The Academic Experience

Learn from world-class scholars and experienced practitioners in an environment that provides you access to state-of-the-art technology and resources, as well as dedicated one-on-one attention and support.

The Academic Experience

At Rivier, we believe wholeheartedly in cultivating a rich academic experience that holistically serves you and your unique needs as a student. Our robust programs are taught by faculty that merge real-world experience with scholarly expertise in their fields. 

Scroll down through the page to visit each of our Divisions.

Division of Nursing & Health Professions 

Visit the Department of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Message from Dean Paula Williams

Learn about Project ACHIEVE | Summer Bridge Program 

This program is for Health Science Majors and Pathway to Nursing Students. It is intended to assist students in navigating the transition to the University and become familiar with academic expectations. Students will reside on campus for free during this week-long program focused on workshops, planning, and preparing for the semester ahead. Students will also have experiences outside the classroom by exploring the Nashua community, New Hampshire outdoor life, Leadership opportunities, social gatherings, and more.

  • Dr. Judi O’Hara | Director of Undergraduate Nursing

  • Christina Griecci | Director of Public Health and Health Science Programs (Health Science Focus)

  • Christina Griecci | Director of Public Health and Health Science Programs (Public Health Focus)

  • Ella Hogan | How do the faculty support you?

  • Ella Hogan | What is the Nursing program like?

  • Emma Schweizer | What are your faculty like?

  • Daniel White | What are your class sizes like?

  • Daniel White | What are the faculty and staff like at Riv?

  • Maddy Moedebeck | What is your favorite thing about Rivier?

Division of Arts & Sciences

  • Dr. Susan Langlois | Dean of Arts and Sciences

Visit the Department of Biology
  • Dr. Susan Barbaro | Coordinator of the Biology Department

Visit the Department of History, Political Science, and Criminal Justice
  • Attorney Eric Gentes | Director of the Criminal Justice Program

Visit the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Dr. Teresa Magnus | Professor of Mathematics

Visit the Department of Psychology
  • Dr. Elizabeth Harwood | Coordinator of the Psychology Department

Visit the Department of English
  • Dr. Timothy Doherty | Coordinator for the Department of English

Visit the Department of Sociology

Division of Education & Counseling

Visit the Department of Education & Counseling
  • Dr. John Gleason | Dean of the Division of Education & Counseling

  • Dr. Diane Monico | Program Director for Education Programs 

Division of Business

Visit the Department of Business Administration
  • Dr. Amir Toosi | Dean of the Division of Business (Programs and Course Offerings)

  • Dr. Amir Toosi | Dean of the Division of Business (Student Experience)

  • Russell Norris, M.S. | Director of Security Studies Programs

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Kevin Cloutier | Experiential Learning Coordinator

Global Scholars Honors Program

Learn about the Global Scholars Honors Program
  • Dr. Brad Stull | Coordinator of the Global Scholars Honors Program

  • Julie Williams | What is the Global Scholars Honors Program like?

  • Hope Cataldo | Global Scholars Honors Program

  • Maddy Moedebeck | What is the Global Scholars Honors Program like?

Transformative Learning Conference

The Transformative Learning Conference provides Rivier University undergraduate students the opportunity to explore, to discuss, and to reflect on the ways in which their participation in various high-impact practices has helped them become accomplished professionals; to become more deeply aware of and engaged in solving local, national, and/or world challenges; and, in short, to discover their vocations—where their hearts’ deepest desires meet the world’s greatest needs.

Frequently Asked Questions & Downloadable Content


  • Ella Hogan | What student support services are available?

  • Emma Schweizer | What are your faculty like?