College of Arts & Sciences

Academic Resource Center Directors, Advisers, and Staff

Mark B. Couch, Ph.D., Liberal Studies Adviser (
Mark B. Couch is Assistant Professor of Philosophy. His research focuses primarily on issues about theories of human nature in philosophy and the relation between science and the humanities. The regular courses he teaches in the Department of Philosophy include Introduction to Philosophy and an historical course Philosophy and the Modern Mind. Prior to coming to Seton Hall University, he was a Fellow at Columbia University, where he taught for three years in the Core Curriculum program on Western Civilization. Professor Couch received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in New York.

Roberta L. Moldow, Ph.D., Pre-Med, Pre-Dent Adviser; Chair, Health Professions Advisory Committee (
Roberta L. Moldow is a Professor of Biological Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Mount Sinai and did her post-doctoral research under the mentorship of nobel laureate, Dr. Rosalyn Yalow. Dr. Moldow's research includes factors influencing the regulation of the circadian rhythmicity and stress response of the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis. Recently, she has done research using an animal model to study the etiology of post traumatic stress disorder and salivary biomarkers for the stress response in humans.

Robert M. Pallitto, Ph.D., J.D., Pre-Law Adviser (
Robert M. Pallitto received his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1989, and practiced public interest law in New Jersey for a decade as a legal aid lawyer, grassroots housing attorney and appellate public defender. During that time, he acted as counsel or co-counsel in several precedent-setting housing and welfare rights cases. After completing Ph.D. studies at the New School for Social Research in 2002, he began teaching at the University of Texas, El Paso. He is co-author of Presidential Secrecy and the Law (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007), which traces the growth of institutionalized secrecy in the executive branch and warns that unchecked secrecy threatens democratic and constitutional values. Pallitto's recent media appearances include "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and WILL Radio (The University of Illinois public radio). Currently, he is an assistant professor of political science at Seton Hall University.

Gerald Ruscingno, Ph.D., Health Professions Adviser (
Wendiann Sethi, M.A., Director of Developmental Mathematics & Coordinator of Math Tutoring (
Wendiann Sethi is the Director of the Developmental Mathematics Program at Seton Hall University. She has over fifteen years of experience in teaching lower-level Mathematics classes ranging from Basic Mathematics to Business Calculus and teaching Statistics. She has taught at Seton Hall University and SUNY at Buffalo. Wendiann has a Masters of Science in Mathematics from Seton Hall University and a Masters of Arts in Statistics from SUNY at Buffalo. She is a professional and personal coach and a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

Kelly Shea, Ph.D., Director of the Writing Center (
Kelly Shea is assistant professor of writing and director of the Seton Hall University Writing Center. She is also a co-leader of the SHU core curriculum development committee on reading- and writing-intensive courses and a Senior Faculty Fellow working with the university's Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center on electronic portfolios, course management systems, and other pedagogy-improvement initiatives. She teaches undergraduate and graduate composition and literature courses and studies writing, teaching, and technology issues – and their intersections. She is currently compiling the results of a research study on the uses of SHU's on-line writing lab as well as working on projects relating to faculty development and writing-across-the-curriculum programs and the care and feeding of faculty writing groups. Dr. Shea received her Ph.D. in reading/writing/literacy from the University of Pennsylvania.

Patrice Thoms-Cappello, Ph.D., Adviser for Undeclared Majors (
William Haney, M.F.A., Adviser for Undeclared Majors (
Marian Glenn, Ph.D.,Pre-Science Adviser (
Tina Chu, Ph.D., Pre-Science Adviser (

Peter Hynes, M.B.A. (
Director of the Ruth Sharkey Academic Resource Center
Fellowship Adviser
Prior to coming to Seton Hall University, Peter worked as an administrator and a teacher for The Princeton Review since 2005.  He has worked extensively with teacher and tutors preparing high school students for college, as well as college students pursuing post graduate degrees. Before that, Peter worked in the publishing industry in New York since 1992. Peter received an MBA from Duke University, and a BA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Emily Stupfel, ARC Graduate Assistant

Emily is a first year graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences, where she is pursuing a degree in Museum Professions with a track in Education. She graduated from Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR with a Bachelor's degree in History.

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Ruth Sharkey Academic Resource Center
(973) 761-9108
Arts & Sciences Hall Rm. 242

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