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University More Than Doubles Full-Time Faculty Body Over Past Decade

NEW YORK, October 9, 2009—The New School has announced the appointment 53 new full-time faculty members for 2009-10 academic year. The university has now successfully more than doubled the number full-time faculty over the past decade. These appointments are part of larger effort at The New School to strengthen faculty culture and leadership, and encourage cross-disciplinary education.

According to the Almanac of Higher Education, which reports on higher education trends, the ratio of full-time to part-time faculty at universities nationwide has been on the decline for a number of years. At The New School, which has historically relied on part-time faculty, this trend is reversing. Over the past decade alone, there has been more than 140% growth in the full-time faculty body. With these new hires, the number of full-time faculty at the university now totals 375. Of the 53 full-time faculty hires this year, 24 are newly created positions. With more than 10,200 undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking students, The New School is comprised of eight divisions offering more than 70 degree programs in the fields of liberal arts and social sciences, performance arts, management, and design.

"At a time when most universities are scaling back, we are hiring new full-time faculty at an unprecedented rate, expanding our academic offerings, and moving forward with ambitious new capital projects," said New School President Bob Kerrey. "Our solid financial position and strong enrollment numbers allow us to continue transforming The New School into a model of progressive interdisciplinary learning, unfettered by the economic crisis that is paralyzing much of higher education."

The New School is developing a new university center that will serve as a focal point of the campus and house important amenities including a new library and interdisciplinary learning spaces. The university is also creating new cross-divisional academic programs in urban and international studies, and recently launched a new program in environmental studies. Reflecting this academic vision, the newly appointed faculty members come from a broad range of disciplines, from the social sciences and liberal arts, to art and design and the performing arts, and management and urban policy.

"I work with many universities across the country, and what The New School is doing is quite remarkable," said Jack Maguire, chairman of Maguire Associates, a leading higher education market research and consulting company. "Because so few universities are in a position to hire this year, The New School has the opportunity to draw new faculty from an unusually strong pool of applicants, simultaneously growing its faculty in both quality and quantity."

"These new faculty embody the core values of The New School: unwavering inquiry and a committment to academic excellence," said New School Provost Tim Marshall. "They include a leading thinker on social entrepreneurship, Michelle Kahane, who joins The New School from the Clinton Global Initiative; renowned international artist Andrea Geyer; celebrated Indian writer Siddhartha Deb; and accomplished illustrator and Pulitzer-Prize nominee Lauren Redniss. Although they come from diverse academic and professional backgrounds, they share a common commitment to the university's founding principles of civic engagement and academic freedom."

The appointments are across the university's eight schools, which include Parsons The New School for Design, Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, The New School for Social Research, The New School for General Studies, Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy, The New School for Drama, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and Mannes College The New School for Music.

For a full list of new full-time faculty members for 2009-2010, please visit

About The New School
Located in the heart of New York's Greenwich Village, The New School is a center of academic excellence where intellectual and artistic freedoms thrive. The 10,200 matriculated students and more than 6,400continuing education students who attend the university's eight schools enjoy a disciplined education supported by small class sizes, superior resources, and renowned working faculty members who practice what they teach. For more information, please visit