Faculty and Staff Members at Pforzheimer Honors College NYC


Dr. Ida Dupont: Director of the Pforzheimer Honors College, NYC & Associate Professor- Sociology
Pace University, NY


Dr. Ida Dupont is an Associate Professor in the Sociology/Anthropology Department.  She earned her PhD in Criminal Justice from the Graduate Center at C.U.N.Y.  At Pace, she has been actively engaged at all levels of university life.  She is a member of many college and university-wide committees including the Dyson Tenure and Promotion committee and serves as the co-chair of the New York Faculty Council Curriculum Committee. She helped establish the Peace and Justice Studies minor on the New York campus.  For the third year in a row, Dr. Dupont has acted as the faculty advisor of one of the Dyson Houses (a student retention effort for first-year Dyson students).  Her research interests include dating violence; violence against women; and stigma related to non-normative reproductive choices. 

Before coming to Pace, she was the Director of the Women in Prison Project at the New York Correctional Association of NY where she advocated on behalf of women prisoners and monitored prison conditions throughout New York State.  Dr. Dupont also has several years of experience working in court-mandated programs with people convicted of domestic violence and facilitated violence-prevention programs for teens in New York City schools for STEPS to End Family Violence. 


Dr. William Offutt: Professor of History & Faculty Advisor of the Pforzheimer Honors College
Pace University, NY


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: Program Coordinator, Pforzheimer Honors College
Pace University, NY


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 Alum. 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, Academic Excellence in History Award, History Department Award, 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, Academy for Careers in Television and Film, and Pace’s Upward Bound Program. Jaclyn spent three years working for Undergraduate Admissions and became the Honors Program Coordinator and Office Manager in October 2013. Jaclyn received her M.S.Ed in Teacher Leadership. She is currently studying Egyptology at the University of Manchester and is working on her Ed.D in Higher Education Leadership.


Dr. Pamela Belluomini: Academic Advisor, Pforzheimer Honors College

Pace University, NY


Pam Belluomini was born and raised in San Francisco, CA.  She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Stanford University, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, and her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco.  Immediately before coming to Pace she was the Director of Student Services for the Mission Bay Campus of the University of California, San Francisco, a leading health sciences educational institution.  Previously she worked as a teacher, tutor, academic advisor, and educational psychologist, serving students from kindergarten through graduate and professional school.  She is currently completing a Certificate Program in Leadership and Management at the University of California, Berkeley.


Pam’s life-long dream has been to live and work in New York City, where she moved in the summer of 2014.  She is enjoying exploring and getting lost in all five boroughs of “the greatest city in the world.”  She is a proud citizen of both the US and Italy.


Student Assistants:

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Lindita Capric: lc88353n@pace.edu

Lindita Capric is a double major in Political Science and Peace and Justice with a minor in Philosophy. She is from Staten Island, New York and will be graduating in December of 2015. She was an Orientation leader at Pace University, the treasurer of the Political Science Society and is a Head Delegate of the Pace University Model UN team. Lindita traveled to Geneva with the Model U.N. team in Spring 2014 Semester and will be going to Costa Rica during the upcoming school year. Lindita hopes to become an environmental lawyer and human rights advocate someday. Lindita loves coffee, reading and Dr. Who.

Devina Subedar: ds11640n@pace.edu

Devina Subedar is a class of 2016 Marketing major from Piscataway, New Jersey. Since coming to Pace, she has worked with the Honors College as a student aide and with the Summer Scholars program as assistant program coordinator. While growing up in Piscataway, she was actively involved in community service, volunteering at the library and the senior citizen’s center, along with being editor of Key Club in high school. Devina loves kids, Harry Potter, watching romantic Bollywood movies, and doing yoga.

Rachel Wandishin: rw00600n@pace.edu

Rachel Wandishin is a senior Psychology major from Marriottsville, Maryland. She is very involved around the Pace campus, acting as the President of the Honors Council, the President of the Mental Health Awareness Society, and the Vice President of Psi Chi. She hopes to one day work with teens in the field of psychology. Rachel can often be found in the Honors lounge giggling over a Buzzfeed quiz or YouTube video. She is obsessed with Netflix, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Sherlock, and Subway sandwiches.