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Academic Advisors

In addition to their assigned Peer Advisor, students meet their assigned Academic Advisor from the Center for Academic Success program at New Student Orientation.

  • The Academic Advisor is a professional advisor who serves as a professor in the University Life course, as a resource for many questions about the curriculum, and as a counselor to help freshmen plan their course of study.
  • The Academic Advisor helps students clarify personal, academic and career goals.
  • Together, the Academic Advisor and the student examine these goals and use them to shape an academic plan and semester coursework.
  • As a student's academic and perhaps personal issues arise, Academic Advisors are available to counsel the students.
  • Academic Advisors make students aware and encourage students to take advantage of the many Seton Hall University resources available on campus, such as the Academic Resource Center, the Career Center, Health Services and Counseling Services, and the Campus Ministry, to make the first year of college a great success.

Our program's goal is to assist students in fulfilling their potential while making realistic choices when choosing their major. The students' choices should always reflect both their interests and abilities.

Meet our Academic Advisors

Vaughn Calhoun
Vaughn Calhoun HeadshotDr. Vaughn Calhoun is the Assistant Vice President and Dean of the Center for Academic Success (CAS). He serves on the divisional senior leadership team and supervises CAS, Academic Resource Center, Academic Support for Student-athletes, Career Center, and ROTC.

Previous to Seton Hall, Dr. Calhoun served as the Assistant Vice President of Academic Innovation at Rowan University. He helped coordinate, develop, and implement high-quality academic programs and policies. He has extensive educational success experience and has developed relationships with industry and community partners for student career development. At Becker College, he was the Chair of the Business Department at the School of Design & Technology, where he also chaired the inaugural racial diversity committee. He led the Becker business program redesign, a multi-year project in collaboration with faculty and other campus partners, and oversaw the creation of four additional bachelor degree programs (ESport Management, Emerging Media and Content Creation, Sport Management, and Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship). He is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland (Global Campus) and Providence College.

One of his goals is to continue raising the bar of academic achievement, which will aid in student persistence, retention, and graduation. His leadership style focuses on understanding organizational dynamics, managing growth, being a strategic thinker, constant learner, and problem-solver. 

He earned his B.S. in Administration of Justice from Rutgers University, where he was full scholarship football player. He earned his M.P.A in Public Policy & Administration from California State University, Long Beach, and Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University.

Nicole Battaglia
Nicole BattagliaNicole A. Battaglia earned both her B.A. in Psychology and her M.A.E. in College Student Personnel Administration from Seton Hall University. While attending Seton Hall, Nicole worked as a Peer Advisor for the Center for Academic Success and was a Brother of the Service Fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. Continuing her passion for service Nicole traveled with DOVE to El Salvador where she learned the meaning behind, "the best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others"- Gandhi. After completing her M.A., Nicole went on to Wagner College where she was the Academic Resource Coordinator for Student-Athletes and then the Assistant Athletic Director for Student Services.

Professor Battaglia has returned to Seton Hall as the Academic Advisor for the Fast Forward Program. She is so excited about returning to her Alma Matter and looks forward to helping students reach their goals. Professor Battaglia encourages her students to constantly challenge themselves to be better than they were yesterday. In the words of Pelé "Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing." Professor Battaglia can be reached by phone at (973) 275-4809 or by email at Nicole.Battaglia@shu.edu.

Joan Brennan
Photo of Joan BrennanAn employee since 1991, Joan Brennan joined the Center for Academic Success Program in 1999. She earned a Master of Public Administration degree as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social & Behavioral Sciences from Seton Hall University. Joan is the designated advisor for students who have been accepted into the Joint Bachelor's/M.D. Program and a secondary advisor for students who have an interest in pre-medical professions. She helps students with understanding the curriculum and assists in course selection. Joan can be reached by phone at (973) 275-2595 or e-mail at Joan.Brennan@shu.edu to answer questions and to discuss goals and strategies for success. Her office is located in Mooney Hall 14.

Adeoluwa Adesanya
Adeoluwa Adesanya headshotAdeoluwa Adesanya graduated Seton Hall in 2020 with a B.S. in Biology. He is currently pursuing a master’s in healthcare administration. He is excited to be back working at Seton Hall after working as a tour guide and resident assistant during his undergraduate career.  

Adeoluwa enjoys working with students to give them all the insights on Seton Hall that he gained from being a student. Adeoluwa looks forward to working on having transformational talks with his students and his door in Mooney Hall Room 11 is always open. He is also reachable by email at adesanad@shu.edu 

Zachary Corby
Zachary Corby HeadshotZachary Corby graduated from Seton Hall University in May 2021 with a B.S in Finance and Information Technology, as well as a minor in Legal Studies. He is currently pursuing his M.A in Higher Education and Student Affairs. He previously worked in the Center for Academic Success for three years as a Peer Adviser which he credits as the reason for pursuing his masters in Higher Education. As an undergraduate student, he served as a manager for the women’s softball team and as president of Phi Gamma Delta. 

