Provost's Council

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Office of the Provost's Council

Read about each of our council members below

Dr. Nurdan Aydin

Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

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Dr. Nurdan S Duzgoren-Aydin serves as the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs since January, 2019.  She was the Interim Assistant Provost at NJCU (2016-2018). Prior to joining the Office of the Provost, she chaired NJCU’s Earth and Environmental Sciences department. She works with the Provost and the Provost Council on the implementation of the University’s Strategic Plan. Dr. Aydin plans and implements faculty/staff development, faculty orientation and engagement, and administration-faculty governance initiatives. Her portfolio includes providing oversight for academic policies and procedures, new academic degree approval processes, program review, grants administration, curriculum development, course assessment, and faculty-student engagement. Dr. Aydin earned her Ph.D. at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. She received her B.Sc. in Geological Engineering and her M.Sc. in Geochemistry from Middle East Technical University, Turkey.  She joined NJCU in 2010 as an Associate Professor and was promoted to Full Professor in 2014. In 2013, Dr. Aydin was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award from The National Society of Leadership and Success. She was recognized as the first Distinguished Lecturer of the International Society for Medical Geology. She was the elected President of the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health, and serves as the Guest Editor of Geosciences.  She holds an impressive track record of SCI-Indexed publications and external grant awards. Dr. Aydin is the co-leader of the Frontier Set, and the Student Success Academy grants supported by AASCU and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 


Dr. Maria Lynn

Interim Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Experience

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Maria Lynn received her Ph.D. in Psychology (Social Psychology) and MSW (Family & Individual Counseling) from St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri. She has a B.A. in Economics from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. She is currently the Interim Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Experience, and faculty member of the Psychology Department at NJCU. Before coming to NJCU, she was the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at St. Louis University, where she collaborated with faculty on projects related to teaching pedagogy, classroom instruction, and student engagement across the disciplines. Her past and present research interests aim to better understand social dynamics across different cultures in order to facilitate learning and collaboration.

Tamara T. Cunningham

Assistant Vice President for Global Initiatives & Confucius Institute American Director


Tamara Cunningham has been a leader in higher education for 20 years and 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. She is also the American Director of the Confucius Institute (CI) at NJCU, and she 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 are the pillars that 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 domestic students. During Ms. Cunningham’s tenure as the new Senior International Officer, 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 serves with a number of professional international organizations, and she is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership 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.

Dr. Michael Edmondson

Interim Dean, College of Professional Studies, Dean, Professional Education and Lifelong Learning, & Interim Director of NJCU at Fort Monmouth

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Dr. Michael Edmondson is the Interim Dean, College of Professional Studies (CPS), Dean, Division of Professional Education and Lifelong Learning, Interim Director of NJCU at Fort Monmouth, and oversees the following departments: Criminal Justice, Health Science, Nursing, Professional Security Studies, Fire Science and Fitness and Exercise Science. Additionally Dr. Edmondson provides the institutional leadership for online learning, workforce development, and all non-credit programming. Dr. Edmondson received a BA in History from Cabrini College, a MA in History from Villanova University and a Ph.D. in History from Temple University. Business Experts Press has published his five books: Marketing Your Value: 9 Steps to Navigate Your Career, Major in Happiness: Debunking the College Major Fallacies. Success: Theory and Practice, Strategic Thinking and Writing, and The Relevance of the Humanities to the 21st Century Workplace. Dr. Edmondson previously served as the Director of Continuing Education and Mercer County Community College and as Associate Vice President of Career Development at Augustana College (IL). The Council of Independent Colleges selected Dr. Edmondson as one of 26 members to the 2013-2014 class of its Senior Leadership Academy. For more information visit

Dr. Deborah Gee Woo

Deborah Cannon Partridge Wolfe College of Education

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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 at NJCU. 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. 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. 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. 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. In addition to her role as Associate Dean, Dr. Sutton serves as the University Policy Administrator on the University Policy Team, and also on the Middle States Steering Committee as co-chair for Standard Two: Ethics and Integrity. Dr. Sutton has approximately 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. 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. 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.

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