Research, Scholarship, and Graduate Studies

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The Office of Research, Scholarship, and Graduate Studies coordinates faculty professional development in all aspects of faculty roles, including curriculum, pedagogy, scholarship, and academic leadership. The office builds collaborative relationships alongside the Faculty Professional Center and the Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs. A key goal is to create a campus culture that values and supports research and fosters activities that support teaching, scholarship, and grant writing. Additionally, the office oversees issues related to the University’s graduate and doctoral programs to promote excellence and enhance quality. In collaboration with the four Schools, the office oversees graduate assistantships and dissertations/theses publications.

Molloy University is dedicated to conducting research that makes a higher order contribution to society at large, not only in terms of pure knowledge, but for what it accomplishes in its outcomes. It is a way for the Molloy community to give back and make a difference.

Acceptance of external funding imposes certain legal obligations on the University with regard to the use, management and accountability of funds. A comprehensive grants management process is in place to assure that these obligations are met. Contact us to discuss your research interests, funding needs and proposal ideas. Additional information is available in the Grants Toolkit at academics/resources/resources-for-faculty/grants-resources-and-toolkit.


  • Builds infrastructure to support faculty scholarship
  • Creates a sustainable network of resources
  • Enhances the curriculum for faculty learning
  • Designs programs to support faculty leadership
  • Creates a “hub” for research based on pedagogical practices
  • Connects to resources for teaching and learning
  • Develops equity-focused collaborations
  • Improves classroom practice
  • Develops a culture that facilitates scholarship
  • Expands online and blended learning supports
  • Interacts with doctoral programs
  • Mentor’s faculty upon request
  • Builds collaborative relationships alongside The Faculty Professional Center
  • Model’s scholarship through a centralized center through publishing and research projects

Graduate and Doctoral Program Information

  • Graduate Admissions

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    Graduate Admissions
  • Graduate Assistantships

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    Graduate Assistantships
  • Graduate Catalog

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    Graduate Catalog 2023-2024
  • Program Information

    Programs include Master’s degrees in the following disciplines: 

    • Business  
    • Clinical Mental Health Counseling  
    • Criminal Justice 
    • Education  
    • Music Therapy  
    • Nursing 
    • Speech-Language Pathology 
    • Social Work (provided through the Fordham/ Molloy MSW program).  

    Advanced Certificates and Post Master’s Programs include:  

    • Education 
    • Business  
    • Nursing  

    Doctoral programs include the following:  

    • Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for Diverse Learning Communities 
    • Ph.D. in Nursing 
    • Doctor of Nursing Practice Program 
    • Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders. 

    Regardless of the particular field of graduate study, Molloy graduates are educated to become well-rounded, compassionate individuals in an ever-changing global society who continue to live the University’s Mission to pursue a lifelong search for truth and to aspire to positions of ethical leadership after graduation. 

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  • Tuition and Fees

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    Tuition and Fees

Meet Our Team

  • Dr. Audrey Cohan, Ed.D., Senior Dean of Research, Scholarship, and Graduate Studies

    Dr. Audrey Cohan, Ed.D.  Senior Dean of Research, Scholarship, and Graduate Studies

    Principal Investigator, Noyce Ambassadors Program


    Dr. Audrey Cohan began her career as a special education teacher in New York City, teaching students with special needs in self-contained and resource room settings. Her first book was published in 1995 titled Sexual Harassment and Sexual Abuse: A Handbook for Teachers and Administrators. This co-authored book was an outgrowth of her dissertation work, which focused on child sexual abuse within schools. Her first college position was as an adjunct at Hofstra University, where she taught foundations of education courses for both undergraduate and graduate programs. She has been at Molloy University for 29 years during which time she served as Professor, Chairperson of the Education Department, Interim Dean for the Division of Natural Sciences and is currently the Senior Dean of Research, Scholarship, and Graduate Studies and has taught in the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level for the Ed.D. Program, Educational Leadership for Diverse Learning Communities. Dr. Cohan co-edited a five-volume Breaking the Mold series about educational innovation with Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles about English language learners including Differentiating Between Learning Disabilities and Typical Second Language Acquisition: A Case Study and Piloting a Pre-referral Data Collection Tool: A Documentary Account, as she has New York State certification in special education and TESOL. The textbook published in 2016, Serving English Language Learners earned the Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA) Most Promising New Textbook Award. Her other book publications include Beyond Core Expectations: A Schoolwide Framework for Serving the Not-So-Common Learner (2014) and America’s Peace-minded Educator: John Dewey (2016). In 2020, Dr. Cohan co-authored Team Up, Speak Up, Fire Up!: Educators, Students, and the Community Working Together to Support English Learners, published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). In 2022, she published From Equity Insights to Action: Critical Strategies for Teaching Multilingual Learners. Her most recent publication is in press and titled, Collaboration for Multilingual Learners with Exceptionalities: We Share the Students. While at Molloy, Dr. Cohan has been the recipient of the Faculty Leadership Award, the Faculty Recognition Award, the Research Award and the Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Cohan is currently the Principal Investigator of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Noyce Ambassadors grant and the Institutional Review Board (IRB) administrator.

