Faculty Research Consortium

The Vincentian Institute for Social Action was created to provide faculty and students with an academic platform to address issues of social injustice. Responsible for the academic integrity of the Institute is the Faculty Research Consortium (FRC). The FRC is a select group of interdisciplinary faculty members who have demonstrated teaching, research and scholarly expertise in areas related to community service, civic engagement and social responsibility. Guided by a Chair, the Consortium provides leadership for service initiatives which impact impoverished communities through research.

Below are the criteria for appointment to the FRC:

  • Demonstrate a record of scholarly achievement associated with issues of poverty and social injustice
  • Active participation in national conferences, grants programs and peer reviewed journals
  • Established relationships with community affiliates
  • Possess an understanding of the University’s Vincentian tradition and its application in an academic setting
  • A record of excellence in teaching with a minimum rank of Associate Professor
  • Successful achievement of tenure at St. John's University

Consortium Membership

Richard Sinatra, Ph.D., Chair
Professor of Literacy
Associate Dean
Director of the Reading and Writing Education Center
The School of Education

John Conry, Pharm.D.
Clinical Professor
Assistant Dean for Service Programs
Clinical Pharmacy Practice
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Elissa Brown, Ph.,D.
Professor of Psychology
Director of the PARTNERS Program
Center for Psychological Services
St. John’s College

Igor Tomic, Ph.,D.
Director of the Financial Services Institute
Editor of the Review of Business
Economics and Finance
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business

Howard Abadinsky, MSW Ph.,D.
Professor & Assistant Director
Criminal Justice & Legal Studies
College of Professional Studies

For more information on the FRC, please contact us at 718-990-8331.