We are pleased to welcome David Scobey as the new Executive Dean of The New School for General Studies and Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy. His arrival signals the next phase of the initiative that began last year to unite NSGS and Milano and their range of new interdisciplinary programs. David begins his appointment this month and has already been on campus meeting members of our community.
A national leader developing innovative ways higher education institutions can engage communities outside the academy, David has led programs that unite faculty and students across disciplinary and divisional lines. Since 2005, he has served as the Donald W. and Ann M. Harward Professor of Community Partnerships at Bates College where he directed the Harward Center for Community Partnerships, an academic center comprising programs in community-based learning and research, co-curricular work, and environmental stewardship. From 1998 to 2005 David was founding Director of the Arts of Citizenship program at the University of Michigan, which fosters the public role of the arts, humanities, and design in strengthening community and deepening democracy. The program was recognized as a pioneering initiative to integrate civic engagement with the liberal arts.
David serves on the advisory boards of Project Pericles and “Bringing Theory to Practice,” an initiative under the auspices of the American Association of Colleges and Universities that links engaged learning, civic participation, and student well-being. He was among the organizers of “Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life,” a consortium of colleges and universities dedicated to public work in the arts, humanities, and design.
He earned his PhD in American Studies at Yale and taught for 16 years at the University of Michigan in the Department of History, the Program in American Culture, and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, where he earned tenure. His scholarship explores the intersection of politics, culture, and space in 19th-century America, particularly New York. Among other publications, he is the author of Empire City: The Making and Meaning of the New York City Landscape (Temple University Press, 2002).
Leveraging the strengths of both NSGS and Milano, David will work with faculty, staff, and students from both schools to create a robust interdisciplinary academic culture that supports the core values and ideals that have been part of The New School since its founding. David is enthusiastic to serve as Executive Dean at such an auspicious moment and we look forward to introducing him widely as the academic year gets underway.