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  • Provost

  • The Provost's Office is led by a group of seasoned academic administrators committed to academic excellence. The office oversees university-wide academic planning: establishing priorities and strategies, setting policies and standards, and ensuring that resources are aligned to support the teaching and learning objectives of our faculty and students. The main areas of the Provost's Office are Academic Planning and Administration, Curriculum and Learning; Enrollment Management and Strategic Partnerships (which includes Financial Aid and Global Engagement and International Support Services); Faculty Affairs and Development; Institutional Research and Decision Support; Libraries, Collections, and Academic Services; the Registrar's Office and Student Accounts; Research Support; and Student Success (which includes Academic Advising, Career Services, Student Advocacy, Student Engagement, and Student Health Services).

  • Dr. Renée T. White

    Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

  • Dr. Renée T. White
  • Dr. Renée T. White became provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs of The New School on August 1, 2021. With more than 25 years of experience working in higher education, Dr. White came to The New School from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, where she served as provost and a professor of sociology since 2016. She previously served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Simmons University from 2011 to 2016. Before working at Simmons, Dr. White served in faculty roles, including professor of sociology and Black studies and academic coordinator for Diversity and Global Citizenship at Fairfield University. She also held a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and the African American Studies Research Center at Purdue University. 

    Dr. White is the editor of three books, including the acclaimed Spoils of War: Women of Color, Cultures, and Revolutions, and is the author of Putting Risk in Perspective: Black Teenage Lives in the Era of AIDS. She has served as editor of the Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention in Children and Youth and as editorial advisor to the Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services. Dr. White was also a Wye Faculty Fellow at the Aspen Institute and completed a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in Black film studies. Her current research is in the areas of the impact of public discourse on social policy concerning reproductive rights, representations of Blackness in popular culture, and applications of black feminist theory to higher education leadership.

    Dr. White holds an AB with honors from Brown University and an MA and PhD from Yale University, where she was awarded a Mellon Foundation doctoral fellowship. She is a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Women and Gender in Higher Education. She also serves on the Vision 2020 National Leadership Circle and served on the Chief Academic Officers Task Force of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) from 2019 to 2021.

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    Mariana Amatullo

    Vice Provost for Global Executive Education and Online Strategic Initiatives

    Mariana Amatullo

    Mariana Amatullo was appointed Vice Provost for Global Executive Education and Online Strategic Initiatives in March 2021. In this role, she works to build open-enrollment online executive education programs, long-form executive master's programs, and large-scale programs tailored for corporate and enterprise partners and to develop strategy for and support delivery of online degree and certificate programs. She also oversees the Distributed Education team in the area of Continuing and Professional Education.

    Mariana came to The New School in 2017 as an associate professor of strategic design and management. In this role, she co-chaired a university-wide task force on management at The New School, which worked to outline an integrated approach to and new vision for management education in the 21st century driven by principles of design, creativity, and social justice. In 2019, she was appointed vice provost for Global Strategic Initiatives, a position in which she partnered with academic leadership across the university to support the implementation of university-wide strategies, coordinate academic partnership efforts, evaluate new degree proposals, and review articulation agreements and the development of dual degrees. From November 2019 to June 2020, she chaired the Online Task Force, which assessed educational opportunities for the university and its needs in supporting future program development. In spring 2020, she conceived and launched the Online Signature Course pilot initiative for New School faculty, enabling them to submit proposals for new or adapted courses designed to use opportunities for innovation in online teaching and learning. In her faculty role, Mariana is a core member of the MS in Strategic Design and Management faculty at the School of Design Strategies at Parsons and is affiliated with Parsons’ DESIS Lab and the university’s Graduate Minor in Civic Service Design. She also serves on the board of the university’s Vera List Center for Art and Politics.

    Mariana’s research on design focuses on social innovation, organizational culture, management, and international development. She has lectured and presented widely on these topics, received many grants and other awards for her work, and published and edited numerous papers and book chapters. Before joining The New School, Mariana spent 17 years at the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, teaching and serving in a variety of leadership roles, including vice president of the Designmatters Department, the social innovation division of the college, which she co-founded in 2001. She had previously held curatorial positions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Mariana currently serves as the first American president of CUMULUS, an international association of universities and colleges of art, design, and media. She holds fellowships at the Salzburg Global Seminar and the Royal Society for the Arts. Mariana received her PhD in Management from Case Western Reserve University and her MA in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Southern California; she pursued undergraduate studies at the Sorbonne University and l’Ecole du Louvre, Paris.

