SHU Awards Tenure, Promotions to Nine Faculty Members

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—One faculty member at Sacred Heart University has earned tenure, and eight others have received promotions as SHU nears the end of its 2020-2021 academic year.


Jacqueline Vernarelli of Monroe, assistant professor of public health, has earned tenure. Vernarelli is a nutritional epidemiologist and public health nutritionist who studies how diet and lifestyle influence health status. She also serves as director of research education and consultation for SHU’s College of Health Professions. Prior to coming to Sacred Heart, she held academic appointments at Fairfield University and Pennsylvania State University, where she was also a member of the Penn State Population Research Institute. She consults and has served as an expert witness for various statistical and nutrition-related projects. 

Promotion to professor: Anna Greer of Bridgeport, public health; Grace Guo of Milford, management; and Robert McCloud of Milford, computer science and engineering.

Promotion to clinical professor: Donna Bowers of Fairfield, physical therapy; and Eric Nemec of Trumbull, physician assistant studies.

Promotion to clinical associate professor: Sheelagh Schlegel of Norwalk, occupational therapy; and Jennifer Wilson of St. Augustine, FL, social work.

Promotion to assistant professor of practice: Robin Consiglio of Branford, nursing, St. Vincent’s College.

About Sacred Heart University

As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn., campus. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland and offers online programs. More than 9,000 students attend the University’s nine colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Social Work; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; the Dr. Susan L. Davis, R.N., & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing; and St. Vincent’s College. Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions as it was established and led by laity. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward thinkers who enact change—in their own lives, professions and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 386 Colleges–2021 Edition, “Best in the Northeast” and Best Business Schools–2021 Edition. Sacred Heart is home to the award-winning, NPR-affiliated radio station, WSHU, a Division I athletics program and an impressive performing arts program that includes choir, band, dance and theatre. www.sacredheart.edu


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