January 15, 2013
Twenty-six St. John’s professors received plaques from the
Office of Online Learning and Services at an award ceremony on the
Queens campus honoring them for using their expertise and
experience to serve as mentors to colleagues teaching their first
The honorees were all members of the Online Faculty Mentoring
Robert A. Mangione, Ed.D., R.Ph., Provost of St. John’s
University, presided over the award ceremony, held on October 24 at
the Dr. M.
T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery in Sun Yat Sen Hall. Lunch followed
at the adjoining Faculty Club.
The Office of Online Learning and Services introduced its
Faculty Mentoring Program in 2007. The 10 earliest mentors were
professors from St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,
The School of Education and the College of Professional Studies.
Over the next five years, 15 additional members joined them from
those schools and The Peter J. Tobin College of Business.
Online Faculty Mentors are selected based on their record of
success at incorporating sound pedagogical principles into their
online teaching. Reflecting the University’s focus on collegiality
and community, they volunteer their time to serve as a resource for
faculty who are new to online teaching.
Available throughout the semester, mentors help instructors to
expand and refine their strategies while incorporating approaches
offered in University courses that prepare them to teach online.
Mentors also provide feedback about student-faculty and
The following professors received plaques for their
contributions as Online Faculty Mentors:
Mary Jane Highfield