Dean of the Graduate School

The College of New Rochelle seeks a visionary and collaborative leader to serve as Dean of the Graduate School, with a preferred start date of September 1, 2014. This is an exceptional opportunity for an experienced academic leader to advance a vital academic unit. The Graduate School serves over 700 students, both on-campus in New Rochelle and off-campus at our partnership sites in the NYC boroughs, Long Island, and Westchester County. Reporting to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean will lead the School into a new era of strategic growth and distinction, reimagining and transforming its programs for the 21st Century.

Thirty-five degree and certificate programs are offered within three divisions of the Graduate School.  The Division of Education offers programs in Art Education, Childhood Education, Early Childhood Education, Gifted Education, Literacy Education, Special Education, TESOL, and Educational Leadership.

The Division of Human Services offers programs in Career Development, Guidance and Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, School Psychology, and Public Administration.  The Division of Art & Communication Studies offers programs in Art Therapy, Art Therapy/Counseling, and Communication Studies.

The next Dean will be tasked with addressing a set of key opportunities which include the following:

  • Bringing together a strategic vision for the School's continued excellence;
  • Leading strategic planning and enrollment management strategies for the School;
  • Working collaboratively with faculty to identify, enact, and attain objectives within the College’s goals for strategic planning;
  • Working collaboratively with faculty and the Vice-President for Enrollment Management to increase enrollment in current and new programs, certificates, specializations, and other programmatic offerings;
  • Supporting and assisting faculty in conducting feasibility studies leading to new programming initiatives;
  • Facilitating growth in off-campus partnerships;
  • Nurturing and supporting transparent, collaborative and shared governance;
  • Preparing and managing the School budget in consultation with the Provost;
  • Recruiting, retaining and developing outstanding faculty, students and staff;
  • Fostering good student relationships while promoting student-centeredness;
  • Serving as a visible advocate and champion for the School;
  • Maintaining existing and developing new community relationships;
  • Working collaboratively with the Provost, deans of the other three schools and the library, and with other vice-presidential areas to advance the mission of the College;
  • Providing academic leadership for the School with faculty by developing, maintaining and evaluating academic standards, policies and regulations that support the College's mission;
  • Overseeing program evaluation for the School and its programs, and
  • Fostering alumni relationships and involvement. 

The candidate should demonstrate a record of scholarly achievement such as research, publications in refereed journals, book chapter reviews, successful grant applications, and presentations for state and national professional organizations. The successful candidate must have experience in academic administration, coordinating faculty assignments, and knowledge of on-line course design and development.

The candidate must possess an earned doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in one of the disciplines offered in the Graduate School, at least three years of leadership experience in higher education administration, evidence of entrepreneurial thinking and accomplishments, and a minimum of five years of college/university teaching experience preferably at the graduate level.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. (New applicants only, please.)  For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by May 31. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application and the names and contact information of five references.  Candidate confidentiality will be respected and references will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates.  Materials should addressed and sent electronically via e-mail attachment in .pdf format to Ana E. Fontoura, Dean of the Library & Chair of the Search Committee, at

The College of New Rochelle is a Catholic college in the Ursuline tradition and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds who can contribute to our unique educational mission. To learn more about the College, please visit our website at:

The College of New Rochelle is an EO/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to diversity.