Dolores Henchy, DMin

Kirby Hall, Room 401

Phone: 201.355.1133


Dr. Henchy joined the Felician University 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.

Fields of Interest/Expertise:
  • Received the Felician University President’s Medallion for raising Felician University 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)
Academic Achievements:
  • BS History, Lehman College
  • MS Ed Fordham University
  • M Div Immaculate Conception Seminary
  • D Min Drew University
  • Master Online Teacher Certification, University of Illinois
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 and 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 University:
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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