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Faculty Honored At Fall Convocation

Fall Convocation faculty award winnersThe 2017 Fall Convocation faculty award winners
NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Iona College honored five faculty members at its Fall Convocation on September 7. Hosted by Iona Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Vincent J. Calluzzo, Ph.D., the Convocation also featured speaking engagements from Acting President Jon Strauss, Ph.D., School of Business Dean William B. Lamb, Ph.D., and Christoph Winkler, Ph.D., endowed professor and founding program director for the new Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.
Three faculty awards were handed out in the category of senior, junior and adjunct.
Kim Paffenroth, Ph.D., professor of Religious Studies and director of the Honors program, was presented with the Senior Faculty Award. Dr. Paffenroth has been a part of the Religious Studies Department since 2001. He graduated from St. John’s College in Maryland, and later obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to becoming a part of the Iona community, he taught at Villanova and Notre Dame. In addition to being a professor, he is also a renowned American horror author best known for his book Gospel of the Living Dead: George Romero’s Visions of Hell on Earth, which won a Bram Stoker Award for superior achievement in horror writing.
The Junior Faculty Award was given to Namrata Mitra, Ph.D., assistant professor of English. Dr. Mitra’s studies focus in postcolonial literature, literary theory, feminist theory, and social and political philosophy. She studied English literature and graduated with her bachelor’s degree from St. Stephen’s College in India, her master’s degree from Jadavpur University in India, and her doctoral degree from Purdue University in Indiana.
David T. Mulcahy, adjunct professor of Criminal Justice, earned the Adjunct Faculty Award. Professor Mulcahy has been with the Iona Criminal Justice Department since 2008. He has also served as a federal probation and parole officer for the United States federal judiciary. Mulcahy earned his master’s degree in Education, Administration & Supervision from Seton Hall.
Two master teacher honors were also awarded.
Cathryn Lavery, Ph.D., chair and professor of Criminal Justice, was honored with the Master Teacher Award. Dr. Lavery earned a master’s degree from Iona College after receiving her bachelor’s from Clark University. She later obtained her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center/CUNY. Prior to arriving at Iona in 2005, she worked for Sacred Heart University and John Jay College. Dr. Lavery is also a part of several national and regional organizations, and serves as the adviser for the Criminal Justice Club.
Lastly, Anna E. Clark, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, was presented with the Junior Master Teacher Award. Her early studies were conducted at the University of Chicago, and she later received her doctorate degree from Columbia University. Prior to teaching at Iona, she taught courses at Columbia, Malcolm X City College of Chicago, and the Brearley School in New York City. Since starting at Iona, she continues research on the representation of character and interiority in 19th century British novels.
Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education, located just 20 miles from Midtown Manhattan in New Rochelle. With a global network of more than 45,000 alumni, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science and business administration, pre-professional and professional programs, Master of Arts, Master of Science and Business Administration degrees, and numerous advanced certificate programs. The College is the second-largest private sector employer in New Rochelle and provides more than 66,000 service hours in the community each year. Studies indicate the College also has an annual economic impact of $258 million as measured by the NY Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU). See more at