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Joan Hope
Managing Editor

Joan Hope became editor of Dean & Provost in 2007. She brings years of experience in higher education and journalism to her work.

Joan taught writing and literature courses for eight years at colleges and universities including Indiana University at Bloomington, Clark University, and Houston Community College. As a freelance journalist, she published hundreds of articles in newspapers, magazines and reference books.

Joan stays up-to-date on issues facing academic administrators by attending conferences, including those hosted by the American Conference of Academic Deans, the American Association of Community Colleges, and the Society for College and University Planning. She also interviews deans and provosts around the country and seeks regular input from an Advisory Board made up of top professionals in the field.

In 2010, Dean & Provost was awarded the Newsletter on Newsletters’ First Place award for Best Individual/Company Profile for a “Dean Dialogue” column.  Joan’s other awards include a Gold Medal for Best Feature Article from Parenting Publications of America and a Best Graduate Student Paper in American Literature honor from the English Department at Indiana University at Bloomington.

Joan has a bachelor’s degree from Rice University, a master’s from the University of Houston, and a Ph.D. in English Literature from Indiana University at Bloomington.

Advisory Panel

Erica Barone Pricci
Vice President for Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer
Lackawanna College

Erica Barone Pricci serves as Lackawanna College's Vice President for Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer and has worked in various capacities at Lackawanna College since 2007. Dr. Barone Pricci earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Marywood University.  She received a Master’s Degree in English from Lehigh University, where she also taught English and composition courses.  She earned a Doctoral Degree in Human Development with a concentration in Higher Education Administration at Marywood University, where she completed research about the impact of student perceptions of the learning environment on decisions to engage in academic dishonesty. Dr. Barone Pricci is responsible for overseeing new program development, curricular decisions, accreditation, and the student learning outcome assessment process. She also serves as a member of the President's Cabinet and was a Middle States Decennial Self-Study Co-Chair for the College's 2015 Self-Study submission.

Herman A. Berliner
Dean, Zarb School of Business
Hofstra University

Herman A. Berliner serves as Dean of the Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University. He became provost at Hofstra  in 1990 and served in that role until 2015. His oversight responsibilities include all the colleges, schools and academic programs, as well as the library, the Hofstra Cultural Center, the Hofstra Museum, and the Saltzman Community Services Center.

Herman joined Hofstra in 1970 as an assistant professor of economics after having earned a Ph.D. in economics from the City University of New York Graduate School.  He was awarded tenure in 1975, promoted to associate professor in 1978 and to professor in 1985. In 1996, he was named the Lawrence Herbert Distinguished Professor.

He formerly served in a number of key administrative positions, including dean of the School of Business as well as acting dean of the School of Education.

His most recent publications are monographs for the TIAA-CREF Institute's Advancing Higher Education series. For that series, he wrote "Attracting and Developing the Next Generation of Senior Administrative Leadership” and coauthored “Finding the Best to Lead Higher Education.” He also recently published “Perspectives of a Long Serving CAO” in Chief Academic Officers and the Future Leadership of American Higher Education and coauthored “Accreditation Best-Practices and Implications in a Resource Constrained Environment.”

His areas of specialty as an economist include macro-economics and the economics of higher education.  He is a TIAA/CREF Institute Fellow and a board member of Project GRAD Long Island and also the North Shore School District.

Lisandra De Jesus
Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
Albany Technical College

Lisandra De Jesus assumed the position of Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Albany Technical College in 2012.

De Jesus came to Albany Technical College — an Achieving the Dream member college — in 2008 from Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida where she served as District Student Services Coordinator. She served as Dean of Admissions at Albany Tech form 2008-2012 and has been the visionary leadership behind the outstanding Student Affairs team working together to achieve the college’s strategic goals centered on student learning and completion.

During her tenure at Albany Tech, De Jesus has increased collaborations between academic and student affairs and has been an advocate and supporter of cross-campus partnerships with the goal of increasing student retention and graduation. She serves on the Achieving the Dream Core Team as well as the Complete College Georgia team [Georgia’s Complete College America charge]. Community service includes serving as president of the Rotary Club of Dawson, 2014-2015; board member of the Workforce Investment Board-Region 44; leading Hispanic population outreach for the 2010 Census as part of the Complete Count Committee; and Girls Inc. of Albany Committee of 100. In 2010, De Jesus was named to Georgia Trend magazine’s 40 Under 40.

A first-generation college student and the only member of her family to complete a college education, De Jesus says that education, plus hard work, strong work ethics, and perseverance, equal dreams becoming a reality and produces positive results for students, families, and communities. Having completed her secondary education in the South Bronx, N.Y., after the family’s relocation from the island of Puerto Rico, she understands the importance of being resilient, as well as the value of education to further one’s goals and continuously enhance communities.

De Jesus received concurrent bachelor’s degrees in both Business Administration and Spanish Literature from the State University of New York-College at New Paltz, completed her graduate degree in education at Norfolk State University, and is a proud Gator having earned her Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of Florida.

Darby Dickerson
Dean, School of Law
Texas Tech University

Darby Dickerson became Dean of the School of Law at Texas Tech University in 2011.

