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Pace University – Pforzheimer Honors College
200 Kessel Suite, Room 215
861 Bedford Road
Pleasantville, NY 10570

Phone: (914) 773-3848
Fax: (914) 773-3896

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 ofWomen 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.

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.

Carol Turco: Staff Associate: Pforzheimer Honors College, Pleasantville campus


Carol has worked with Student Affairs since 2005 starting out in Student Development and Campus and most recently in the Dean for Students Office. She has provided support in many projects such as Convocation, Homecoming, Commencement, and Family and Parent Orientation. Carol and Rich have been married 39 years with two beautiful daughters and are enjoying being grandparents to the adorable Arianna Grace. She is extremely excited to be a part of the Honors College Team and looks forward to meeting all of the wonderful Honors students!