Program Staff

Dr. Mary Chinery
Dr. Mary Chinery
Dean, School of Arts and Science (Criminal Justice contact)

Dr. Chinery completed her undergraduate work in English and religious studies at Georgian Court in 1986. She holds an M.A. in English from Northeastern University and a Ph.D. in English from Drew University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

She joined Georgian Court as an instructor in 1989 and has served in many roles. She formerly chaired the Department of English and Communications, led the Humanities Program (now Interdisciplinary Studies), and was an Associate Dean for the School of Arts and Sciences before being named Assistant Provost in 2010. In addition, she served as co-chair of the campus task force that recommended and implemented GCU’s 2012 shift to full coeducation, following more than 100 years of being primarily known as a women’s college.

Dr. Chinery, often involved in strategic planning and directives, has been an integral part of GCU’s exhaustive periodic review reporting and critical preparations for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the chief accrediting body for the university. In 2012, she led the faculty’s full-scale push to adopt iPads in their teaching, and is GCU’s lead coordinator with the Learning House, the university’s partner for creating and delivering online degree programs to students throughout the United States.

Most recently, she has worked closely with new faculty and with those approaching third-year review as part of the tenure process. Dr. Chinery is also the chair of the university’s year-long policy review project, which requires a re-examination of all institutional policies.
Her research area is in American literature, and she has published works on Willa Cather, including Carnival in the Novels of Willa Cather: When the World Becomes Grotesque (2011).

Dr. Janice Warner
Dr. Janice Warner
Dean, School of Business

In addition to leading the GCU School of Business and Digital Media, Dr. Warner teaches various classes in strategy, e-commerce, business statistics and probability, management decision-making, project management and information systems. During her tenure as dean, the business school enrollment has grown, and its name was changed in 2015 to better reflect the critical nature of communication in today’s business environment. The school also opened its International Collaboration Center and launched partnerships with university business programs in London, Bhutan, Tanzania, and other countries.

Dr. Warner’s research interests include business analytics, strategic use of technology in management, and higher education pedagogy for business. She is on GCU’s Global Transformation Initiative Committee and is a Monmouth Ocean Development Council representative and board member. She is also a Lakewood Chamber of Commerce representative and board member. She earned a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University and an M.B.A. and Ph.D. in Management from Rutgers University.

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