     

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    Rita Breidenbach

    Associate Provost for Faculty Development

    Rita Bridenbach

    Rita Pisalet Breidenbach has held several positions at The New School since arriving in 2003. These include associate dean of Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, where she oversaw the introduction and expansion of academic majors and minors, implementation of the part-time faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement, and the development and implementation of tenure, EE, and RTA review processes. She also served as vice dean of the Schools of Public Engagement, a position in which she oversaw the integration of academic schools into a new college. In her current role in the Provost’s Office, she has overseen the creation of the Faculty Center for Innovation, Collaboration, and Support, supervising development and providing support for faculty in pedagogy (on-site, online, and hybrid) and on issues of equity, inclusion, and social justice. Her work also includes planning orientation and support for new part-time and full-time faculty and providing support for faculty review and promotion.

    Rita holds a PhD in English literature and has taught courses in poetry, verse drama, and short fiction. She has a concurrent appointment as assistant professor of English.

     

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    Adam Brown

    Vice Provost for Research

    Adam Brown

    Adam Brown was appointed Vice Provost for Research in February 2021. In this role, he oversees the Office of Research Support and works to improve the climate and support for research at the university, broadly defined as including the full range of scholarly and creative practices at the university. His primary objective is to advance the university’s research activities and raise the university’s research profile within and beyond the university.

    Adam is a clinical psychologist who joined The New School in 2018 as an associate professor of psychology at his alma mater, The New School for Social Research (NSSR), where he also serves as the director of the Trauma and Global Mental Health Lab. His research focuses on identifying social, cognitive, and biological factors that contribute to mental health risks associated with traumatic stress. In addition, Adam and the members of his lab work closely with UN agencies, policymakers, and NGOs to build mental health capacity in contexts where there is little access to mental healthcare. Adam has also served as an advisor on mental health initiatives for the United Nations Secretariat, Amnesty International, and UNICEF. His work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and has been supported through federal and private grants from organizations including the NIH, USAID, the DoD, Mellon, and Fulbright.

    Before joining the faculty at NSSR, Adam was a member of the psychology faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, where he held the Sara Yates Exley Chair in Teaching Excellence from 2017 to 2018. He holds an academic appointment as an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine and completed a two-year NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowship in brain-imaging techniques in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He is the recipient of federal and foundation grants from organizations and agencies including the NIH, USAID, the Department of Defense, the Social Science Research Council, the Binational Science Foundation, the Open Societies Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation. He also received a Senior Scholar Fulbright award and two Fulbright Specialist grants for studies of trauma and refugee mental health. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and chapters and co-edited two books. 

    Adam received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from NSSR and his BA in Environmental Studies and Political Science from the University of Oregon.

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    Carol Kim

    Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Strategic Partnerships

    Carol Kim

    Carol Kim was appointed Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Strategic Partnerships in August 2020. She joined The New School in June 2015, initially serving as vice president for Strategic Enrollment Management before transitioning to the role of senior vice president for Global Partnerships in January 2018. In her current role, Carol is charged with setting the strategic direction of The New School's global growth and establishing partnerships, as well as leading the university's enrollment efforts.

    Carol brings to her work more than 20 years of progressive achievement in building enrollments and creating external partnerships for international organizations and higher education. Before joining The New School, she served as vice president for Global Partnerships at Tenlegs, a technology company, helping higher-education institutions build online communities. Before that, she was appointed the inaugural vice president of Planning & Communications at YueCheng Education in Beijing, China, where she led the team that built the first LEED-certified Gold educational building in Beijing. Her previous work in higher education includes senior executive leadership positions at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), first as the inaugural dean of Enrollment Management and then as the inaugural vice president of International Relations, and at New York University (NYU), as the director of Recruitment at the Tisch School of the Arts.

    Carol received both her MA in Higher Education and her BS in Management from NYU.

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    Jin Y. Kim

    Deputy Provost for Academic Planning and Administration

    Jin Kim

    Jin Kim joined the Provost’s Office in September 2018. Her role as deputy provost is to align academic priorities with resource planning. She coordinates strategic planning efforts and the academic budget process, oversees analysis of new program investments and faculty hiring plans, and works closely with the deans, the officers, and the provost on developing multi-year planning processes for enrollment, facilities, and major academic initiatives.

