Faculty and Staff

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Dr. Barbara Andrew, Dean, University Honors College
Raubinger Hall, 207-208
(973) 720-3658

Barbara Andrew is the Honors College Dean who works with you to make sure that your WP experience is outstanding. Dean Andrew believes that every student is capable of producing a high quality senior thesis. She has been in charge of the Honors College since the summer of 2015; has grown its enrollment; diversified its student population; and increased its first-year retention and four-year graduation rates. Dean Andrew holds an undergraduate degree from Vassar College, a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies and master’s and doctoral degrees in Philosophy from the University at Stony Brook. Her own research specializes in feminist theory, ethics, social and political philosophy. Her most recent publications consider love and freedom as moral principles. Dr. Andrew served as Chair of the Department of Philosophy from 2011 until her appointment as interim Honors College Director in 2015. She has taught at William Paterson University since 2002. Previously, she taught at the University of Oregon and the University of Montana.

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Jan Pinkston, University Honors College Associate Director
Raubinger Hall, 207-208
(973) 720-3776

Jan Pinkston is committed to helping students achieve their academic and personal goals. In addition to teaching Honors 1010 courses, she serves as a mentor to students who are facing various challenges throughout their academic career. Jan is responsible for planning and coordinating Honors civic engagement opportunities, including the annual Honors College Coat Drive, and large-scale events such as an annual University-wide awards ceremony and various events showcasing student research. Throughout her career at WP, Jan has contributed a signifigant amount of service to the University including serving over ten years on the Executive Board of AFT Local 1796, and as a member of various Senate and University-wide committees. She currently serves as the Honors SGA Club advisor, and as a member of the Research, Scholarship, and Creative Expression Senate Council and a member of the University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Jan was appointed to Honors at William Paterson in January, 2000. She has an M.A. in English from William Paterson University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Illinois.

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Dr. Elizabeth Harkins, Honors's Fellow
Raubinger Hall, 208b                                                                                                                                                              
(973) 720-3576
Dr. Elizabeth Harkins is the current Program Director of the Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Disabilities Advanced Masters Program at WPUNJ. She studies the effects of intersectional oppressions across special education communities, policies, and pedagogy. Dr. Harkins is on the Fulbright Specialist Roster and is the president of the Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities.


Ashanti Jones, MSW, Adjunct Professor and Honors Academic Support
(973) 475-3776

Ashanti Jones, MSW is a passionate advocate for education and social justice, whose journey has been deeply intertwined with William Paterson University (WPUNJ). Ashanti graduated from WPUNJ in 2015, where she found her calling in psychology and Africana World Studies. Since then, she has been committed to fostering education excellence both within and beyond the classroom. She obtained her master's degree in 2018 and In 2021, Ashanti returned to WPUNJ, this time as an adjunct professor in the community and social justice studies program. With her firsthand experience as a student and her dedication to empowering others, Ashanti strives to create an inclusive and dynamic learning environment where students can thrive and realize their full potential. A lifelong learner, she is currently pursuing her Ph.D., driven by her passion for research and her desire to make a lasting impact in her field. 


Hannah Comia, Honors Academic Support Coach

Joining the William Paterson Honors College staff in Spring 2024, Hannah Comia is an academic support coach, helping students reach and maintain their Honors goals and commitments. As a pianist and coach, she works with the WP Chamber Choir, Opera Workshop, Musical Theatre Ensemble, and Voxtet. She also teaches piano minor students and coaches vocal students. Recently, she became the Piano Coordinator for the Music Mentors Program at WP. She has an M.M. in Piano Performance from Syracuse University and a B.M. in Piano Performance from William Paterson University. While at Syracuse University, she worked with the Graduate School, training other Teaching Assistants and helping with programming for the school.  

Honors College Office Assistants

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Dr. Joseph Spagna

Dr. Joseph Spagna, Biology
Science Hall East 4039
(973) 720-2793

Dr. Joseph Spagna is the director of the Biology Track and associate professor of Biology. His research interests include systematics, evolution, and biomechanics of arthropods. Students in Dr. Spagna's lab use high-speed video, movement analysis, genetics, and computer modeling to figure out how spiders and ants have evolved to move the ways they do.


Dr. John Malindretos, Business
Valley Road 3035
(973) 720-2221

Dr. John Malindretos has had a diverse background in the areas of academia, entrepreneurship and industry. He has taught at St. John’s and Rutgers universities in addition to WP. At former universities, he developed an internship program in which he placed numerous students with permanent employment. He has been nominated for excellence in instruction and research. He has over one hundred presentations in Finance, Accounting and Management. Additionally, he has published more than one hundred book chapters and refereed journal articles. Moreover, he has co-authored a monograph in International Finance. Dr. Malindretos was instrumental in bringing scholarly journals to the Cotsakos College of Business. The first was entitled The International Journal of Finance of which he was the Co-editor. The second is the Journal of Business in Developing Nations of which he is the editor in chief. Dr. Malindretos managed and owned a real estate firm for about 15 years. He has consulted for commercial banks and investment banks. He has had a career in Wall Street that spans a dozen years. He associated himself with a few firms, the most notable of which was Salomon Smith Barney. He founded and managed an investment bank as the Chairman of the board of directors.

Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology Track

Dr. Bruce Diamond, Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology
Science Hall East 2062B
(973) 720-3400

Dr. Diamond is a licensed neuropsychologist (NJ) specializing in clinical neuropsychological assessment and neurorehabilitation. His research focuses on the neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience of memory, executive function, attention/concentration, information processing and mood/anxiety using standardized, computer-based and brain imaging/autonomic measures in healthy and in clinical populations. A practicing clinician, he has published extensively and presented at numerous national and international conferences.

Cognitive Science Director

Dr. Michael Gordon, Cognitive Science
Science Hall East 5013
(973) 720-3345

Dr. Michael Gordon is the interim Cognitive Science Honors track director. He completed his doctorate at the University of California, Riverside, with an emphasis on sensory processes, perception, neuroscience, and philosophy. His post-doctoral study, at the University of Toronto's Centre for Biological Communications, focused on speech and hearing sciences, linguistics, psychophysics, and development across the lifespan. He is the author of numerous publications, with recent explorations into the mechanisms of time and experiences of duration, interactions with music, and how the human skull filters sound for auditory perception. Dr. Gordon also directs the User Interface/User Experience (UI/UX) program and collaborates with students and community organizations to explore how users can access resources more effectively.

Cognitive Science Director

Dr. Christopher Herbert, Music
Shea Center 172
(973) 720-2334

Dr. Christopher Dylan Herbert is an Associate Professor at William Paterson University. He teaches one-on-one voice lessons, teaches Music History, advises students, manages and coordinates the Vocal Program, directs Opera Workshop, and is the Music Honors Track Director. He holds a B.A. in Music from Yale University, an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University, and D.M.A. in Voice from The Juilliard School. He was the baritone in the critically acclaimed ensemble New York Polyphony from 2010 to 2020. His is current research focus is on the music of the eighteenth-century Ephrata Cloister of Pennsylvania. www.christopherdylanherbert.com

Nursing Track Director

Dr. Jill Nocella, Nursing 
Hunziker Wing 207

Dr. Nocella received her master’s degree in nursing science from the Pennsylvania State University in 2002 and her Ph.D. in Nursing Research and Theory Development from New York University in 2013. She is a clinical nurse specialist in community health as well as a board certified complex case manager.  Her area of practice has been in the managed care environment as well as the home care setting. Her research is focused on quality of care as well as self-management of chronic conditions.

Dr. Martha Witt, Performing and Literary Arts
Preakness Hall 325
(973) 720-3199

Dr. Martha Witt, Professor of Creative Writing and English, is a novelist, essayist, translator, and short story writer. Her work has appeared in numerous national and international journals. Her novel, Broken as Things Are (Holt, 2004; Picador, 2005), and her several book translations from Italian have met with critical praise. With an MA from Johns Hopkins University’s Writing Seminars, an MFA from New York University, and an EdD from Teacher’s College, Columbia University, Professor Witt is interested in helping students discover and pursue their creative interests. 

Dr. Danielle M. Wallace, Social Sciences
Atrium 106
(973) 720-3026

Dr. Danielle Wallace holds a B.A. in Black Studies from the State University of New York College at New Paltz, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in African American Studies from Temple University. Dr. Wallace’s research interests include Black families, gender and sexual politics, and the socio-political roots of Africana Studies. Her current scholarship and publications center on Black student activism and Black male/female relationships, especially the dating, marriage and mate selection ideals of Black men and women. 


Dr. K. Molly O'Donnell, Humanities
Atrium 203
(973) 720-2146

Dr. K. Molly O’Donnell is a modern German historian with broad teaching areas in European social history, women’s history, and the history of imperialism. Her courses train students to trace their family histories, research the everyday lives of ordinary people in the past, use role-playing, literature, and information technology to examine the past, and explore the intersections of class, race, and gender. Her research explores the impacts of German women’s colonization in Southwest Africa through the Nazi era, particularly on interracial rumors, gossip, and violence. 


Dr. Marianne Sullivan, Global Public Health
(973) 720-3481

Dr. Marianne Sullivan is Professor of Public Health. She is the author of Tainted Earth: Smelters, Public Health and the Environment, Rutgers University Press (2014). Her recent articles concern environmental justice, childhood lead exposure, community research partnerships, and environmental data and governance.