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  • The Provost’s Office is led by a group of seasoned higher education professionals committed to academic excellence and the success of our students. Using data-informed approaches to decision making, our staff work together to ensure that our students and faculty have the resources and support they need to excel in their research, scholarship, and creative practice. The work done by the Provost’s Office leaders and their teams is deeply collaborative, rooted in the open exchange of ideas, and aimed at propelling our work forward in positive directions and fostering an environment in which our students, faculty, and staff can thrive.


    Mariana Amatullo - Vice Provost for Global Executive Education and Online Strategic Initiatives

    Mariana Amatullo

    Vice Provost and Academic Dean, School of Continuing and Professional Education

    Mariana Amatullo - Vice Provost for Global Executive Education and Online Strategic Initiatives

    Mariana Amatullo was appointed vice provost and academic dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) in January 2022. In this role, she provides academic leadership and strategy and oversees integration and development for CPE. Her work encompasses integrating academic development and academic administrative functions for the division to operate as a continued source for teaching and learning innovation, new partnerships, and sustainability. 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 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 March 2021, she was appointed vice provost for Global Executive Education and Online Strategic Initiatives, a role that entailed working to build open-enrollment online executive education programs, long-form executive master's programs, and large-scale programs tailored to corporate and enterprise partners and developing strategy for and supporting delivery of online degree and certificate programs. 

    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.


    Lorenley Baez - Associate Provost for Academic Advising and Career Development

    Lorenley Báez

    Associate Provost for Equity and Belonging

    Lorenley Baez - Associate Provost for Academic Advising and Career Development

    Lorenley Báez serves as the associate provost for Equity and Belonging within Student Success. Dedicated to promoting equity, diversity, and belonging, she works closely with faculty, staff, and students to promote these essential values across The New School, actively contributing to the university's mission of fostering an inclusive and supportive environment for all students. Lorenley joined The New School in January 2020 as assistant vice president in Student Success. She was later appointed associate provost for Academic Advising and Career Development in Student Success. Previously she was at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, where she served as associate dean for the Oxley Center for Academic Advisement, providing strategic oversight for career education, internships, academic advisement, TRiO Student Support Services, the Mount Access Program, the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), the Academic Resource Center, and the Office of Disability Services.  She was also an adjunct instructor in the Department of Sociology, where she taught race and gender identity theory.  

    Lorenley is also the principal consultant for Lorenley Báez Consulting, where she works with nonprofit organizations, colleges, and universities to support the student experience by providing an array of services in the following areas: team development and professional coaching; curriculum and co-curricular design and assessment; organizational development and strategic planning; and equity, inclusion, and social justice education, awareness, and competency.    

    She is a graduate of American University (AU), where she earned a bachelor’s degree in print journalism and two master's degrees, one in organization development and one in public administration. Lorenley co-founded the first Latino Student Conference in the Washington Metropolitan area intended to provide community, support, and an array of opportunities for college-age Latino students. Additionally, as a former AU employee, she co-created the university’s first Latino affinity alumni group, which was later recognized as the first chapter for Latino alumni of American University.


    Rita Bridenbach - Associate Provost for Faculty Development

    Rita Breidenbach

    Associate Provost for Faculty Development

    Rita Bridenbach - Associate Provost for Faculty Development

    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.


    Adam Brown - Vice Provost for Research

    Adam Brown

    Vice Provost for Research

    Adam Brown - Vice Provost for Research

    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.

    Abou Farman

    Abou Farman

    Faculty Director, Mellon Initiative for Inclusive Faculty Excellence

    Abou Farman

    Abou Farman was appointed faculty director of the Mellon Initiative for Inclusive Faculty Excellence at The New School in July 2023. In this role, he provides critical support for this university-wide initiative to increase demographic and intellectual diversity at the doctoral, postdoctoral, and professorship levels. His 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.

    An anthropologist, writer and artist, Abou Farman is the author of On Not Dying: Secular Immortality in the Age of Technoscience (2020, Minneapolis: Univ. Minn. Press) and Clerks of the Passage (2012, Montreal: Linda Leith Press). He is Associate Professor of Anthropology at The New School for Social Research and founder of Art Space Sanctuary as well as the Shipibo Conibo Center of NY.

    As part of the artist duo Caraballo-Farman, he long worked with Leonor Caraballo, exhibiting internationally, and now continues to work with her on social and artistic projects in her afterlife. He is producer and co-writer on several prize winning feature films including Vegas: Based on a True Story (2012), Icaros: A Vision (2016), and most recently Uyra: The Rising Forest (2022).

