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Honors College Staff

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 of Women 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 course 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. Shobana Musti-Rao Director of the Pforzheimer Honors College, Pleasantville Campus


Shobana Musti-Rao is originally from India where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Zoology before entering the field of special education. She then went on to receive a Master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After her experience working as a special education teacher in an urban charter school in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Musti-Rao completed her Ph. D. from The Ohio State University in 2005 in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis. She has held faculty positions at the University of Cincinnati and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore prior to joining Pace University in 2012. Her current research focuses on the use of mobile technology to supplement evidence-based practices in the K-12 classrooms. Dr. Musti-Rao joined the Pforzheimer Honors College in Pleasantville as a Faculty Advisor in 2015. She is an avid traveler and likes to play tennis in her free time.

Jaclyn Kopel: Director, Pforzheimer Honors College, NYC campus


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, 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. Additionally, she recently received her Egyptology Certificate from the University of Manchester. She is currently working on her Ed.D in Higher Education Leadership.

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.

Lindsey Lee: Thesis Adivsor, Pforzheimer Honors College, NYC campus 


Thomas Mooseker: Academic Advisor: Pforzheimer Honors College, Pleasantville campus


Originally from Hamden, CT, Thomas Mooseker attended college at NYU and received a Bachelor’s degree in Film & Television Production. From there, he went on to complete an MFA in English at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop where, as a graduate student, he worked as program coordinator for the IWLLC, an undergraduate living-learning community of aspiring writers and artists. As both a writer himself, primarily of poetry, and private instructor for adults, Thomas spent three years living and working in NYC before moving to Westchester, where he joined the Pforzheimer Honors College as an academic advisor in Spring 2017. Outside of Pace, Thomas is a casual but enthusiastic birder, and an overly-passionate fan of Liverpool FC. He is quite excited to be guiding such a remarkable and talented group of students.