Group of students at weekend seminar

Society of Fellows

The Society of Fellows of Dyson College of Arts and Sciences is the premier honors organization in the college. The Society fosters undergraduate scholarship in the arts and sciences by providing enriching experiences for students with outstanding academic ability. Participation and membership in the Society of Fellows offers students opportunities to develop their critical thinking skills, and intellectual and artistic creativity as part of a supportive academic community.

Each fall the Society hosts a Weekend Seminar where students, faculty, and alumni discuss an important topic in a casual setting in upstate New York. At the Society’s Annual Meeting held in early spring each year, students present their faculty-mentored scholarly research and artistic projects. New members are recognized at the annual Initiation Ceremony held in late spring each year. In 2018, Jean F. Coppola Class is the first named “in memoriam,” honoring Coppola, a Seidenberg professor who passed away in 2017. Nancy L. Hale, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, presented the keynote address, praising the life of her former colleague.

Transactions of the Society of Fellows of Dyson College is the official journal of the Society. Peer-reviewed by Dyson faculty, the journal publishes the work of Pace University students completed under the sponsorship of faculty who often are Fellows.


Judi Pajo, PhD
Associate Professor
Chair of Sociology/Anthropology



The Society of Fellows began in the fall of 1980 with a weekend seminar devoted to questions in applied ethics. The first class of members inducted at the formal inauguration of the Society in December 1981 was named after distinguished philosopher and Pace faculty member William Barrett. Since then, a new class is inducted annually and named after a member of our society who has made a significant contribution to the ideals we hold important. To date, more than 400 hold the distinction of Fellow of Dyson College.


Charles H. Dyson, Edward J. Mortola, Joseph E. Houle, M. Teresa Brady, R.D.C, John H. Buchsbaum, Louis V. Quintas

Being bound by ties of friendship and dedication to the ideals of liberal education, do hereby constitute themselves and their successors, forever, as fellows of the Dyson College with the duty of promoting undergraduate scholarship among the members of said college and admitting into its society and fellowship only those students, faculty, alumni, staff and friends of the Dyson College who advance in a noteworthy and exemplary fashion the purposes of the society as expressed in its constitution.