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Faculty and Staff Members at Pforzheimer Honors College NYC

Dr. William Offutt, JD, Ph.D Professor of History & Faculty AdvisorDr. William Offutt, JD, Ph.D
Professor of History & Faculty Advisor

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, Ed.D DirectorJaclyn Kopel, Ed.D

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; the Academic Excellence in History Award; the History Department Award; the 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, the Academy for Careers in Television and Film, and Pace’s Upward Bound Program. Jaclyn spent three years working for Undergraduate Admissions. She joined the Honors College as a staff member in October 2013 as the Program Coordinator and Office Manager. In July 2015 she became the Associate Director and in July 2017 she became the Director. Jaclyn received her M.S.Ed in Teacher Leadership. She also received her Egyptology Certificate from the University of Manchester. She recently finished her dissertation on personal connections and first-year retention.

Lindsey Lee, MA, MAT Thesis AdvisorLindsey Lee, MA, MAT
Thesis Advisor

Lindsey grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. She moved to NYC in 2002 to enroll in Pace University and its Honors College, double-majoring in English and Women's and Gender Studies. After graduating she missed school so much that she decided to take on graduate school. She earned her MA in English Literature at NYU, then realized that she wanted to be a teacher. So she went up to Annadale-on-Hudson and got a Master of Arts in Teaching from Bard College in 2010. Since then she has taught in every single borough of NYC. She taught in high schools in NYC DoE for five years before transitioning into adjunct work at various universities across the city. She considers herself an English major for life because of her lifelong love of reading and writing.

Mohini Gobin Academic AdvisorMohini Gobin
Academic Advisor

Mohini was an Honors student who graduated from Pace NYC this past May with her Bachelor of Science in Biology, minoring in Neuroscience and Psychology. She was heavily involved in the Honors College starting off in Honors Council where was she President (2016-2018), Treasurer (2015-2016), and Co-Chair of the Programming Committee (2014-2015). She spoke at Accepted Student events and Open Houses about her college experience and worked as a student assistant for our office. During her time at Pace she was also a University 101 Peer Leader, desk attendant, and office assistant for the Office of Housing and Residential Life. She also tutored Calculus and performed research at Haskins Laboratories and in the Biology Department through the Provost's Student-Faculty Research Program.

Anna Shostya, Ph.D Professor of Economics & Faculty AdvisorAnna Shostya, Ph.D
Professor of Economics & Faculty Advisor

A native of Ukraine, Anna Shostya is an Associate Professor of Economics and Assistant Chair at Pace University. She received her PhD in Economics from New School University and her MA in Economics from the City University of New York. From 2006 to 2016, she was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Shanghai fro Science and Technology in China. Her major fields of study are transition economics, higher education, and China economic studies. Dr. Shostya has published a variety of papers in her fields and has presented her work at national and international research conferences. She is a recipient of an Excellence in Teaching Award, several Mentoring Awards and a National Confucius Institute People-to-People Award. She is a member of the Oxford Round Table for her research contributions to the area of higher education in the USA. Dr. Shostya is also an avid photographer and has participated in many phot exhibitions and organized several photo exhibits with her students at Pace University.

Cyrielle Takoukam - PsychologyCyrielle Takoukam

My name is Nowou Cyrielle Talla Takoukam but I just go by Cyrielle Talla. I am originally from Yaoundé, Cameroon. I completed elementary school in Maryland, USA, middle school in Rome, Italy and high school in Antananarivo, Madagascar. I am majoring Psychology in the Dyson’s College of Arts and Sciences. I am the treasurer of Pace University’s new club Active Minds, a member of the Black Student Union and the Urban Sound dance team. This summer I was working as an Orientation Leader for the Office of Student Development and Campus Activities. In the fall, I am will be a Peer Leader for the Dyson’s Women’s Leadership Initiative as well as a student aide for the Pforzheimer Honors College.

Gab DeCastro Adol. Social Studies EducationGab DeCastro
Adol. Social Studies Education

Hi! My name is Gab DeCastro and I am a student aide for the Pforzheimer Honors College. I am from central New Jersey and I am so excited to be a part of the Honors College at Pace NYC! I am currently majoring in Adolescent Social Studies Education and I hope to have a career in teaching as well as professional development. At Pace I am a Queerleader through the LGBTQ+ Center, an Honors College mentor, and an RA in 182 Broadway ! My favorite thing to do in the city is to walk around and explore new places. A fun fact about me is that I am a sock enthusiast so if you see me around be sure to check them out.

Victor Pinillos Public AccountingVictor Pinillos
Public Accounting

Hey y'all! My name is Victor Pinillos. I'm a junior studying Public Accounting, on track to get my CPA license in two years. I was born in Lima, Peru and spent the majority of my life living in New Jersey. I am big fan of cooking and food in general. Throughout my time here at Pace, I've been involved in Greek Life and other clubs on campus. Currently, I am the President of my fraternity Sigma Lambda Beta and an active member of the Chess Club. I recently completed an internship with PricewaterhouseCoopers and will be interning there again in the summer in their Risk Assurance Department. My professional goal is to work for a Big Four Accounting Firm and make Partner status one day.