NJCU Introduces New Director for the Career Success Lab

March 28, 2022
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JERSEY CITY, N.J. | New Jersey City University (NJCU) has appointed Melissa Faulkner as its new Director of the reimagined Career Success Lab. Tamara Jhashi, Ph.D., Provost and Senior Vice President, made the announcement in a letter to the university community on March 28. The appointment is effective April 4.

Faulkner comes to NJCU with more than 20 years of experience in career services, focusing on areas such as employer development, career counseling, and experiential education. Her team on campus will provide NJCU’s students with excellent preparation for professional growth in careers and lifelong learning and through collaboration with critical members of the university community, including faculty, staff, alumni, and others, will create broad and deep connections that lead to relationships with employers.

Faulkner’s most recent role was at Bloomfield College as Director of Academic Advising and Career Education. She arrived at Bloomfield after six years at Montclair State University in the roles of Director for Career Success and Director of Cooperative Education and Internships.

Her higher educational career development and planning experience includes nearly three years as Director of Career Services at Felician University, and prior to that as Job Developer/Career Counselor at Monmouth University, Director of Career Planning at Cedar Crest College (Pa.), and Assistant Director for Experiential Education at Seton Hall University.

In addition, Faulkner has served a term as president of the New Jersey Association of Colleges and Employers and co-founder/president of the New Jersey Career Center Consortium. She is also a volunteer career counselor at Unchained at Last, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting women who choose to leave arranged marriages.

She holds a Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology — both earned at Seton Hall.

About NJCU:
New Jersey City University is an institution of higher learning with an audacious goal: the development of our students, our city, our communities, our state, and the world beyond. We are a game-changing force for our students and their families. Whether our students are enrolled in one of our 50 undergraduate, 30 graduate or three doctoral programs, NJCU provides an affordable, diverse environment, and an exceptionally supportive faculty—all of which prepares them to be critical thinkers in a global landscape.

We’re also changing the game for our city, our communities, and our state. As the educational anchor institution in Jersey City, we’ve established partnerships to ensure the area’s growth directly benefits our students and community members. We seek to improve the lives of everyone in the Garden State, whether creating a home for the arts, bringing educational programs to K-12 students, offering bachelor’s degrees in partnership with community colleges, or providing professional development opportunities for adults.

At NJCU, we’re not just educating minds, we’re nourishing souls and lifting communities. We’re changing the game.


Ira Thor
, Senior Director of University Communications and Media Relations | ithor@njcu.edu | 201-200-3301