Janice Monti has taught at Dominican since 1979 and has been the chair of the sociology and criminology department since 2001. She has twice won the Excellence in Teaching Award in 1987 and 1994, and in 2008 she received the Sister Mary Clemente Davlin, OP Diversity Leadership Award. Monti’s teaching and research interests have focused on popular culture, racial identity and social change. She has developed and conducted annual study courses that bring Dominican students to Memphis and the Mississippi Delta to explore the musical and racial heritage of this region. In 2011, Monti was one of three Dominican professors to lead the first U.S. university-sponsored trip to Cuba since travel restrictions to the country were eased.