• The Provost's Office is led by a group of seasoned academic administrators who bring with them a wide range of experience, expertise, and perspectives. Individually and collectively, they are committed to academic excellence.

    Tim Marshall, Provost and Chief Academic Officer

    Tim became provost and chief academic officer of The New School in March 2009. He works with the president, deans, officers, and trustees to set academic priorities and see that they are reflected in all aspects of institutional planning and governance. Tim also provides leadership and facilitation for the deans, the faculty, and the colleges and helps ensure that students' educational interests are well served. For appointments, please contact Heather O'Brien, Executive Assistant and Communication Manager.

    Other Roles at The New School

    Tim served as dean of Parsons School of Design from July 2006 until his appointment as provost. While at Parsons, he developed an ambitious and comprehensive academic plan that emphasized a stronger faculty culture and a more fully integrated suite of undergraduate and graduate design degrees. He led a major restructuring effort by organizing a dozen disparate departments into five thematic schools. Tim was Parsons’ associate dean for Academic Affairs from 2004 to 2006 and is a tenured associate professor.

    Professional and Academic Experience and Scholarship

    From 1994 to 2004, Tim held a number of academic leadership positions at the University of Western Sydney in Australia, including chair of the School of Design and director of Academic and International Programs. He has served as a consultant to academic institutions in Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, China, and Singapore and has been a visiting critic at the Köln International School of Design (KISD) and a guest professor at the China National Academy of the Arts (CNAFA), Shanghai Institute of Design. Tim has an extensive professional fine arts, design, and photography background, and he co-founded the Cadre Design group in Sydney, a firm that specialized in Web-based educational visualizations. He received his education at the City Art Institute and College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales, Australia.

    Publications and Lectures

    Tim has written and lectured extensively on design research and design education. He was co-editor, with Michael Erlhoff, of Design Dictionary: Perspectives in Design, the first publication of its kind in print (Birkhauser Press, 2007). Tim has been a featured speaker at the Design Museum in London (“Design School: The Future of the Project,” 2016), Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation (“Social Innovation Festival,” 2015), India Design Forum (2012), and the inaugural Beirut Design Week (2012). Other works include “Designing Design Schools,” which was presented at the conference "Design Perspectives: Envisioning Design for the XXI Century" (Iberoamericano, Mexico City, 2005), and “Poetic Process and Professional Practice: A Case Study for Practitioner-Led Design Research,” which was presented at the conference "Techne-Design Wisdom" (European Academy of Design, Barcelona, 2003). He authored the cover article on the future of design education in Form magazine’s January/February 2009 issue and also initiated and contributed to Eye magazine’s special issue about Australia in 2002. In 2005 and 2006, Tim was an invited participant at the St. Moritz Design Summit, an annual gathering of some of the most highly respected designers and design thinkers from around the world, sponsored by the Raymond Loewy Foundation.

    Bryna Sanger, Deputy Provost and SVP for Academic Affairs

    Bryna was appointed deputy provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs in the spring of 2009. She is operational head of the provost’s office, plays a lead role in all major planning and academic initiatives, oversees faculty affairs, and serves as the provost’s representative in a variety of contexts.

    Other Roles at The New School

    Bryna was associate dean for Academic Affairs and chair of Urban Policy Analysis and Management at Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy from 1993 to 1999, and she served as Milano’s dean from 1999 to 2000. She holds a tenured faculty appointment as professor of Urban Policy Analysis and Management.

    Academic Experience and Scholarship

    A well-known scholar of public policy and public management, Bryna has worked and published in areas including city service delivery, welfare reform, leadership, innovation, and performance management. As a senior fellow at the Gordon Public Policy Center at Brandeis, she directed a project on innovation and leadership. She led a research effort with the National Civic League to identify lessons that have resulted from cities that boast exemplary performance measurement systems and engage citizens in their efforts. As a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, she examined privatization efforts and the changes in service delivery and management systems induced by welfare reform in states around the country. As the recipient of the Einhorn Research Award from the Academy of Governmental Accountability, she has been studying, evaluating, and proposing best practices for performance measurement and management systems in cities around the country. She began her career as a policy analyst at Mathematica Policy Research in Princeton, a leading social policy research institution.

    Bryna holds an AB with honors from Vassar College and a PhD from The Heller School, Brandeis University.

    Professional Experience

    Bryna consults city and state government agencies on public policy and public management. She worked with the transition committee on human services under the Spitzer administration and with the New York City Department of Finance on its effort to design a state-of-the-art performance-management system. She has held leadership positions, including vice president, at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. Bryna is a civic leader and is on the boards of various nonprofit institutions. At its 2009 benefit, United Neighborhood Houses honored Bryna as a “New Yorker who makes a difference.”


