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New Dean of the Honors College

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We are pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Dinan, PhD, as the Founding Dean of the Pforzheimer Honors College at Pace University.

Beginning August 2015 as Dean of the Pforzheimer Honors College, Susan Dinan, PhD, will spearhead the articulation, development, and implementation of a comprehensive vision that positions the Honors College as a first choice destination for high-achieving high school students. Dinan will be the primary ambassador of the Honors College to all internal and external constituencies including faculty, fellow Deans, prospective students and their parents, and advisors, alumni, donors, and employers.

She has served as the Director of the Honors College at William Paterson University in New Jersey since 2005. During her nine years at William Patterson, she doubled the size of the College to about 400 students. She created an “Honors Week” during which all graduating students share their thesis research and creative projects with the campus. She received the Student Government Association’s “Students First” award as recognition for creating close bonds with students and a student-centric campus culture. She also received the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Service Award.

Dinan earned her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and her doctorate in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She began her academic career at Long Island University’s C.W. Post campus where she won the David Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching and has served as President, Vice President, and faculty representative to the Northeast Regional Honors Council.

She has published multiple scholarly articles and authored Women and Poor Relief in Seventeenth-Century France: The Early History of the Daughters of Charity and is co-editor of Women and Religion in Old and New Worlds, a collection of essays on women's religious experiences in both Europe and the Americas during the colonial era.

She has taught courses in Reformation history and French history. She has participated in two National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Programs, the “Disease in the Middle Ages” seminar at the Wellcome Trust in London, and “Redefining the Sacred in Early Modern England” at the Folger Shakespeare Library Institute in Washington, DC.