Mission and Values > Programs > Vincentian Mission Institute > Current VMI Cohort > Gina Florio


Dr. Gina M. Florio is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics at St. John’s University, where she has been a member of the faculty since 2005.  In this capacity, Dr. Florio maintains an active research program in the field of nanoscale, interfacial charge transport; mentors undergraduate and masters-level students in her laboratory; and sustains active collaborations with colleagues at several local institutions.  She has published over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, including five with undergraduate student co-authors.  Dr. Florio has served the Institution through active participation in a wide range of committees and programs during her tenure at St. John’s, including participation in the Faculty in Residence program from 2009-2012.  In addition to her faculty role, Dr. Florio has led strategic planning and institutional assessment efforts at St. John’s University since 2014.  In the 2014-2015 academic year, Dr. Florio served as the co-chair of the Strategic Priorities Working Group, tasked with the development an action plan to advance Institutional strategic priorities.  Since 2015, Dr. Florio has served as the chairperson of the Strategic Priorities Review Team, a team of over 50 members of the St. John’s community charged with monitoring the implementation of the Action Plan.  Dr. Florio serves as a member of both the President’s and Provost’s advisory councils.  Dr. Florio is also involved in a number of institutional change efforts associated with improving undergraduate STEM educational opportunities and curricular reform, and is currently a co-PI on a Nation Science Foundation-funded Scholarships in STEM Education (NSF S-STEM) award.  Dr. Florio has participated in a number of significant higher education leadership institutes, including the PKAL Summer Leadership Institute in 2016 and the HERS Institute in 2017. 

Why St. John's?

As a member of the faculty of St. John’s University, I have the opportunity to work with, learn from, and serve an extraordinarily diverse student population in a faith-based, mission-driven environment.  In my administrative role, I have the opportunity to work with other faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and trustees to enhance student success and strengthen the foundations of the Institution.   Both allow me to be part of a community focused on providing opportunity to students through access to exceptional education, mentoring, research and other co-curricular experience.

Why VMI?

Serving as a member of the Vincentian Mission Institute cohort will allow me to connect more directly with the Catholic and Vincentian heritage, tradition, culture, and community of St. John’s and our sister institutions, DePaul and Niagara Universities.  Participating in the VMI is really something that I am doing for myself, to grow in my faith and become more Vincentian, as well as to sustain and further develop my capacity to serve St. John’s and our students.  In a time where higher education is changing rapidly and facing many challenges, it is important to strengthen the connections among the three Vincentian universities so that we are able to continue to thrive and carry forth our mission and unique model of higher education.