandergrift


Holly is a junior Arts and Entertainment Management major from Cheaterfield, VA. She is an active sister of Kappa Delta Sorority and enjoys volunteering with Prevent Child Abuse America and the Girl Scouts of the USA. She aspires to work in Public Relations in the music industry after graduation. Some of Holly's interests include pop culture, sandwiches, and sweet tea.

Mohini Gobin


Mohini is a senior Biology major with minors in Neuroscience and Psychology. She is originally from Long Island, NY and is studying to go to medical school. Her dream is to become a pediatrician. She is also the President of the Honors Council and a member of Dr. Marcello and Dr. Yarlett's research teams. Aside from that she loves exploring NYC and trying new vegetarian foods.