    His current creative, research and activist work on indigenous autonomy in the Peruvian Amazon is carried out in close collaboration with Shipibo Conibo organizations. The sound work A Ceremony for the Mother Spirits (2022), produced in conjunction with the Shipibo union of healers, ASOMASHK, won the the Promise of Multispecies Justice juried exhibition of the Multispecies Salon in 2023. Maya maya bainking a show of Shipibo art and politics co-curated with Matteo Norzi in Lima was winner of a special jury prize in 2023 awarded by Peru’s Association of Curators.

    Brian Fuller - Associate Provost for Strategy and Operations

    Brian Fuller

    Associate Provost for Strategy and Operations

    Brian Fuller - Associate Provost for Strategy and Operations

    Brian Fuller joined The New School in November of 2022 as Associate Provost for Strategy and Operations within Student Success. In this role, Brian is responsible for leading the development and execution of the operational, financial, and strategic visions for Student Success. He also oversees the Communications, Career Development, and Veteran Services departments within the division.

    Before joining The New School, Brian worked at the New York City Department of Education, where he helped manage the NYC Community Schools’ initiative, was Chief of Staff to the Deputy Chancellor, and served as Chief Strategy Officer for School Planning and Development. Brian also consulted for various school districts and non-profit organizations, most notably LearnLaunch, where he developed and facilitated equity and strategy workshops for hundreds of educational leaders across Massachusetts. Earlier in his career, Brian launched the Philadelphia region of an educational non-profit, The DREAM Program, serving youth living in low-income housing across the city of Philadelphia. He was awarded a “Community Celebrity” Award by Cabot Creamery for his work. He also taught 3rd grade at Success Academy Charters in New York City.

    Brian is the author of a forthcoming book outlining the inherent racial and social injustices within our American education system titled Being Black in America's Schools. The book will be released in the summer of 2024.

    Brian received his undergraduate degree at Emory University and later received his M.Ed. in School Leadership and Development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. During his time at Harvard, he was awarded membership into the Harvard Graduate School Leadership Institute through the Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership.

    Cheryl Green - Assistant Provost for Research Support

    Cheryl Green

    Associate Provost for Research

    Cheryl Green - Assistant Provost for Research Support

    Dr. Cheryl K. Green joined the Office of Research Support in August 2021. As associate provost for research, she plays a central role in fulfilling the Office of Research Support’s (ORS) mission of broadening university support for research and sponsored project activities at The New School, which includes research and proposal development and submissions, post-award administration of funded awards, research integrity and education, and research compliance. 

    Cheryl has more than 20 years of experience working in higher education. She has led offices for research development, sponsored research and programs administration, and ensured research integrity. She joins The New School after serving as the director of Sponsored Programs and the research integrity officer at Colorado Mesa University. Previously she was the director of Sponsored Research at Marymount University in Virginia. Before working in research support in higher education, Cheryl served as a program associate at the Dole Foundation for the Employment of People with Disabilities in Washington, DC, and at the Meadows Foundation in Dallas, Texas.

    Cheryl has received more than $10 million in research funding for grants while serving as principal investigator (PI), co-PI, or senior personnel at federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, Health Resources Services Administration, U.S. Department of Education, and U.S. Department of Justice on projects focusing on development of institutions of higher education. She served as the Title III director/principal investigator of a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education under the Title III Strengthening Institutions Program for a university-wide project focused on improving student success and retention at a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Cheryl served as a co-PI of a $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation for an institutional initiative to improve student success and retention of underrepresented students in STEM by expanding early undergraduate research experiences. 

    Cheryl holds a BA in Psychology from Yale University, where she was awarded a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship; an MA in Psychology from The Ohio State University, where she held a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship; and a PhD in International Psychology (concentration organizations and systems) from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She was also awarded a NIH National Research Service Award Fellowship for predoctoral research at Southern Methodist University. 

    Maggie Koozer, Vice Provost for Curriculum and Learning

    Maggie Koozer

    Senior Vice Provost for Curriculum, Learning, and Academic Affairs

    Maggie Koozer, Vice Provost for Curriculum and Learning

    Maggie Koozer joined the Provost’s Office in January 2021 and currently serves as senior vice provost for Curriculum, Learning, and Academic Affairs. Previously she was at the College of Performing Arts (CoPA), where she held several roles. As the college's vice dean of Curriculum and Learning, Maggie oversaw all academic affairs and curriculum. She played a key role in the formation of the college, leading the development and launch of the MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship, the MM Performer-Composer, and the MFA in Contemporary Theatre Practice programs. Maggie 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. She has served on numerous committees at the university, including the University Curriculum Committee and the 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, the Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts, the 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. 

