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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. Mohsen Shiri-Garakini: Director of the Pforzheimer Honors College, Pleasantville campus


Mohsen Shiri-Garakani was born and raised in Tehran, Iran where he received his undergraduate degree in physics from Tehran Polytechnic. After moving to the United States, he received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and joined Pace University in 2005. Mohsen’s research in physics focuses on foundations of quantum theory, and philosophy and history of modern physics. Since 2008 he has been a research fellow in the Center of Philosophy and the Natural Sciences in California State University, Sacramento. He has also served as the Assistant Editor for the International Journal of Theoretical Physics since 2002. Mohsen joined the Pforzheimer Honors College in Pleasantville as a Faculty Advisor in 2012. During his time as an Advisor, Mohsen created the Honors Thesis program in PLV and developed a course on Research Methodology, which he continues teaching to the Honors College students. Prior to being appointed as the Director for the Honors College in 2015, Mohsen has served as a Faculty Fellow in the Provost’s Office from 2013 to 2015. Mohsen is an avid player of Setar and Ney, two ancient musical instruments of Persian classical music. He keeps a keen interest in Persian poetry and Sufi philosophy.  

Jaclyn Kopel: Associate 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.

Dr. Pamela Belluomini: Senior Academic Advisor, Pforzheimer Honors College, NYC campus


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.

Kellie Vanwort: Academic Advisor: Pforzheimer Honors College, Pleasantville campus


Kellie VanWort was born and raised in Rockland County, New York. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Pace University where she majored in Applied Psychology. While an undergraduate student at Pace, Kellie was a part of the following honors societies: Lambda Sigma, Alpha Chi, Psi Chi, Gamma Sigma Alpha, & Golden Key. As a student she worked in ASPIRE as well as the Pace Bookstore and completed practicums at Rockland Psychiatric Center and NY Presbyterian-Weill Cornell. Junior year, she spent time abroad studying Australian culture. She is also a proud Pforzheimer Honors College alumnae. Kellie is currently completing her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling here at Pace and began working for the Honors College as an advisor in June 2014. She hopes to further her education and receive her PhD in Psychology with a concentration in Neuropsychology.