Penelope E. Lattimer is the Director of Rutgers Institute for Improving Student Achievement (RIISA) at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. From 2003‐2007 Dr. Lattimer held a number of positions at the NJ State Department of Education which included: Special Assistant to Commissioner William Librera and Assistant Commissioner for the Central Region; Chief of Staﬀ and Assistant Commissioner for the Division of District and School Improvement working with Commissioner Lucille Davy.
Prior to joining the senior staﬀ at NJDOE, Penelope Lattimer was employed by the New Brunswick City Board of Education as a high school principal, director of secondary education and assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Dr. Lattimer’s early career began in higher education working first at Georgian Court College (Lakewood, NJ) as an academic advisor and assistant director of the Educational Opportunity Fund program; Montclair State University as Director of the Urban Institute’s Graduate Program for aspiring school counselors and Bloomfield College as Associate Dean of Students.
She received awards such as the United States Fulbright‐Hays Scholarship to study Chinese language and culture in the People’s Republic of China, scholarship to study at Yad Vashem the worldwide center for Holocaust Education in Jerusalem, Israel; study of Japanese language and culture in Fukui and Tsuruoka, Japan. In addition, Johnson and Johnson Corporation asked Penelope Lattimer to visit South Africa for the purpose of reviewing BANTU educational sites that J&J supports.