One of the hallmarks of all great universities is the commitment
to pursue the highest level of quality in all aspects of the
educational experience. The best professors inspire students with
their unending quest for truth as they seek to enhance the
knowledge base for all humanity. In turn, dedicated students seek
to emulate and even surpass these dedicated academicians as they
strive to forge their own pathway into the world outside the
During the past few months St. John’s University
professors and students have received a variety of accolades
attesting to the superior teaching and learning that have earned
St. John’s a reputation as one of the world’s most respected
Five of the University’s faculty members were recently included in
The Princeton Review’s Best 300 Professors. This exclusive list was
compiled from information regarding more than 42,000 professors
teaching at thousands of colleges and universities from across the
country and around the world. After examining additional input from
students and administrators, the 300 professors were selected by
the editorial staff of The Princeton Review.
The St. John’s professors who received this exceptional designation
were Regis Clifford, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Economics;
Joyce Boland DeVito, Esq. ‘81SVC, Professor of Business Law; Thomas
M. Kitts, Ph.D. ’77C, Professor of English; James O’Keefe, Ph.D.
’79SVC, Professor of Criminal Justice and Andrew Russakoff, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems and Decision
The equation of academic excellence is balanced by a variety of
factors. Sharing the importance of superior teaching performance is
the ability to conduct funded research designed to increase the
world’s knowledge in ways that ultimately make a significant
difference for us all.
Exemplifying St. John’s status as a leading research
university is Simon Moller, Ph.D., a Professor of Biological
Sciences in St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Moller was awarded a $900,000 research grant from The Research
Council of Norway. The grant supports his research on mechanisms
involved in the onset of Parkinson's Disease. Those stricken with
the illness suffer from tremors and other motor difficulties that
By identifying those molecular and cellular triggers, the research
may lead to earlier diagnoses and new forms of treatment. Through
his research, Dr. Moller hopes to uncover early stage biomarkers
that can lead to new medications and treatment methods.
The grant will allow the Department of Biological Sciences to
employ four postdoctoral researchers, underwrite the purchase of
state-of-the-art equipment and create more opportunities for
A significant indicator of the University’s academic success is
also reflected in the achievements of our students.
St. John’s was recently notified that seven students were selected
to conduct research and teach overseas as recipients of Fulbright
Student Grants, the largest U.S. international exchange program for
students and young professionals who demonstrate academic
excellence and leadership potential.
is the largest number of Fulbrights ever awarded to St. John’s
students in a single year. The University had 13 finalists, also
the largest number ever. Although seven grants were awarded, one
student ultimately declined.
The students who were awarded and have accepted their grants
include Sarah Alam ’12C; Boris Chiporukha ’10G; Jessica Corsaro
’15GEd; Patrick Homeyer ’12C; Katelyn Liesner ’12C and Kelly Rivera
The powerful combination of exceptional professors and gifted
students ensures that St. John’s will continue to build on its
foundation of educational excellence while achieving additional
academic success in the future.