    A seasoned university leader, Jin joined The New School in January 2017 as vice dean of the Schools of Public Engagement (SPE). In this role, she advanced new degree proposals, brought new center and institute projects to the college, collaborated on faculty hires and school staffing, designed strategic systems to enhance the visibility of the schools and programs, and led fiscal and administrative teams to advance the college’s administrative and budget processes.

    Before joining The New School, Jin worked at New York University (NYU) for 14 years, her last role being that of senior director of strategic planning in the Office of the Provost, a position in which she advanced space planning for NYU Tandon and took on other projects. She previously served as the chief financial and compliance officer for Tisch School of the Arts, Asia campus, in Singapore, and as senior director of Finance and Operations for the Office of Global Programs, where she oversaw all operations of the international academic programs.

    Jin holds an MA in Public Administration from NYU Wagner School of Public Service and a dual BA degree in Economics and in Philosophy, Politics and Law from Binghamton University.

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    Maggie Koozer

    Vice Provost for Curriculum and Learning

    Maggie Koozer

    Maggie Koozer joined the Provost’s Office in January 2021 as Vice Provost for Curriculum and Learning. Previously she was at the College of Performing Arts, where in her most recent role as vice dean of Curriculum and Learning, she oversaw all academic affairs and curriculum. Maggie played a key role in the formation of the college, leading the development and launch of the MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship, MM Performer-Composer, and MFA in Contemporary Theatre Practice programs. She advanced the vision of the college by directing major curriculum revisions, including the CoPA Core project, which connects undergraduate students at Mannes, Jazz, and Drama through a series of courses based on shared values and multidisciplinary work. Maggie has served on numerous committees at the university, including the University Curriculum Committee and Academic Affairs Committee. Before working at CoPA, she managed adult continuing education programming at Mannes.

    In addition to serving in her administrative leadership role, Maggie has a concurrent appointment as associate professor and teaches courses in curriculum design, community-based teaching, and teaching artistry for performing artists and Topics in Pedagogy (the university’s required course for Teaching Fellows).

    Maggie has worked on curriculum and program design for organizations such as the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts, Buck-Hill Skytop Music Festival, and Hastings College. Before coming to The New School, she led school-based arts education programming for The Metropolitan Opera Guild and The Metropolitan Opera and served on the board of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable. She frequently serves as a grant panelist for various local and national arts education funding initiatives.

    Maggie holds a Doctorate of Education from Fordham University, a Master of Music Education from the University of Connecticut, and Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance from Hastings College. 

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    Eleni Zatz Litt

    Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs

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    Eleni Zatz Litt currently serves as associate provost for Faculty Affairs in the Provost’s Office. She initially joined the Provost’s Office in 2006 as director of the University Writing Center and Student Academic Support and as director of Faculty Support and Development. Over time, she took on increasing responsibilities in full-time faculty affairs.

    As associate provost for faculty affairs, Eleni oversees and provides leadership for full-time faculty affairs in collaborative consultation and coordination with faculty in every area. Her primary focus is on the ongoing development and interpretation of full-time faculty affairs policies and procedures (especially those documented in the Full-time Faculty Handbook) and leadership support for faculty-led committees for faculty reappointment and promotion reviews, as well as those for full-time faculty searches and hiring. She ensures that our policies and procedures continue to follow best practices in higher education and align with our social justice commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion in every area of our work. She partners with academic and administrative leadership across the university in identifying and resolving a wide range of employment and personnel concerns that arise in relation to full-time faculty.  

    Before joining The New School, Eleni worked at the University of Pennsylvania for 18 years, initially as a museum educator at the University Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, where she directed the museum's International Classroom Program. Over time, she held several positions in both academic and student affairs, including ones at the Wharton School's Undergraduate Division and the College of General Studies (now LPS) in the School of Arts and Sciences, where she was an assistant dean.

    Eleni received her PhD in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK) and her BA in Art History from Reed College. More recently, she completed certificates in Fine Arts at Parsons School of Design and Creative Arts Therapies at what was then called The New School for General Studies (now SPE). She continues with her work as a teaching artist and creative practitioner at EZL Studios.

