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Middle States Self-Study

Seton Hall University has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1932 and must go through a full re-accreditation process every 8 years.  The initial part of the re-accreditation process is a lengthy and rigorous self study, in which the University assesses its strengths and weaknesses based upon seven standards outlined by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

After the completion of this self study, the University will be visited by a team of examiners, selected by Middle States. Dr. Katia Passerini, the University's Provost, charged a Middle States Self Study Committee to oversee this important process.  The Committee is led by Co-Chairs Leigh Onimus, J.D. and Dr. John Saccoman. This website will serve as the community resource to keep the community informed about, and involved in, the Self Study and the work of the various working groups that will complete it.

View the results of the 2014 Middle States visit »

Steering Committee

  • Leigh M. Onimus, J.D., Associate Dean, Stillman School of Business (Co-Chair)
  • John Saccoman, Ph.D., Professor & Chair, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (Co-Chair)
  • Mary Balkun, Professor Department of English & Director of Faculty Development
  • Concetta Beale, Director, Office of Institutional Research
  • Gregory Burton, Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Vikram Dayalu, Department Chair & Associate Professor, Department of Speech-Language Pathology
  • Jonathan Farina, Special Advisor to the Provost & Associate Professor of English, Department of English
  • Stephen Landry, Chief Information Officer
  • Father Joseph Laracy, Assistant Professor, Department of Systematic Theology/Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Erik Lillquist, Associate Provost for Strategy and Finance, Office of the Provost
  • Susan Nolan, Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Peter Shoemaker, Associate Provost, Office of the Provost
  • Andrew Simon, Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Karen Van Norman, Associate Vice President & Dean of Students

Working Groups


Middle States Standard 1: Mission & Goals

  • Ki Joo Choi (Co-Chair), Professor & Chair, Department of Religion
  • Father Brian Muzas (Co-Chair), Assistant Professor, Diplomacy and International Relations
  • Rev. Gerald Buonopane, Minister, Priest Community & Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • King Mott, Associate Professor, Political Science & Public Affairs
  • Sona Patel, Associate Professor, Department of Speech-Language Pathology
  • Mary Ellen Roberts, Associate Professor, College of Nursing
  • Marianne Lloyd, Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Angela Weisl, Professor & Chair, Department of English
  • Jeanne Brasile, Gallery Director, University Archives, University Library
  • Lorna Schroeck, Secretary, Office of Campus Ministry
  • Prableen Dua, Graduate Student
  • Karen Passaro, Dean, Professional Studies and Continuing Education

Middle States Standard 2: Ethics & Integrity

  • Lori Brown (Co-Chair), Chief Equity, Diversity & Compliance Officer, Office of General Counsel
  • Abe Zakhem (Co-Chair), Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Philosophy
  • Alan Delozier, University Archivist/Special Collections Librarian, University Library
  • Bryan Pilkington, Associate Professor, Department of Interprofessional Health Sciences and Health Administration
  • Jon Radwan, Associate Professor, Communication & the Arts, & Director of the Institute for Communication and Religion
  • Minsun Lee, Assistant Professor, Department of Professional Psychology and Family Therapy
  • Eric Johnston, Associate Professor, Department of Undergraduate Theology
  • Joy Hayward, Director HRIS, Human Resources
  • Brandon Larmore, Director Student Support Services, Upward Bound
  • Diane Russo, Assistant Dean, Continuing Education and Professional Studies
  • Javonda Asante, Director, Financial Aid Office
  • Elizabeth McCrea, Associate Professor, Department of Management
  • Kathleen Boozang, Dean, School of Law
  • Brian Shulman, Dean, School of Health and Medical Sciences

Middle States Standard 3: Design & Delivery of the Student Learning Experience

  • Thomas Rzeznik (Co-Chair), Associate Professor, Department of History
  • Majid A. Whitney (Co-Chair), Assistant Vice President & Senior Associate Dean, Student Services
  • James Kimble, Professor, Communication and the Arts
  • Brenda Knight, Secretary to the Dean, Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office
  • Marianne Lloyd, Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Martin Edwards, Professor & Chair, Diplomacy & International Relations
  • Vaughn Calhoun, Assistant Vice President & Dean, Center for Academic Success
  • Elizabeth McDermott, Assistant Dean, College of Nursing
  • Todd Stockdale, Teaching Fellow, Core Curriculum
  • Mark Schild, Assistant Dean & Instructor of Finance, Department of Finance
  • Jessica Cottrell, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Marie Foley, Dean, College of Nursing

