Dr. Donnelly joined the Neumann family in 2004, serving as an academic advisor in the Division of Continuing Adult and Professional Studies, and presently as the Director of Virtual Learning. Prior to Neumann, she held a senior position in the financial aid office at Drexel University. Her breadth of knowledge in student services and adult learning continues to serve as strong foundations for her dedication to Neumann University’s mission.
Dr. Lemon began teaching at Neumann in 2007 in the Division of Arts & Sciences as adjunct faculty and has taught graduate level courses in the Master of Science in Organizational and Strategic Leadership Program. He has also served as a member of the adjunct faculty at Delaware County Community College. Dr. Lemon holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of Pennsylvania (2007). His dissertation was entitled, "The Construction of Ethnoracial Identity within Situational Contexts." He also holds a Master's degree in Instructional Media from West Chester University, and an A.B. in English Literature from St. Joseph's University.
Prior to his work in academia, Dr. Lemon had an extensive career in the fields of social services, communications, and community education. His areas of academic interest include social anthropology, cultural diversity, world affairs, immigration, belief systems, African American history, Native American history, and pre-Columbian America. His personal interests include music, literature, the arts, film and television, gardening, science and ethnic cuisines. As a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), he finds the Franciscan values on which the University stands, extremely relevant and inspiring.
Senior Academic Advisor
Jackie Martin has been serving students in Neumann University’s adult degree completion since August 2007. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and M.S. in Higher Education & Post-Secondary Counseling from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Committed to her students and practicing excellence in academic advising, Jackie is happy to work with students by phone, email, or on campus meetings to ensure that they feel confident about their academic decisions as they pursue their degree programs. She finds that up-front academic planning is the best way to ensure that students see a clear path of the courses and credits required for degree completion. She has designed the adult student orientation programs, the summer readiness workshop series, and is certified in online course facilitation. Jackie is presently the Pennsylvania state representative for the Association for Continuing Higher Education, and chairs the University’s Care of Creation/Sustainability committee. In addition to her role as the Senior Academic Advisor, Jackie teaches courses in the evenings and online as an adjunct/part-time faculty member as her schedule permits.
Her advice to all students: “Rome wasn’t built in a day: Slow and steady wins the race!” and “to keep open communication with your academic advisor”. She firmly believes that there is no better prepared institution than Neumann to serve adult students in degree completion programs!