Catherine Ventura


Catherine Ventura

Research Assistant

Catherine Ventura is an educator, a literacy studies scholar, and a former nonprofit leader. She is skilled at strategizing and implementing creative solutions in a wide range of contexts. Driven by a transformative approach to education, Catherine strives to continue cultivating learning spaces that nurture the thriving potential of all students.

Catherine’s multi-dimensional method to problem-solving stems from her diverse professional and educational experiences. She taught English at Seton Hall University as a Graduate Teaching Assistant/Adjunct Professor. Catherine has held nonprofit leadership roles at New Jersey Law and Education Empowerment Project (NJ LEEP), including Program Coordinator and Director of Data and Enrollment. She has been an adjunct professor in the Writing Studies Department at Montclair University since 2019. In these roles, Catherine has managed and analyzed data, written grant applications, created curriculum, provided academic and financial aid advising, and developed youth college-access and nonprofit programming. She is a Trustee for Philips Academy Charter School and Advisory Board Member of the Oasis TEEN Program – both located in Paterson, NJ.

Catherine earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in English from Seton Hall University. She is a former Associate Program Fellow for the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) at Philips Academy in Andover, and former Victoria Emerging Leaders Program (VELP) fellow at Rutgers Business School’s Institute for Ethical Leadership. Currently, Catherine is a doctoral candidate for the Joint Ph.D. in English and Education Program at University of Michigan. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting, writing poetry, and hiking with her two goldendoodles.