Middle States Standard 4: Support of the Student Experience

  • Nicole Giglia (Co-Chair), Assistant Dean of Students, Dean of Students
  • Kristi Stinson (Co-Chair), Associate Professor & Chair, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Dennis Schuck, Residence Coordinator, Housing and Residence Life
  • Akirah Fenimore, Associate Director, Educational Opportunity Program
  • Kimberly Thompson, Senior Associate Director of Admissions
  • Sahan Theegala, Undergraduate Student, Student Government Association
  • Amy Joh, Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Psychology
  • Kristi Luttrell, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Renee Robinson, Interim Dean, College of Communication and the Arts
  • Msgr. Joseph Reilly, Rector/Dean, School of Theology
  • Natalie Neubauer, Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor, Department of Speech-Language Pathology, School of Health and Medical Sciences
  • Donovan Sherman, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of English
  • Carissa Leoni, Assistant Director & Tutor Coordinator, Academic Support Services for Student Athletes
  • Andrea McDowell, Professor, Law School

Middle States Standard 5: Educational Effectiveness Assessment

  • Nalin Johri (Co-Chair), Acting MHA Program Director and Associate Professor, Department of Interprofessional Health Sciences and Health Administration
  • Kelly Shea (Co-Chair), Associate Professor, Department of English & Director of First-Year Writing
  • Nancy Enright, Director of the University Core & Professor, Department of English
  • Ramona Guthrie, Assistant Chair & Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
  • Elizabeth Halpin, Associate Dean, School of Diplomacy and International Relations and Associate Director, H&M Roman Leadership Center, Buccino Leadership Institute
  • Judith Lothian, Chair & Professor, Graduate Department of Nursing
  • Wendiann Sethi, Senior Faculty Associate, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science & Director of Developmental Mathematics
  • Amy Phillips, Learning Systems Manager, Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center
  • Ania Calka, Director of Advising and Technology Integration, Office of the Provost
  • Anthony Nicotera, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology Anthropology Social Work and Criminal Justice
  • Kelly Goedert, Professor & Chair, Department of Psychology
  • Denis McLaughlin, Professor, William E. Garland Fellow, Law School
  • Joseph Martinelli, Interim Dean, College of Education and Human Services
  • Joyce Strawser, Dean, Stillman School of Business

Middle States Standard 6: Planning, Resources, & Institutional Improvement

  • Pamela Adams (Co-Chair), Associate Professor of Management, Department of Management
  • Erik Lillquist (Co-Chair), Associate Provost for Strategy and Finance, Office of the Provost
  • Anne Hewitt, Acting Chair and Professor, Department of Interprofessional Health Sciences and Health Administration and Director of the Seton Center for Community and Population Health
  • John Signorello, Associate Vice President for Facilities & Operations, Facilities and Business Affairs
  • James Solodar, Budget Director, Budget Office
  • Franklin Williams, Assistant Director of Grants and Research Services, Grants and Research Services
  • Paul Fisher, Associate Chief Information Officer & Director, Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center
  • Amy Hunter, Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Caryn Grabowski, Director of Clinical Education, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Speech-Language Pathology
  • Michael Silvestro, Associate Vice President, Human Resources
  • Cecilia Marzabadi, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Laura Wangerin, Assistant Professor, Department of History
  • John Buschman, Dean, University Libraries

Middle States Standards 7 - Governance, Leadership, & Administration

  • Amy Newcombe (Co-Chair), Assistant Provost for Faculty Affairs, Office of the Provost
  • Hongfei Tang (Co-Chair), Associate Professor, Department of Finance
  • Bonnie Burkhardt, Director of Business Intelligence, Office of the Provost
  • Thomas Rondinella, Professor, Communication & the Arts
  • Nathaniel Knight, Professor & Chair, Department of History
  • Robert Pallitto, Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Affairs
  • Juergen Heinrichs, Associate Professor, Communication & the Arts
  • Jennifer Itzkowitz, Associate Professor, Department of Finance
  • Latisha Porter-Vaughn, Legal Support Specialist, Law School
  • Kirsten Schultz, Associate Professor, Department of History
  • Georita Frierson, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Courtney Smith, Dean, School of Diplomacy and International Relations

Communications Committee

  • Amadu (Jacky) Kaba (Co-Chair), Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology Anthropology Social Work and Criminal Justice
  • Michael Soupios (Co-Chair), Director of Digital Media and Web Development, TLTC
  • Milan Stanic, Director of IT Communications and Digital Engagement
  • Pegeen Hopkins, Assistant Vice President, Strategic Communications and Brand
  • Gregory Iannarella, Lecturer, Department of English
  • Viswa Viswanathan, Associate Professor of Computing and Decision Sciences, Department of Computing and Decision Sciences
  • Christopher Petruzzi, Manager UI & Multimedia Design, TLTC

Compliance Committee

  • Lisa DeLuca (Chair), Assistant Dean for Library-Public Services, University Library
  • Toni Hindsman, Director of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Compliance & Title IX Coordinator, EEO Compliance
  • Alison MacMillan, Chief Audit Executive, Internal Audit
  • Judith Erlandsen, Assistant Registrar, Registrar Operations
  • Christopher Kaiser, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Student Services and Enrollment Management, Arts & Sciences
  • Peter Trunk, Director Administrative Services, Office of Business Affairs
  • Sheila Riley, Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration, Arts & Sciences