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    Xenia Markowitt

    Interim Vice Provost for Student Success

    Xenia Markowitt

    Xenia Markowitt joined The New School as Interim Vice Provost for Student Success in September 2020. Having spent more than 30 years working in academic administration at leading colleges and universities, Xenia brings wide-ranging experience overseeing student life divisions, programming for women and gender issues, and developing new campus life divisions. She previously served as the chief student affairs officer at Bennington College and at Marlboro College, both of which are schools with progressive values about education, dedicated to the same academic excellence, creativity, social engagement, and non-traditional approaches as The New School. Xenia was also a founding member of the Student Affairs division for New York University (NYU)’s Abu Dhabi satellite campus and has held a variety of posts focused on student success at Dartmouth College. She grew up as a third-culture kid in many countries and is fluent in a number of languages.

    Xenia received her Master of Arts in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from NYU and her BFA in Film and Television Production from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

     

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    Jane McNamara

    Senior Director and Chief of Strategy

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    Jane McNamara is the Senior Director and Chief of Strategy in the Office of the Provost. In this role, she serves as a principal adviser and partner to the Provost. Previously she served as Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and External Affairs at The New School’s Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, where she was responsible for overseeing new curricular and co-curricular initiatives and for serving as the dean’s liaison in the areas of admissions, marketing, and development. She continues to serve as the co-director of Lang's Social Science Fellowship Program. Prior to joining The New School, Jane was the Director of Grants & Programs at the New York Council for the Humanities, where she oversaw a robust grant-making program in the public humanities as well as managing all of the council’s educational programs and partnership activities. Jane has also held positions at the Los Angeles Conservancy, the New York Public Library, and the Museum of the City of New York. She is currently an advisory board member of Cornell University Press' Three Hills imprint and previously served on the boards of the Hudson Heritage Network and the Grantmakers Forum of New York. She has served as a grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Whiting Foundation, and the J.M. Kaplan Fund. 

    Jane received her BA in American Studies from the University of Chicago and an MA in American History with a concentration in Public History from NYU. In 2013-2014, she was part of the Coro New York Leadership Center’s Leadership New York cohort.

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    Ed Sarcelle

    Associate Provost for Libraries, Collections & Academic Services

    Ed Sarcelle

    Ed Scarcelle joined the Provost’s Office as University Librarian in July 2008. He previously served for six years as director of the Scherman Music Library at Mannes College, which was renamed the Performing Arts Library in 2016, when Mannes became a part of The New School’s College of Performing Arts. 

    In his first decade as University Librarian, Ed oversaw The New School’s Libraries and Archives. Under his leadership, the structure of the Libraries shifted from a branch-based system to a reorganized department with a dynamic team of directors, who manage services, collections, and research and instruction. In addition, he oversaw the creation and opening of two library spaces, one at the University Center and the other at the Albert and Vera List Academic Center. In 2015, the University Learning Center became part of Ed’s portfolio and was soon followed by the New School Art Collection and English Language Services. In 2019, the department was renamed Libraries, Collections, and Academic Services (LCAS), and Ed became associate provost, bringing together into one team a key group of leaders who deliver vital services to the New School community.

    Before joining The New School, Ed was an archival librarian at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, where he cataloged materials and provided services for one of the largest recording archives in the world.

    Ed holds an MLS from Long Island University, an MM in Music History from Temple University, and a BS in Mathematics from St. Joseph’s University.

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    Michael Schober

    Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

    Michael Schober

    Michael was appointed Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs in January 2021. He takes a lead role in all major academic initiatives, oversees faculty affairs, and serves as the provost’s representative in a variety of contexts.

    Michael joined The New School in 1992 as an assistant professor at NSSR. Now a tenured professor of psychology, he has taught graduate and undergraduate lecture and seminar courses across The New School, including courses on psycholinguistics, human-computer interaction, research methods, psychology and design, and psychology of music. Michael’s research deals with questions about human interaction that cross disciplinary boundaries, including work on misunderstandings in conversation, respondent experience and data quality in new modes of survey data collection, new ways to visualize uncertainty, and how performing musicians’ thinking does and doesn’t overlap with that of their collaborators and audiences. He has published numerous articles, edited the journal Discourse Processes, lectured widely, and received a number of grants and awards. From 2006 to 2013, Michael served as dean of NSSR, and he was chair of the Psychology Department from 2000 to 2003 and again from 2004 to 2006. 

