Assistant Professor of Education
Phone: ext. 2497

Academic Accomplishments

  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Teacher Leadership, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Practice, Centenary University 
  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary and Special Education, College of St. Elizabeth


Dr. Benedict joined the faculty at Centenary University after spending over twenty years at Riverview Elementary School in Denville, New Jersey. While there she completed a Fulbright Teacher Exchange to Northern Ireland and received the New Jersey Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award. Her elementary classroom experience includes Grades 2 through 5, Resource Room, Inclusion Teacher, and working to transition a traditional Basic Skills program to a Response to Intervention model. She served on numerous committees and is most proud of her work in mentoring teachers new to the profession.

At Centenary, Dr. Benedict teaches special education courses to both undergraduate and graduate students. She coordinates a student chapter of the New Jersey Education Association. Her interests include research related to professional learning communities and the action required for initiating and sustaining an effective PLC. Additionally, Dr. Benedict has a vast interest in supporting the filtering of educational research into classrooms in order to support teachers’ practices and meet the needs of all students. She is skilled in coordinating, collaborating, and accessing sources and academic interventions for students, as well as designing professional development for teachers.

Published Work

Benedict, Cathleen, (2017). Teacher Leadership: A Journey from Classroom Teacher to Scholarly Practitioner. In V.A. Storey (Ed.). Exploring the Impact of the Dissertation in Practice. Charlotte, NC: from Information Age Publishing.

Belzer, A, Axelrod, T., Benedict, C., Jakubik, T., Rosen, M, & Yavuz, O. (2016).

The Problem of Practice Dissertation: Matching Program Goals, Practices, and Outcomes. In J.A. Perry (Ed). The Ed.D. and Scholarly Practitioners: the CPED Way. Charlotte, NC: from Information Age Publishing.

Benedict, C., (2014). Professional Learning Community: Increasing Efficacy for Student Success. (Dissertation)