Provost's Council

Provost's Council

Dr. Nurdan Aydin

Interim Assistant Provost

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Dr. Nurdan S Duzgoren-Aydin is the Interim Assistant Provost and Professor of Environmental Geochemistry. She earned her PhD at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. She received her BSc in Geological Engineering and MSc in Geochemistry degrees from Middle East Technical University, Turkey. She joined NJCU in 2010 and served as the chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. In her current role, she provides academic and professional leadership in offering new academic degree programs; assessing and improving existing undergraduate curricula; and developing and implementing relevant policies and procedures. Dr. Duzgoren-Aydin plans organizes and implements data-informed academic strategies focusing on faculty-excellence and faculty-student engagement initiatives including the Separately Budgeted Research Grant. She is the team leader of the Frontier Set Grant funded by AASCU and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. (


Tamara T. Cunningham

Assistant Vice President for Global Initiatives & Confucius Institute Foreign Director

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Tamara Cunningham has held instrumental roles in both Academic Affairs and Student Affairs. She is currently the Assistant Vice President for Global Initiatives at New Jersey City University (NJCU) where she oversees the institution’s strategic internationalization plan and partnerships with colleges and universities throughout the world. She is also the Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute (CI) at NJCU, and works closely with the Chinese government to further cultivate Sino-US relations. In addition to the CI, International Programs & Study Aboard, the American English Program, international summer camps and the ACE Internationalization Lab report to Ms. Cunningham’s Global Initiative’s unit. Ms. Cunningham is a champion of everything global and has journeyed abroad to establish strategic partnerships, cultivate donors, recruit international students and secure study abroad opportunities for NJCU’s students. During Ms. Cunningham’s tenure, the University has seen an increase in international students and faculty-led study abroad trips, and the campus has transformed into a more internationally diverse and culturally-rich community. Ms. Cunningham is active in a number of organizations including the American International Recruitment Council (AIRC), One to World, the International Consultants for Education and Fairs (ICEF), Friends of India, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), Women Rising, One World and more. Tamara is currently pursuing a doctorate in Higher Education at St. Peter’s University. She holds a master’s degree in Communications and Information Studies from Rutgers the State University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from NJCU. 


Michael Edmondson, Ph.D.

Dean, Professional Education and Lifelong Learning

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Michael Edmondson, Ph.D. is the Dean, Professional Education and Lifelong Learning at New Jersey City University and author of several publications including Marketing Your Value: 9 Steps to Navigate Your Career, Major in Happiness: Debunking the College Major Fallacies, and Success: Theory and Practice. He received his B.A. in History from Cabrini College, his M.A. in History from Villanova University, and his PhD in History from Temple University.


Dr. Deborah Gee Woo

Interim Dean, Deborah Cannon Partridge Wolfe College of Education and the College of Professional Studies

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Dr. Woo earned her EdD and EdM in Early Childhood/Elementary Education with a concentration in early literacy from Rutgers and a BA in Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University. She has served as Associate Provost and Chairperson of the Literacy Education Department. Dr. Woo’s research interests have included studies of literacy instruction in kindergarten, characteristics of effective teachers, fluency and comprehension instruction, and tutoring programs for struggling readers. She has presented at international, national and state conferences and published in The Reading Teacher, Reading Research and Instruction, Scientific Study of Reading, Literacy Research & Instruction, and Journal of Literacy Research.


Dr. Scott Mittman

Interim Associate Dean of Sciences

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Scott Mittman received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Environmental Sciences from Rutgers University, New Jersey and his B.S. in Zoology from the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently the Interim Associate Dean of Sciences at New Jersey City University. Prior to NJCU, he served as Division Head and Professor at Essex County College and before that as Microbiology Subject Matter Expert at Columbia University Medical Center with an academic appointment as Research Scientist. Dr. Mittman has taught at all levels of the curriculum and produced a robust record of teaching and service. His research accomplishments and interests are in microbiology, sustainability and environmental sciences. Extracurricularly, Dr. Mittman serves as Vice President for the New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability.


