Faculty and Staff




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



Dr. Jilian Donnelly currently serves as the Dean of the Division of Continuing Adult and Professional Studies at Neumann University. With more than two decades of professional experience in higher education, her breadth of knowledge in adult learning, adult development, student services, and career transition, provide strong foundations for her dedication to serving adult learners and the belief in lifelong learning.

As a curriculum developer, instructor, advisor, and career transition coach, Jil has focused her research interests on First Responder degree completion as well as 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, Jil teaches both Research Techniques, and Writing for the Professions, in the online adult degree completion programs. She began her career with Neumann in 2004 as an academic advisor, then as the Director of Virtual Learning before assuming her current role. Prior to Neumann, she held a senior position in the financial aid office at Drexel University.  

Jill 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. Additionally, she is a certified Job and Career Transition Coach.



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 to ensure that they feel confident about their academic decisions and see a clear path to completion of their degree programs from beginning to end. She has designed the adult student orientation programs, academic support workshop series, and is certified in online course facilitation.


She was elected in 2015 to the position of Assistant Program Chair for the Association for Continuing Higher Education MidAtlantic Region, and serves as Chair of the University’s Care of Creation committee.



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