    Rob Mack, Vice Provost for Student Success and Engagement

    Rob Mack

    Vice Provost for Student Success and Engagement

    Rob Mack, Vice Provost for Student Success and Engagement

    Rob Mack joined The New School as vice provost for Student Success and Engagement in August 2022. In this role, he is responsible for strategically leading the area of Student Success and Engagement and supporting and improving New School students' experiences outside the classroom, in close collaboration with the colleges and academic experience. This includes oversight of the areas of Academic Advising and Career Development, Student Engagement, Student Advocacy, and Student Health Services. 

    Rob brings with him over 20 years of higher education experience and a background in clinical psychology. Before joining The New School, he served as associate provost and chief diversity officer at Tufts University, providing diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice strategic consultation and vision for the senior leadership. Working closely with faculty, staff, and students, Rob helped foster a culture of belonging grounded in best practices, education, and support. He led and supported projects such as the Tufts Anti-Racism Initiative, the institutional inclusion climate survey, education learning opportunities focused on oppression, and programs for the university community centered on dialogue. Rob has also led or served on university committees focused on mental health, police reform, and indigeneity justice.

    Rob’s background in the areas of student success and student engagement is both deep and broad. At Tufts, Rob also served as associate dean for the Office of Student Success and Academic Advising in Student Affairs; earlier he served as the associate dean for Undergraduate Education in Academic Affairs. He is very proud of his work launching and directing the Bridge to Liberal Arts Success at Tufts program for students who are the first generation to attend college, students on financial aid, and students with undocumented status.

    Rob received his EdD in Educational Leadership & Supervision from American International College, his MEd in Counseling in Mental Health from the University of Massachusetts, and his BA in Psychology from Westfield State University.

    Shondrika Merritt - Interim Associate Provost for Student Success

    Shondrika Merritt

    Associate Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

    Shondrika Merritt - Interim Associate Provost for Student Success

    Shondrika Merritt was appointed associate provost for Student Affairs and dean of Students in October 2022. She had served as the interim associate provost for Student Success since January 2022. She joined the New School community in August 2019, initially serving as the senior director of Student Advocacy; she became the assistant provost of Student Advocacy when Student Success officially became part of the Provost’s Office in spring 2020. In her current role, Shondrika is responsible for overseeing critical services that promote excellence in students' learning, academic achievement, and personal growth. Student Advocacy strives to meet students' needs holistically by strengthening relationships between students, faculty, staff, and community members to support civic awareness. Ensuring students' success, growth, and wellness is the ultimate goal.

    Shondrika brings with her 16 years of progressive student affairs experience and is responsible for providing leadership for Title IX (Student-Student), student conduct and community standards, student disability services, student support and advocacy, and wellness and health promotion. Earlier Shondrika worked in Housing and Residential Life at Temple University, overseeing Student Behavior and Crisis Management.

    Shondrika received her bachelor's in Business Administration from Shawnee State University, her MS in College Student Personnel from the University of Dayton, and her Doctorate of Education from Temple University. Her research explores how race, history, and culture have influenced the attitudes and perceptions of African American women regarding sexual violence. Through her research, Shondrika has given voice to African American women and their experiences.


    Tracy Robin - Associate Provost, Student Health Services

    Tracy Robin

    Associate Provost, Student Health Services

    Tracy Robin - Associate Provost, Student Health Services

    Tracy Robin currently serves as associate provost for Student Health Services. In that role Tracy oversees medical and counseling services, the student health insurance plan, and immunization and Covid compliance. Tracy initially joined the university in 2000 as a therapist at the counseling center, and took on increasing responsibilities as an administrator during the following years. Tracy sees health and social justice as inextricably linked, and with their team has created and supported programs and services over the years that integrate equity, inclusion, and social justice.  

    Before joining The New School, Tracy worked for over 10 years as a therapist and clinical supervisor in NYC hospital-based trauma programs serving survivors of childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence. Tracy’s work draws from feminist, multicultural, trauma-informed, and psychodynamic perspectives.

    Tracy received their MSW from New York University and their BA in Sociology from Ithaca College. Tracy went on to get a certificate in Gender Conscious Psychoanalytically Oriented Psychotherapy from The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute, and has received intensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and EMDR. Tracy is also trained as a Reiki practitioner and an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist. Tracy co-wrote an article published in the Journal of American College Health titled “Provision of Auricular Acupuncture and Acupressure in a University Setting”, which created a path for colleges around the country to introduce this wellness practice on their campuses.

    Ed Sarcelle - Associate Provost for Libraries, Collections & Academic Services

    Ed Scarcelle

    Associate Provost for Libraries, Collections & Academic Services

    Ed Sarcelle - Associate Provost for Libraries, Collections & Academic Services

    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.

