Our Leadership

A team of scholars.

Honors College faculty are highly respected and accomplished researchers and scholars, dedicated to helping students succeed in the classroom and in life, as well as active leaders in their community.

Meet Our Faculty 


Susan Dinan, PhD


Susan Dinan has earned the respect of her colleagues and students, as recognized by the Athletic Director’s Award for her support of intercollegiate athletics, the Faculty Service Award, and the student government Students First award for service to students at William Paterson University. She has twice presented at National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) conferences, organizes and presents at academic workshops around the globe and has delivered plenary addresses, published peer-reviewed articles and encyclopedia entries, and produced an edited collection and a monograph. Dr. Dinan’s scholarly work is focused on Reformation history, the role of women in charity and religion, and the development and delivery of creative, inclusive and effective honors education.     

Craig Carson, Ph.D.

Craig Carson, PhD

Associate Dean

Craig Carson is author of the book, The Aesthetics of Democracy: Eighteenth-Century Political Economy and Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), as well as numerous articles, book chapters and translations. His teaching and research interests include literary theory, aesthetics, political theory, and ecocriticism.


Nicholas X. Rizopoulos, PhD

Academic Director

Nicholas Rizopoulos is the author of Civil and UnCivil Wars. In addition to his work as thesis supervisor, he teaches honors courses in politics, literature, the Cold War, and other topics in history and foreign relations.

Nicole Rudolph

Nicole Rudolph, PhD

Academic Director

Dr. Rudolph graduated with a BA in American History and in French from the University of Pittsburgh. She holds an MA in French from Pitt and a master’s degree in social sciences from the École Normale Supérieure and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. She earned her Ph.D. in French Studies at New York University. Prior to coming to Adelphi, she worked as the director of the Maison Française at Columbia University. She is the author of At Home in Postwar France: Modern Mass Housing and the Right to Comfort. 


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