Zach loves making connections with students and assisting them in any way he can to help them achieve their goals at Seton Hall. He is excited to offer them his support and guidance throughout the challenges they face in their first-year experience. Zach’s door is always open for students, his office in in Mooney Hall Room 12 and can be reached at corbyzac@shu.edu.

Jacqueline Galler 
Jacqueline Galler, Freshman Studies Headshot x222Jacqueline Galler (DeBenedetto) earned her B.S. in Elementary and Special Education from Seton Hall University. She specialized in with working with students with disabilities and taught in a Pre-School Special Education classroom for one year. She recently graduated from Seton Hall with her M.A.E. in Instructional Design and Technology while working as a Center for Academic Success First-Year Advisor and Placement Test Coordinator in the Center for Academic Success Department. Currently, Jacqueline is working towards her Doctor of Education in Higher Education, Administration and Policy. Working with undergraduate students is a passion of hers as she hopes to inspire students to take full advantage of the many opportunities that Seton Hall has to offer.

Aside from working as a the Center for Academic Success First-Year Advisor, Jacqueline enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading, and traveling. She can be reached at debeneja@shu.edu or at (973) 275-2762 and is located in Mooney Hall Room 14.

Jazsmyne Garland
Jazsmyne Garland headshotJazsmyne L. Garland earned her B.A in Social Sciences from Seton Hall University in May 2020. She is currently pursuing an M.A in School Counseling. She is delighted to be back home, Freshman Studies. Being a Peer Adviser in the Center for Academic Success for three years has influenced her to continue to advocate for young men and women in her community. She is so excited to continue working with college students and to help them achieve their goals. During her undergraduate career, she was a member of Black Student Union, Black Student Union Dance Team, National Council of Negro Women,Inc. (Imani Chapter) , and team manager for the Women’s Basketball team. She lives by the quote “Nothing beats a failure but a try”.

Jazsmyne’s office is in Mooney Hall Room 13 and she can be reached at 973-275-2761 or garlanja@shu.edu

Lisa Hawryluk
Lisa RobinsonLisa Hawryluk earned her Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education from Oklahoma State University. She specialized in the areas of English and Social Studies and taught high school English before joining the Center for Academic Success team. Lisa went on to earn her Master's degree in Strategic Communication from Seton Hall University.

Working and interacting with students has always been a passion of hers, and she really enjoys mentoring and advising Seton Hall's freshmen students. Lisa also works as a Transfer Student advisor in the Transfer Student Center, and her door is always open. Her main goal is to help all students transition successfully and become part of the SHU Pirate family. Lisa's favorite quote to live by is: "Don't waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour's duties will be the best preparation for the hours and ages that will follow it." Lisa can be reached through e-mail at lisa.hawryluk@shu.edu or her office phone at (973) 275-2763.

Kadeem Leslie
Kadeem Leslie HeadshotKadeem Leslie is The Full Student. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Seton Hall University with a BA in Economics and a BA in Music Performance for cello, he did not hesitate to join the CAS department to continue his passion for transforming students. He is also a former 3-year Peer Adviser. Now, Professor Leslie is driven to lead students to live a FULL life that includes doing great in the classroom while simultaneously finding, reinventing, and creating themselves outside of it. He believes that each student has their own version of success, and he is thrilled to help each student to relentlessly pursue that version of themselves. 

Professor Leslie is the author of the bestselling book, The Full Student, a public speaker, and business owner. His favorite quote is one by Henry Ford which says, "Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can't, both are true." He is thrilled to be a part of the Center for Academic Success and is motivated to lead and inspire students to reach new heights.  Professor Leslie’s office is in Mooney Hall room 12 and he can be reached at leslieka@shu.edu.  

Carissa Leoni
Carissa Leoni 222 picCarissa Leoni joined the Seton Hall family in 2018 and is excited to work with the Center for Academic Success team as a Center for Academic Success First-Year Advisor. She serves as the Assistant Director of Academic Support Services for Student-Athletes. Professor Leoni earned both her B.A. in Communication and Information and her Master's in College Student Affairs at Rutgers University. She spent a brief time here at Seton Hall University as a Graduate Assistant in 2015 for the Office of Academic Support Services for Student-Athletes and has loved being back on campus full-time working with Seton Hall students and student-athletes.

Carissa can be reached by email at carissa.leoni@shu.edu or by phone at (973) 761-9159.

