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Photo of Jilian Donnelly, Ed.D.
Jilian Donnelly
, Ed.D.



Dr. Donnelly joined the Neumann family in 2004, serving first as an academic advisor in the Division of Continuing Adult and Professional Studies, then as the Director of Virtual Learning, and presently, as the Dean. 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 adult learners and the mission of the institution.

Dr. Donnelly holds a Doctor of Education and a Master’s of Education in Educational Administration with a focus in Higher Education from Temple University. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts from Cabrini College where she double-majored in History and Political Science.

She has a strong research interest in First Responder degree completion, and retired elite athletes, both in the context of adult learning and adult development. Her dissertation was entitled, Understanding Educational Choice Processes of Retired Professional Hockey Players. As an Assistant Professor, Dr. Donnelly teaches both Research Techniques and Writing for the Professions in the adult degree completion programs.


Samuel Michael Lemon
Samuel Michael Lemon, Ed.D.

Program Director
Master of Science in Organizational and Strategic Leadership Program


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.

One of his favorite quotes is from the great Irish poet William Butler Yeats: “The purpose of education is not to fill a bucket, but to light a fire.”



Jackie Martin
Jackie Martin, M.S.

Senior Academic Advisor
Degree Completion Program


Jackie Martin has been serving students in the Division of Continuing Adult & Professional Studies at Neumann University since August 2007. She holds a M.S. in Higher Education & Post-Secondary Counseling from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, as well as a B.A. in Political Science: International Relations with Spanish minor. Committed to her students and practicing excellence in academic advising, Jackie is happy to work with students by phone, email, or on campus meetings. She has designed the adult student orientation programs, academic support workshop series, and is certified in online course facilitation.




Bill Gagliardi
Bill Gagliardi

Division of Continuing Adult and Professional Studies



Debbie Knoblauch
Debbie Knoblauch

Secretary to the Dean
Division of Continuing Adult and Professional Studies



Janice Sackawicz

Janice Sackawicz
Coordinator, Student Services
Division of Continuing Adult and Professional Studies


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