  • Joyce Borelli, Program Manager

    Joyce Borelli, Program Manager of Research, Scholarship, and Graduate Studies


    Joyce Borelli began working at Molloy University over 15 years ago in the Office of Admissions where she quickly became familiar with the university’s diverse operations. Her exceptional skillset continued to grow in the departments of History and Political Science, as well as Philosophy, where she interacted directly with students and faculty. Her robust background experiences helped her develop a much-needed professional skillset that now supports the Office of Research, Scholarship, and Graduate Studies as she works collaboratively with Senior Dean, Audrey Cohan. In her current role, she also interfaces directly with the Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs as well as the Faculty Professional Center and the Office of Blended and Online Learning. Joyce provides continuous and invaluable support for the Noyce Ambassadors Program grant, the Noyce Ambassadors, Principal Investigators (PIs), Co-PIs, and researchers. She also supports Middle States projects, professional development programs, and initiatives within the Office of Research, Scholarship, and Graduate Studies. During her time here, Joyce continued her studies and earned a BS degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and is currently pursuing a MS degree in Leadership and Organizational Development. At Molloy’s 2023 President’s Awards ceremony, Joyce was the recipient of the Professional Excellence Award.

  • Gina Nedelka, Executive Assistant

    Gina Nedelka, Executive Assistant of Research, Scholarship, and Graduate Studies


    Gina Nedelka began working at Molloy in 2010 as a temporary employee in Graduate Nursing. In Fall 2010, she was hired for a newly created position in Academic Affairs and began working directly with the Dean of Natural Sciences, the Dean of Social Sciences, and the Director for Faculty Research Development. In this capacity, she became familiar with the university’s operations. In January 2011, she was assigned by the VP for Academic Affairs to support the Middle States co-chairs and their respective fourteen standards. In 2016, her primary role shifted to work for the Dean for Graduate Studies and Chair of the Institutional Review Board, assuming the responsibilities for graduate and doctoral programs. Her exceptional background experiences helped to develop a professional skillset that now supports the Office of Research, Scholarship, and Graduate Studies. In her current role, she interfaces with all university constituents and students. Her primary focuses are the Research Assistants, Graduate Assistants, and Teaching Assistants, as well as the submission of dissertations through ProQuest, and the management of all edits to both graduate and undergraduate catalogs.

  • Dr. Youn-Joo Park, Faculty Editorial Consultant

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  • Dr. Pamela Watters, Statistical Consultant

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In the Spring of 2024, the Office of Research, Scholarship, and Graduate Studies invited 8 faculty members to be the second cohort of the Principal Investigator Academy. Congratulations to all! 

Cohort II

In the Spring of 2023, the Office of Research and Scholarship conducted Molloy University's inaugural Principal Investigator Academy for Research. Congratulations to the founding cohort for their participation and collaboration during this robust, 9-week workshop series! 

Principal Investigator Academy for Research

We are pleased to announce participation in the Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR)

This means you can join CUR at no cost to you.

After your enhanced membership benefits have been activated, you’ll have the opportunity to:

Collaborate with nearly 14,000 members to discuss issues, ideas, and share resources on undergraduate research.

  • Gain access to a Member Resource Library of over 100 resources, tips and tricks for virtual learning and teaching, and other valuable content to strengthen your undergraduate research programs.
  • A subscription to our scholarly journal, Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research.
  • Exclusive member-only programs such as CUR Conversations on evolving hot topics.
  • Discounts for event registration and publication purchases and more!

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CUR members share a focus on providing high-quality and collaborative undergraduate research, scholarly, and creative activity opportunities for faculty and students.
Council on Undergraduate Research

Contact Information

Dr. Audrey Cohan, Senior Dean of Research, Scholarship, and Graduate Studies

Kellenberg Hall, Room 322

Joyce Borelli, Program Manager of Research, Scholarship, and Graduate Studies

Kellenberg Hall, Room 322

Gina Nedelka, Executive Assistant

Kellenberg Hall, Room 322