Fellows of the 2011 Class

M.L.S., Academic and Digital Library and Information Science, St. John's University
M.A., Philosophy of Religion; Moral Theology; Metaphysics, Fordham University

Kathryn G.

Associate Professor

Information and communication technologies and the social justice and ethical dimensions these tools offer in the pursuit of peace and preservation of human rights.

St. John's University

Professor Shaughnessy holds an M.L.S. in Academic and Digital Library and Information Science from St. John's University and a M.A. in the Philosophy of Religion, Moral Theology from Fordham University. Her research interest is information and communication technologies and the social justice and ethical dimensions these tools offer in the pursuit of peace and preservation of human rights. Professor Shaughnessy serves as faculty for the Global Development and Social Justice masters program, where she is developing a digital resource library for the online MA, and as a faculty expert for the Holy See Mission for the Committee on Information.

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M.S., Journalism, Columbia University; B.A., Journalism, Ohio State University

Mark J.

Associate Professor

Secrecy, First Amendment, and the People’s Right to Know

St. John's University

Professor Prendergast joined the full-time faculty in 2007, precisely 40 years after beginning his college career as a St. John's freshman.  He returned in 2002 as a member of the adjunct faculty to teach journalism while working at The New York Times. He previously worked at The New York Daily News and The Washington Post, among others.  Most recently, he was the 2009-12 Ombudsman for Stars and Stripes, guarding the military newspaper's independence and editorial integrity.  His professional honors include a 2010 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Column Writing and the 2011 First Amendment Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.  He holds an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University and a B.A. in Journalism from Ohio State.  His research interests are privacy, secrecy, the First Amendment, and the people's "right to know."

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Pharm. D., Philadelphia College of Pharmacy

Priti N.

Associate Clinical Professor

Access to multilingual medication instructions, and Language Access Provisions in State Pharmacy Practice Acts and Resources

St. John's University

Dr. Patel earned a Pharm.D. from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy after attending Wellesley College. She joined the Faculty at St. John’s in 2004 where she also co-directs the St. John’s University Drug Information Service at LIJ Medical Center. Her research interests are access to multilingual medication instructions and Language Access Provisions in State Pharmacy Practice Acts and Resources.

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J.D., Boston University School of Law; LL.M., J.S.D., Columbia University School of Law

Marc O.

Assistant Professor, Assistant Director

Law and Religion, Criminal Law

St. John's University

Professor DeGirolami completed his undergraduate work at Duke, earned a M.A. in Romance Languages and Literature at Harvard, his J.D. at Boston University School of Law and both his J.S.D. and LL.M. at Columbia Law. He has clerked for US District Judge William Smith of Rhode Island and US Circuit Court Judge Jerome Farris of Seattle, before coming to St. John’s where he teaches law and religion, as well as criminal law with an emphasis on theories of punishment. Marc taught at Columbia Law School and at the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University. Marc has presented and published widely and is currently working on “Tragedy and History: The Quality of Religious Liberty” (Harvard University Press).


Ph.D., Accounting, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Nina T.

Associate Professor, Assistant Chairperson

Financial reporting, capital markets, and the Earned Income Tax Credit

St. John's University

Dr. Dorata holds a Ph.D. in Accounting from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She is a double alumna of St. John’s College of Business where she earned a B.A. in Accounting and M.B.A. with a concentration in Taxation. She is the coordinator of the VITA program and is the 2010 recipient of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Faculty Fellowship for Recognition of Teaching Excellence Award. Her research interests are financial reporting, capital markets and the Earned Income Tax Credit.

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PhD., Comparative Politics and Political Theory, New School for Social Research

Fred P.

Assistant Professor

Post-conflict institution building, social policy development, and ethnic and community political dynamics. Geographically, primary focus on the Balkans, and in particular, the former Yugoslav province of Kosovo. For doctoral dissertation, researched and wrote on the reconstruction of the public social welfare system in Kosovo after the 1998-1999 conflict. More recently, has been examining the political integration of Roma, Bosniak, and Turkish minorities in the province.

St. John's University

Dr. Cocozzelli holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Politics and Political Theory from the New School for Social Research. His research interests are in post-conflict institution building, social policy development, and ethnic and community political dynamics. He has worked for Catholic Relief Services in the Balkans and particularly in the former Yugoslav province of Kosovo. This geographic area is the subject of much of his research.

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Ph.D., University of Melbourne

R. Mitch

Assistant Professor

Strategic management and organizational performance, particularly in areas of knowledge, innovation, intellectual property, and human capital

St. John's University

Dr. Casselman has taught strategic management, innovation, and international management at the undergraduate, postgraduate, and executive levels in Australia, China, Panama, California and most recently, in the Department of Management, Peter J. Tobin College of Business. Prior to undertaking a Ph.D. at the University of Melbourne in Australia, he spent more than 15 years in various senior management roles in the technology industry in Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Casselman’s research is focused on innovation, knowledge management and “base of the pyramid” theories and practice of inclusive business.

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Ph.D., Counselor Education, St. John's University
Advanced Certificate in School Psychology, City College of CUNY

Robert K.

Associate Professor

Accountability and best practices in counseling, linking research and practice, closing achievement and opportunity gaps for all students, outcome research in counseling and literacy, use of therapeutic communication skills to improve counseling outcomes.

St. John's University

Dr. Eschenauer has dedicated his career toward ideals embodied by the Vincentian philosophy in educational counseling and evaluation for over 40 years. A licensed mental health counselor, he has practiced and taught in a variety of venues. Dr. Eschenauer has conducted numerous seminars and group sessions for priests and religious and is an annual presenter in the Acculturation Seminar for International Priests conducted by the Vincentian Center. He holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from St. John's University and an advanced certificate in school psychology from City College of CUNY. His research is focused on accountability (therapeutic outcomes), psychotherapy and therapeutic language.

Food for Thought

A Catholic university is called to become an evermore effective instrument of cultural progress for individuals as well as for society. Included among its research activities, therefore, will be a study of serious contemporary problems in areas such as the dignity of human life, the promotion of justice for all, the quality of personal and family life, the protection of nature, the search for peace and political stability, a more just sharing in the world’s resources and a new economic and political order that will better serve the human community at a national and international level.

Pope John Paul II,
Ex Corde Ecclesiae (32)