    Bryna is the author of numerous books on public policy and management, including The Welfare Marketplace: Privatization and Welfare Reform (Brookings Institution Press, 2003); After the Cure: Managing AIDS and Other Public Health Crises, written with Martin Levin (University Press of Kansas, 2000); and Making Government Work, written with Martin Levin (Jossey-Bass, 1994). She has been on the editorial boards of leading policy and management journals, including the Journal of Public Policy Analysis and Management and the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, where she was also an associate editor.

    Shari Prussin, Vice Provost for Academic Planning

    Shari Prussin joined the Office of the Provost as Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Administration in Fall 2017. Her role is to align academic priorities with resource planning. She coordinates strategic planning efforts, the academic budget process, oversees the analysis of new program investments and faculty hiring plans, and works closely with the deans, officers, and provost on developing multi-year planning processes for enrollment, facilities, and major academic initiatives.

    Prior Professional Experience

    Before joining The New School, Shari served as Vice President for Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness and deputy to the president at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). In this role she provided oversight of the college's strategic planning efforts, development and implementation of college-wide projects, and served as the president's principal liaison with senior administrators, external constituents, and the Board of Trustees. She also served on the board of the FIT Student Faculty Corporation.

    Shari also held several positions at the City University and State University of New York including deputy to the president at Hunter College, Queens College, Hudson Valley Community College, and Borough of Manhattan Community College; acting director of summer session and development officer at Queens College; and director of internal controls and management analysis and bursar at Borough of Manhattan Community College. She has taught in the business and liberal arts program at Queens College and in the department of mathematics at Borough of Manhattan Community College.

    In other roles, Shari has led administrative/student system vendor selection, as well as planning and/or implementation efforts at several colleges and universities including Community College of Philadelphia and City University of New York. She also served as a senior consultant with Cedar/Crestone and Ciber, Inc. where she assisted colleges, universities, and other public agencies implement student administration, human resources, and institutional advancement systems.

    Shari has given presentations on enterprise computing at the CUNY Technology Forum, on reengineering continuing education at the Continuing Education Association of New York conference, and on integrated student-centered planning at the SCUP Mid-Atlantic Conference.

    Shari earned an MBA from Baruch College and a BS in Education from the City College of New York.

    Laura Auricchio, Vice Provost for Curriculum and Learning

    Laura Auricchio

    Laura Auricchio joined the Provost’s Office in fall 2017 as the new vice provost for Curriculum and Learning. She brings broad and deep experience to this position. Laura is a professor of art history at Parsons School of Design and an affiliate of the History program at Eugene Lang College and The New School for Social Research. Her research and teaching focus on French and American history, art history, and visual and material culture in the Age of Revolution. She has also published and taught on topics in contemporary art, gender studies, and museum studies.

    Laura’s most recent book, The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered (Knopf, 2014), won the 2015 American Library in Paris Book Award and received favorable reviews in national and international publications including the London Review of Books, the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. Her previous books include Adélaïde Labille-Guiard: Artist in the Age of Revolution (J. Paul Getty Museum, 2009) and Invaluable Trees: Cultures of Nature, 1660–1830 (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2012), co-edited with Elizabeth Heckendorn Cook and Giulia Pacini. She has published more than one hundred articles, book reviews, exhibition reviews, and biographical entries in scholarly journals, general interest magazines, newspapers, exhibition catalogs, and reference works. Laura has been interviewed on national radio and television and lectured extensively at universities, museums, and other venues around the United States as well as Europe and Australia.

    Laura received her undergraduate degree from Harvard summa cum laude and her PhD from Columbia University with distinction. Her scholarship has been supported by fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, the Earhart Foundation, and other organizations.

    Since joining The New School in 2002, Laura has played a wide range of leadership and service roles, including, most recently, Steering Committee member and Faculty Working Group co-chair for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Accreditation Review (2011–2013); chair of Humanities in the Bachelor’s Program for Adults and Transfer Students (BPATS) program (2011–2013); and school dean responsible for the School of Languages, BPATS, and the undergraduate programs in Environmental Studies, Global Studies, and Urban Studies (2013–2016). She has also served the field in capacities including field editor for 18th-Century European Art (2007–2012) and Editorial Board member forcaa.reviews (2008–2012); Executive Board member-at-large for the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (2014–2017); chair of the American Library in Paris Book Award Jury (2016); and juror for the French Heritage Literary Award (2017 and 2018).

  • Key Functions

    Our 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.

    Academic Planning and Administration

    Academic planning involves the careful integration of academic ideas and ideals with financial and functional considerations including budgets, space and human resources, and enrollment projections. Shari and her staff work closely with the deans and with many offices university-wide to develop and manage the academic budget and related policies and planning.

