Honors College Directors


Dr. Sheila Chiffriller

Director of the Pforzheimer Honors College, Pleasantville campus

Associate Professor of Psychology

Sheila Chiffriller obtained her BS in Psychology, MS in Counseling and Personal Services, and her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University. Before coming to Pace University as an full-time professor of Psychology in 2001 she was an adjunct professor at Fordham University, St. Francis College, and C.W. Post University. Outside of the classroom Dr. Chiffriller has co-authored a number of scholarly journals in the area of psychology, as well as maintaining a part-time private practice as a psychologist. At Pace she has taught numerous Psychology courses including the subjects of Statistics, Research Methods, Counseling Theory and Skills, and Child & Adolescent Pathology and Therapy. She has been the director of the Honors College since September of 2012, prior to which she taught a course for the Honors College entitled "Psychology of the Movies" and hopes to teach the course again soon for the Honors College.

Dr. Ida Dupont

Director of the Pforzheimer Honors College, New York City campus

Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

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.


Honors College Advisors:

Dr. William Offutt


Faculty Advisor of the Pforzheimer Honors College, NYC campus

Associate Professor of History

Bill Offutt was born in Washington DC , graduated 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 his Ph.D. in 1987.  After three years of academic wandering, with one year in Tacoma, Washington and two in Waco, Texas, he came to Pace as an Assistant Professor in1990.  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 to Associate Professor.  Since the book came out, his research has turned to colonial New York; in addition he has used that knowledge to teach a course on "NYC History and Culture" in Pace's New York City Summer Internship program.  He served as the Pforzheimers Honors College Director from 2001-2007.