Dr. Karen Morgan

Interim Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Experience

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Dr. Karen D. Morgan is the Interim Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Experience and Associate Professor of Mathematics at New Jersey City University, where she manages the Academic Affairs budget process. She develops data-informed strategies to support the academic success, retention, degree completion, and the overall educational experience for undergraduate students. Through her lens as administrator, mathematician, educator, and poet, Morgan presents and publishes on various leadership and academic topics. Over the past 20 years Dr. Morgan has achieved recognition for her leadership efforts in enhancing student success, innovative pedagogical approaches to teaching, ability to intellectually stimulate her students, research in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and commitment to higher education. Dr. Morgan holds a B.A., an M.S., and a Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi.


Dr. Bernard McSherry

Founding Dean, NJCU School of Business

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Bernard McSherry is Founding Dean of the NJCU School of Business. He graduated from Wagner College with a B.S. in Economics and Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. He received a M.B.A. with concentrations in Finance and International Business from the Stern School of Business at NYU and a D.P.S. in Business with concentrations in International Economics and Management from the Lubin School of Business at Pace University. During a 33-year career on Wall Street, he served six terms as a Governor of the New York Stock Exchange, founded McSherry & Company, one of the largest independent brokerage firms on the NYSE, served as CEO of SunGard Global Execution Services, and as Managing Director of Prudential Equity Group. His stock market and economic commentaries have been widely disseminated through frequent appearances in print and broadcast news.


Dr. Christina McSherry

Associate Dean, College of Professional Studies & NJCU @ Wall Township

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Dr. Christina B. McSherry, a Certified Nurse Educator whose previous international medical mission experiences informs a unique global perspective to her work, brings 39 years of experience and knowledge to her role as the Associate Dean for the College of Professional Studies and in Wall Township. She has participated in two National Institute of Health granted research projects, and presented her research internationally. She specializes in developing and implementing undergraduate generic, honors, and graduate nursing programs, along with curriculum development and program assessment. She received her B.S.N. in Nursing from Wagner College and both her Master’s in Nursing Education and Ph.D. in Research and Theory Development from New York University’s College of Nursing.


Dr. João Sedycias

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

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João Sedycias received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from SUNY-Buffalo. He has an M.A. in English, a second M.A. in Spanish, and a B.A. in Spanish from SUNY-Buffalo, where he also pursued a second concentration in Biology. He is currently the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at NJCU. Before coming to NJCU, he served as Dean of Arts & Humanities at SUNY Oneonta and before that as Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Dr. Sedycias has taught at colleges and universities both in the U.S. and abroad at all levels of the curriculum. He has an ongoing research agenda that has enjoyed international recognition and an equally strong record of teaching and service


Dr. Lourdes Sutton

Associate Dean, Deborah Cannon Partridge Wolfe College of Education

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Dr. Lourdes Sutton serves as the Associate Dean for the Deborah Cannon Partridge Wolfe College of Education at New Jersey City University. Dr. Sutton has apptoximately two decades experience as an educator and has held various positions within the College of Education. Prior to her arrival at NJCU, Dr. Sutton served as a public school teacher. She began her career in education as the recipient of the Geraldine R. Dodge Fellowship Award for Outstanding New Teacher in the State of New Jersey in 1996. In 2014, she was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award from The National Society of Leadership and Success. She holds four K-12 teacher certifications. She also earned degrees in English Literature and Literacy Education from Jersey City State College, and a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Northcentral University


Dr. Sarah Vandermark

Assistant Provost for Student Success

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Dr. Sarah Vandermark currently serves as the Assistant Provost for Student Success. She is responsible for creating, redesigning, and developing university wide student success initiatives, including a data-informed holistic advisement model.   Prior to her time at NJCU, Dr. Vandermark served as the Executive Director of the Center for Student Success at New Jersey Institute of Technology.  Under her leadership and vision, Sarah restructured Academic Advisement, New Student Orientation, Disability Support Services, Testing, and The Learning Center. Throughout her career, Sarah has incorporated strategic planning which has been driven by improving student retention, student achievement gap, and graduation rates.  Sarah earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Sociology from Wilkes University, Master’s Degree in College Student Development and Counseling from Northeastern University and her PhD from Montclair State University in Counselor Education.