Dolores Henchy, D.Min. Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences (Acting), Dean, Institutional Assessment, Instructional Technology, & Academic Student Success

Dr. Henchy joined the Felician College faculty in 1980.  Over her academic career, Dr. Henchy has been active in both faculty and administrative roles. During her tenure at Felician she also served as Executive Director of Online Graduate Programs in Religious Education, Coordinator of Retention and Advisement, Chairperson of Religious Studies/ Philosophy, Director of the Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Religious Studies. She is an evaluator for the Middle States Commission of Higher Education and has served on Felician’s own Middle States Steering Committee, the Academic Prioritization Steering Committee, and the Strategic Planning Steering Committee. She has given numerous workshops and presentations on assessment, e-learning as well as educational ministry in a technological age.  Her presentations and publications are eclectic and reflect her scholarship and expertise in a variety of areas.

Field of Interest

Awards:

  • Received the Felician College President’s Medallion for raising Felician College to national prominence and for enriching the life of the Church through leadership as the pre-eminent Professor of Distance Learning (2006)
  • State of New Jersey Faculty Recognition Award for Outstanding Achievement in Higher Education (1989)

Sampling of Presentations:

(* Designates National Conferences)    

  • Presented, Applying the Interregional Guidelines for Distance Learning, NJ Assessment Consortium, January 25, 2013, Middlesex County College, NJ
  • *Presented, Praise to You My God for Sister/Brother Technology, Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities, June 8-11, 2010, Fort Wayne, IN
  • *Presented 2 workshops at the Festival of Faith Diocese of Grand Island Nebraska on,  Make a Joyful Noise: Understanding the Influence of Attitude on Religious Education Faith Formation. North Platt, Nebraska, September 5 & 6, 2008.
  • Presented, Technology and Religious Education: A New Light in the Harbor, at the National Catholic Education Association 104th Annual Convention and Exposition in Baltimore, Maryland, April 10-13, 2007
  • Presented, Graduate Programs and the Online Environment, via teleconference to the Home Missions Technology Committee, a sub-committee of the National Association of Lay Ministry, May 2007
  • Presented, Melding the Mission of the Franciscan Academy with e-Learning, at the Franciscan Academics in Conversation Symposium, St. Bonaventure University, June 22-25, 2006
  • Presented with Dr. Zukowski on, Beyond Chat: Toward the Creation of Scholarly Threaded Discourse, at the 52 Annual College Theology Society’s Convention at Regis University, Denver, CO, June 1-4, 2006
  • Presented, The Role of E-Learning in Higher Education, the Catholic University of Lublin, Poland on, January 27, 2006
  • *Presented, The Four Principles of Faculty Developing for Creating Quality  E- Learning Courses, at the Annual Distance Learning Administration 2005 Conference,  Jekyll Island, Georgia, June 4-8, 2005
  • Keynote Address: “Make a Joyful Noise” Catechist Enrichment Day, College of St. Elizabeth, NJ,   February, 2004
  • Presentation, “Spirituality in a Technological Age,” Twelfth Annual Spirituality Convocation, College of St. Elizabeth, NJ April, 2004
  • Faculty Development and Compensation on a Shoestring”, Sloan- International  Conference on Asynchronous Learning, Orlando, Florida, November 2003

Select Professional Activities:

  • Evaluator for the Middle States Commission of Higher Education (2009-Present)
  • Chaired a national task force of the Association of Franciscan College’s & Universities to create an Online AFCU Certificate in Franciscan Studies.  It was completed and approved by the Executive Board and general membership at the annual meeting in Washington, DC on February 3, 2007.  Implementation commenced fall 2007. 
  • Developed and taught an online course to prepare faculty from Franciscan Universities to offer the AFCU Certificate in Franciscan Studies.  3/22 – 6/28/07
  • Co-founder and Executive Board member of the New Jersey Theological Consortium (2001-2006)
  • Advisory Board Member of the Immaculate Conception Seminary and School of Theology, Seton Hall University, New Jersey (1993-1997)
  • President, Alumni/Alumnae Association of Immaculate Conception Seminary and School of Theology, Seton Hall University, New Jersey (1992-1993)
  • Ministerial Advisor to graduate students, Immaculate Conception Seminary and School of Theology, Seton Hall University, New Jersey (1991-1997)
  • Dissertation Advisor, The Union Institute, Ohio 1990-2000

Courses Taught at Felician College

Graduate Courses Taught:

  • RS 502 Sacramental Theology for the Religious Educator
  • RS 506 The Psychology and Pedagogy of Religious Education
  • RS 503 Religious Education Through the Scriptures
  • RS 506 The Psychology and Pedagogy of Religious Education
  • RS 512 Religious Education in a Technological Age

Undergraduate Courses Taught:

  • RS 102 Introduction to the First Testament
  • RS 103 Introduction to the Second Testament
  • RS 201 Christology
  • RS 301 Comparative World Religions
  • RS 204 Christian Sacraments and Worship
  • RS 302 Christian Marriage in a Contemporary World
  • RS 303 Religion and Psychology

Publications

Article revisions for “Building Faith Concepts” for grades 1 through 6 the 2nd edition, Echoes of Faith Program, RCL, 2007 for text & CD
Faith Development; The Growing Years
Faith First School Edition, RCL, Allen, Texas. Fall 2005
The Four Principles of Faculty Development for Creating Quality E-Learning Courses
Distance Learning Administrator’s Conference Proceedings 2005.
Echoes of Faith Series
Allen, Texas, 1997 "Building Faith Concepts: Grades 1 & 2" "Expanding Faith Concepts: Grades 3 & 4" "Enriching Faith Concepts: Grades 5 & 6"
A Sense of Me
Paulist Press, NJ 1974
Awakenings: Parent/Teacher Training Kit
Paulist Press (co-author) 1973
Office Location:
Kirby Hall, Room 401
Contact Phone:
(201) 355-1133

Education

BS History, Lehman College
MS Ed. Fordham University
M. Div. Immaculate Conception Seminary
D. Min. Drew University
Master Online Teacher Certification, University of Illinois