    See also Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness

    Art Collections

    Silvia Rocciolo and Eric Stark, Curators

    The university curators build, manage, maintain, conserve, and present the New School Art Collection as an educational resource for students as well as the public. The New School Art Collection consists of approximately 1,800 works by emerging and established international artists, most of which are installed in the university's public spaces. The collection includes a number of site-specific works, reflecting a university tradition that began in 1931 with the commissioning of murals by José Clemente Orozco and Thomas Hart Benton. Site-specific installations by Sol Lewitt, Martin Puryear, Brian Tolle, Kara Walker, and Dave Muller have recently been added to the collection.

    Curriculum and Learning

    The Curriculum and Learning area supports the development and implementation of new curricular programs as well as methods of assessing and improving the quality of the educational experience at the university. Much of this work focuses on developing and improving cross-college and university-wide programs, particularly new pathways and opportunities that broaden and strengthen the academic experience by incorporating innovation and best practices in teaching and learning. The University Curriculum Committee plays an active role in this work. The Office of the Provost also supports faculty innovation in curriculum and pedagogy through the Education Fund.

    Faculty Affairs

    Faculty Affairs provides administrative oversight and support for all matters related to full-time faculty, including searches and appointments, reviews and promotions (including review of part-time faculty), and oversight and revision of faculty-related policies (such as the Full-Time Faculty Handbook). Faculty Affairs is guided by a commitment to recruiting, retaining, and supporting exceptional faculty and to ensuring consistency and best practices in procedures and policies governing faculty employment and engagement. Faculty Affairs provides administrative support for several committees, including the University Promotions and Review Committee (UPRC), the University Term Review Committee (UTRC), and the Faculty Affairs Committee. This area is closely aligned with the work of the University Faculty Senate, the Office of Human Resources, and the university deans. 

    Institutional Research and Effectiveness

    The mission of the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness (OIRE) is to provide timely and authoritative research relevant to the institution's academic work. IR produces the University Fact Book and provides regulatory reporting to state and federal government agencies and accrediting agencies. It also conducts and analyzes the results of surveys such as the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) Freshman Survey, and the Student Satisfaction survey. IR supports academic planning and policy with analyses of current data, historical trends, and industry benchmarks on applicants, students, faculty, departments, and institutions. The office produces regular reports on subjects including retention and graduation rates, teaching loads, tenure rates, enrollment projections, and demographics. IR also conducts customized research and provides support for various university offices.

    Learning Center

    The University Learning Center (ULC) offers New School students assistance at every stage of the writing process and promotes ongoing development of writing skills. The staff includes both generalist tutors and certified ESL specialists. The ULC serves more than 1,000 individual students, providing almost 3,000 tutoring sessions annually. The ULC consults with faculty members and offers them support in aspects of their work relating to student writing and is now home to a new program in math tutoring. Director Jeannie Kahaney is responsible for overall strategic planning for the center and for ensuring that tutoring is aligned with pedagogical goals. The administrative coordinator is responsible for the ULC's day-to-day operations.

    Libraries and Archives

    • Ed Scarcelle, University Librarian and Director, Scherman Music Library at Mannes
    • Stephen Serwin, Assistant to the University Librarian
    • Wendy Scheir, Director of Archives and Special Collections
    • Allen Jones, Director of Digital Library and Technical Services
    • Kira Appel, Director of Research and Instructional Services
    • Andy Toulas, Director for Public Services 
    • Nicole LaMoreaux, Assistant Director, Research and Instructional Services, and Fashion Business Marketing Librarian
    • Greg Sigman, Assistant Director, Research and Instructional Services, and Performing Arts Librarian
    • Paul Abruzzo, Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian
    • Brita Servaes, Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian
    • Jennifer Yao Weinraub, Art and Design Librarian

    The mission of The New School Libraries and Archives is to provide access to collections, services, and spaces sufficient in quality, depth, diversity, format, and currency to support the research and teaching missions of The New School.

    The New School Libraries and Archives consists of the List Center, University Center, and Performing Arts Libraries, plus the Archives and Special Collections. Together these collections, services, and spaces support The New School's interdisciplinary approach to education and offer an excellent starting place for research.

    Open Campus

    Open Campus includes international academic partnerships, networks, global online educational opportunities, and a range of initiatives designed to promote collaboration between the university and other institutions around the world. The Provost's Office team works closely with the colleges and the faculty to connect ideas and resources with co-curricular and research interests that foster strategic international engagement.

    Research Support

    The Office of Research Support (ORS) is organized into two main areas: Grants and Sponsored Projects and Research Integrity and Compliance. For more information, please visit the Research Support website.