    Michael is also concurrently serving as vice provost for Research, a role he assumed in 2016 after serving as associate provost for Research starting in 2014. In six years, he has built and led the university’s research support area. He and his team have focused on improving services and support for faculty, student, and staff research, broadly defined to include the full range of scholarly and creative practices at the university. This has included working to reduce administrative burdens for researchers and collaborators, establishing researcher-friendly policies on external funding, and improving the university’s infrastructure for supporting the responsible conduct of research and ethical questions in working with human research participants. Faculty and student applications and awards for external funding have increased significantly during this time, as has external awareness of faculty and student accomplishments. 

    Michael received his PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Stanford and his ScB in Cognitive Science from Brown. 

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    Deva Woodly

    Faculty Director of the Mellon Initiative for Inclusive Faculty Excellence at The New School

    Deva Woodly

    Deva Woodly was appointed faculty director of the Mellon Initiative for Inclusive Faculty Excellence at The New School in February 2021. In this role, she provides critical support for this university-wide initiative to increase demographic and intellectual diversity at the doctoral, postdoctoral, and professorship levels. Her work includes leading the Mellon Fellows mentorship program, running the annual Mellon Transformative Seminar at The New School, building the Mellon Community Fellows program, supporting the six annual Mellon Dissertation Fellows, and overseeing the grant budget.

    Deva is an associate professor of politics at The New School. She is the author of The Politics of Common Sense: How Social Movements Use Public Discourse to Change Politics and Win Acceptance (Oxford, 2015). She has also held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard. Her research covers a variety of topics, from media and communication to political understandings of economics to race and imagination to social movements. She focuses on the impacts of public discourse on political understandings of social and economic issues and on how those common understandings change democratic practice and public policy. Her process of inquiry is inductive, moving from concrete, real-world conditions to the conceptual implications of those realities. In her research, she centers the perspective of ordinary citizens and political challengers, with an eye to the way the demos influences political action and shapes political possibilities. Her forthcoming book, Reckoning: #BlackLivesMatter and the Democratic Necessity of Social Movements, an examination of the ways social movements re-politicize public life in times of political despair, will be published by Oxford University Press in fall 2021.    

    Deva received her PhD in Political Science and her MA in Social Science from the University of Chicago and her BA in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia.

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    Paula Young

    Vice Provost for Institutional Research and Decision Support

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    Paula Young was named vice provost for Institutional Research and Decision Support in May 2021. She has served as associate provost since she arrived at The New School in January 2012. Her role as vice provost is to develop and lead a comprehensive program of institutional research and data analysis that ensures university compliance with all federal and state reporting; provides accurate data, reports, and information to university leaders, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders; and supports long-range planning and day-to-day decision making. In collaboration with the Offices of Enrollment Management, Registrar, Student Success, and Finance and Business, she also provides the data and analysis needed to establish achievable enrollment targets and models tuition and financial aid scenarios.

    Paula appreciates the challenges presented by The New School’s many data systems and the unique requirements of an audience of visual and performing artists, designers, social scientists, and cross-disciplinary critical thinkers. In encouraging her team and other collaborators to think about the user while ensuring data integrity and sustainable, systematic processes, she places emphasis on participating in conversations in which data support is most relevant and helpful. She and her team have re-created the standard annual factbook into an interactive almanac and report of trends with Tableau, made standardized federally reported data accessible through simplified Google sheets, and routinely collaborate with faculty and staff in the design, implementation, analysis, and presentation of surveys.

    After a three-year stint as a postdoctoral research associate at Rutgers University’s Center for Theoretical and Applied Genetics, where she assessed genetic diversity of deep-sea hydrothermal vent organisms using molecular genetic techniques and phylogenetic analyses, Paula decided to move into higher education administration. As assistant dean of science at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), Paula played an instrumental role in assembling the data used by the five department chairs and the dean of science to support curriculum transformation and planning for a more equitable faculty workload. She also advised approximately 70 entering students with undeclared majors each year. From this role she moved into the Provost’s Office, where she coordinated the initial college-wide initiative in program and general education student learning outcomes assessment in support of Middle States Commission on Higher Education re-accreditation. Her final role at TCNJ was executive director of the Center for Institutional Effectiveness, where she led a growing office through the implementation of PeopleSoft Student and Business Objects reporting, resulting in improved reporting in support of student learning and institutional effectiveness and enrollment, tuition, and institutional scholarship aid projections.

    Paula holds a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a BA in Biology with a Minor in Women’s Studies from Douglass College, Rutgers University.

     

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