Skyler Makuch
Skyler Makuch Skyler Makuch is so excited to be part of the team in the Center for Academic Success! Skyler graduated with her B.A. in Psychology with minors in Theatre Arts and Social Work from King's College in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. She is currently pursuing her M.A./Ed.S in Professional Counseling and School Counseling at Seton Hall University. During her time at King's, Skyler worked as the Program Coordinator for the Luzerne County Juvenile Justice Mentorship Program at King's College as well as organizing and directing the first sensory-friendly and relaxed theatrical performances in the Northeastern Pennsylvania area at King's College and at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts. Skyler worked on the clinical staff as an intern at Main St. Counseling in West Orange, New Jersey, and is excited to join the School Counseling Annex at Columbia High School in the Maplewood/South Orange School District this upcoming year! Skyler is so excited to work with incoming and current students and offer them her support, empathy, a listening ear, guidance, and acceptance through the many challenges the transition into higher education and in life may bring. Skyler’s office and her classroom is always a safe space; you can reach her by email at skyler.makuch@student.shu.edu, by phone at (973) 275-4658 or over Microsoft Teams for a virtual meeting!

Lisa Sidorova
Lisa Sidorova HeadshotLisa Sidorova is thrilled to be working in the Center for Academic Success (CAS). Lisa graduated from Seton Hall University in 2019 with a B.A. in Honors Psychology and again in 2021 with her M.B.A. in Management. No matter how many times she tried to step away from CAS, she always found her way back, and accepted that her calling in life is working with college students. She started her career in CAS as a Peer Advisor in undergrad, continued to be a graduate assistant and is now a full-time advisor, as well as co-supervisor to the peer advisors. She is so excited to continue working with college students and to help them achieve their goals. Her biggest mantra in life is that everything in life is a lesson or a blessing, so if something doesn’t go the way that you expect, that’s okay! See what you can learn from it and how it can help you grow as a person. 

Lisa loves visitors! Come see her any time in Mooney Hall Room 11 and she can be reached at sidoroel@shu.edu or 973-275-2286. Go Pirates! 

Brittany White
Headshot of Brittany WhiteBrittany White graduated from Seton Hall University with her B.A. in English and Creative Writing and a minor in Legal Studies in Business. After making the decision to not attend law school, Brittany realized how much she loved and missed working with college students as a Peer Advisor and decided to follow a new career path. She returned to Seton Hall and earned her M.A.E. in Higher Education and Student Affairs, is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership, Management, and Policy, and is the Director of the Transfer Student Center.

Outside of school, Brittany enjoys spending time with friends and family, being outdoors, reading, and making unforgettable memories. Her favorite quote and one she believes all students should keep in mind is, "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined." – Henry David Thoreau. Brittany encourages all students to take advantage of every opportunity and resource Seton Hall has to offer. She also believes students should remember that it's OK if the original plan falls apart; pick up each piece one by one and create a new path. Your possibilities are endless. Brittany can be reached by phone at (973) 761-9407 or by e-mail at Brittany.White@shu.edu.

Heather BritoHeather Brito
Heather Brito is excited to be working in the Center for Academic Success (CAS). She graduated from Kean University in 2016 with a B.A in Psychology and Communication Studies. During her time as an undergraduate student, she worked in the Psychology Department at Kean University and wanted to pursue a career in social work. After she graduated and began working in her field of study, she realized that she missed working in the university and decided to pursue a career in Higher Education. Following her new career path, she graduated from William Paterson University with her M.A in Higher Education Administration and Leadership, and is now apart of the Center for Academic Success team at Seton Hall University.

Aside from working as the Academic Success Operations Coordinator, Heather enjoys cooking and spending time with her friends and family. She can be reached at heather.brito@shu.edu and can be located in Mooney Hall, Room 11.

Daniel WaffenfeldDaniel Waffenfelds 
Daniel Waffenfeld graduated from Montclair State University with a B.A. degree in Communication and Media and Television and Digital Media in 2017. During his undergraduate experience he was involved with a variety of clubs and organizations, leadership positions and serving as a proud member of his campus. After graduating with high honors, he worked in the public relations, television production, and the media industry. In 2019, he ultimately decided to return to the educational setting. He decided to pursue a M.A. in Higher Education at Montclair State University and graduated in May 2021. 

During his Higher Education experience, he has worked in many positions both at Montclair State University and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), where he has served as a Career Advisor, Academic Advisor, Administrator for the Provost’s Office, Student Life and Engagement, Admissions, Student Leadership Development, Residence Life, Freshmen Studies Professor, and many School Spirited departments. His variety of experiences have helped him enter his role as an Academic Advisor serving with CAS. When serving in these roles he expressed a deep passion with assisting students through program development, providing guidance to students, leadership development, one-on-one advisement, implementing strategies towards academic success, and methods towards transitioning into college. 

Outside of the office, Daniel continues to support his peers, graduate program, and colleagues in the higher education field. He also has presented at numerous conferences providing experience, wisdom, research, and insight into the field of higher education for all looking to grow in the profession. Daniel started working with CAS in September 2021 and is looking forward to all the opportunities in supporting students and connecting with the Seton Hall community. He is so excited to be part of Pirates Nation!

If you need to contact Daniel, he can be reached at Daniel.Waffenfeld@shu.edu or (973)275-2541.