    Jennifer Schlueter

    Jennifer Schlueter

    Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

    Jennifer Schlueter

    Jen joined The New School as vice provost for Academic Affairs in May 2023. In this role, she manages, implements, and improves institution-wide academic affairs processes in academic policy, academic integrity, academic standing, and academic scheduling, and leads initiatives to evaluate and better align academic affairs areas with university mission and vision.

    Previously a tenure-track professor at the University of Oregon and then tenured at The Ohio State University, where she was named a Ratner Distinguished Teacher, Jen comes to The New School from Columbus College of Art & Design. There, she served as the Associate Provost and Dean of Academics, responsible for driving the strategic development and transformation of undergraduate and graduate degrees across shared curricular models, as well as youth, adult enrichment, and career development programs. As part of this work, she was instrumental in launching the Women of Color Equity Design Institute as a collaboration amongst CCAD, Zora's House, the Women's Fund of Central Ohio, and JP Morgan Chase.

    A director/playwright and scholar, Jen's theatrical works have been produced at venues like Little Theatre (Seattle), Cleveland Public Theatre, American Theater Company (Chicago), Kranzberg Center (St. Louis), Wexner Center for the Arts, 59E59 (New York), Tristan Bates (London), and on BBC Radio 4. Her scholarship has been published in leading journals including TDR, Theatre Journal, and Theatre Survey. She was named an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award winner in 2019. The same skills that she honed as a performance maker—in collaboration and in storytelling, as well as in a commitment to wonder, delight, and joy—ground her approach as an academic leader.

    Jen earned her PhD in Theatre History, Literature, and Criticism at Ohio State and her BA in Theatre at Truman State University.

    Michael Schober - Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

    Michael Schober

    Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

    Michael Schober - Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

    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. 

    Paula Young Maas - Vice Provost for Institutional Research and Decision Support

    Paula Young

    Interim Senior Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Administration

    Paula Young Maas - Vice Provost for Institutional Research and Decision Support

    Paula Young was named interim senior vice provost for Academic Planning and Administration in February 2024. She joined The New School as associate provost in January 2012 and served as vice provost for Institutional Research and Decision Support starting in May 2021. As vice provost, she developed and led 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 the 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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    Marcine Miller

    Marcine Miller

    Senior Director of Communications and Engagement

    Marcine Miller

    As the senior director of Communications and Engagement, Marcine oversees the communications and engagement strategy for the provost and the central offices that make up the Provost's Office. Marcine first joined The New School in 2012 and has held several roles dealing with academic affairs, communications, and community engagement. She is committed to reducing structural barriers for students, faculty, and staff through inclusive and accessible communications, and her portfolio is focused on championing our community's academic achievements, increasing awareness of and engagement with initiatives led by the Provost's Office, and improving the internal infrastructure for information sharing, outreach, and collaboration. As the co-chair of The New School's University Commencement ceremonies, Marcine works with senior leadership to plan and execute Commencement exercises for more than 10,000 graduates. Since 2022, she has also served as a staff senator representing the Provost's Office. Outside of The New School, Marcine works as a potter making wheel-thrown teaware and is a member of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts and her local community garden.

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    Eren Hock

    Director of Strategic University Initiatives

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    Eren Hock has served in administrative roles at The New School since 2009. She began as the executive assistant to the Provost, later served as manager of Global Partnerships and director of Operations for Enrollment Management and Strategic Partnerships. In her current role as director of Strategic University Programs, Eren draws on her background in programming, hospitality, and university administration to support some of the Provost’s key initiatives, including the university-wide strategic planning process; our work promoting equity, inclusion, and social justice; and The Moment Is Now, and event series that brings changemakers to campus. Eren received her BA in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and has an Executive Certificate in Facilitation from Georgetown University and a Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University.

    Heather O'Brien

    Heather O’Brien

    Associate Director of Administration and Special Projects

    Heather O'Brien

    Heather joined The New School in 2012 as executive assistant to the dean of Eugene Lang College. In 2014, she moved to the Provost’s Office, where she served as executive assistant and communication manager. She has since served in a number of administrative roles during her time here. Heather’s current portfolio includes planning faculty events and engagement; providing high-level administrative and project management support for the provost, her leadership team, and the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees; managing the Provost’s Office website and communications; and many other initiatives and special projects. Heather is committed to ensuring the smooth flow of operations and information within the Provost’s Office while supporting the vision of the provost in all aspects of her work. Heather received her MA in History of International Affairs from the London School of Economics and Political Science and her BA in Hispanic Studies from Vassar College.

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