Prior to that, she served as Vice President and Dean and Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law starting in 2004. She joined Stetson in 1995 and also served as Director of Legal Research and Writing, Associate Dean and Vice Dean.She received her B.A. and M.A. from the College of William & Mary, and earned her J.D. from Vanderbilt University. Following law school, she clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and then practiced commercial litigation with a large firm in Dallas, Texas. In 1995, she was named Outstanding Young Lawyer in Dallas.Darby is the author of the Association of Legal Writing Directors’ ALWD Citation Manual, which is now in its fourth edition, and articles in the areas of legal writing and citation, litigation ethics, and higher education law and policy. She is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences on various topics related to higher education law and policy. In 2010, Darby was named the Business Woman of the Year by the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce; in 2009 she received the Chief Justice’s Award from Florida’s 13th Judicial Circuit, and in 2008 she received George Carr Award from the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. She was honored with Stetson University’s Teaching Excellence Award and is the two time recipient of the University’s Homer and Dolly Hand Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship. She was the 2005 recipient of the Burton Foundation Award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education and the Tampa Bay Business Journal's Business Woman of the Year Award in the Nonprofit and Social Services category. Her community and professional service has included serving as Chair of the Board of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross. Darby is an elected member of the American Law Institute; Vice President of Scribes-The American Society of Legal Writers; and a member of the Executive Committee of the Associate of American Law Schools’ Committee on Part-time Division Programs and the AALS Deans’ Section.

Stephanie Fabritius
Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the College, and Professor of Biology
Centre College

Stephanie Fabritius is Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the College, and Professor of Biology at Centre College. In this role, she has facilitated the development of a robust undergraduate research program, formalized assessment of programs and student learning goals, expanded faculty development, and refined the hiring, mentoring, and evaluation of faculty. Stephanie recently completed her service of six years on the American Conference of Academic Dean Board of Directors, where she also served on the executive committee as the Governance and Board Development Chair. Prior to coming to Centre College in July 2006, she was professor, associate provost and director of the Paideia program at Southwestern University and an ACE Fellow at Bowdoin College (2002-2003). She holds a B.S. in biology from Pepperdine University and a Ph.D. in biology from Purdue University.

Barbara Gaba
Provost & Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Union County College, Elizabeth Campus

Barbara Gaba is Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Union County College in New Jersey where she is responsible for the overall operation of the college’s Elizabeth campus.  In this role she serves as the chief academic officer and administrator of the campus providing leadership, vision and strategic direction to the faculty, students and programs. In addition, she is responsible for the college’s Distance Education Department and for coordinating UCC’s initiative to enhance its career and technical education programs.

Barbara is active in community and civic affairs, including being a board member of the Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Rotary Club of Elizabeth. She also serves on several boards of directors and advisory boards, including the National Council for Black American Affairs, an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges, and The Chair Academy for Leadership and Development’s International Practitioners Board. 

Since 2005, Barbara has been a board member of the New Jersey ACE Network, a state affiliate of the American Council on Education’s Office of Women in Higher Education. She currently serves as state coordinator of the chapter awarded the 2010 ACE State Network Leadership Award.

Marsha Kelliher, J.D., LL.M.
Dean of the Sigmund Weis School of Business
Susquehanna University

Marsha Kelliher is the Dean of the Sigmund Weis School of Business at Susquehanna University. She was Dean of the School of Management and Business at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.

In fall of 2002, Marsha was named the YWCA Woman of the Year in Education and inducted to the Ben Davis High School Wall of Fame. 

She has designed and instructed courses in management, human resources, labor relations, organizational behavior, business negotiation and alternative dispute resolution, business law and ethics, e-commerce and the law, and business and public policy. 

Marsha earned her J.D. from South Texas College of Law and graduated cum laude from the University of San Diego with an LL.M. in labor and employment law. Her bachelor’s degree is in personnel management with a concentration in labor relations from Indiana University. 

She has practiced law in both Texas and California.  An advocate of alternative dispute resolution methods, Marsha is an arbitrator and certified mediator.

Whether Marsha is training in the classroom, breakroom or boardroom, she is committed to helping others recognize their potential and achieve their goals.  Having spent years in the courtroom defending corporate clients, she enjoys the “proactive” practice of law through training students and clients on how to prevent lawsuits, promote diversity, and appreciate the importance of ethical business practices.

Lucinda Lavelli
Dean of the College of Fine Arts
University of Florida

Lucinda Lavelli is the Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Florida.  Prior to this appointment she served as the Provost at North Carolina School of the Arts, Director of the School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration at the University of Akron and Chair of the Performing Arts Department at Hathaway Brown School.

Her major curricular initiatives have been the use of technology for the arts, online education for access to arts education, and the Creative Campus initiative at UF.  This initiative seeks to infuse the academy with the arts to promote divergent thinking.  She has spoken locally, nationally and internationally on the topic. 

She has also served on arts and education boards and is currently secretary for the International Council of Fine Arts Deans, president of the Florida Higher Education Arts Network, and a board member for the Cade Museum for Innovation and Invention.

Lucinda earned a master’s of fine arts degree in theater arts and dance, and a master’s in nonprofit organization, both from Case Western Reserve University; a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Denison University; and a certificate in Laban Movement Analysis from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies.

Julian Z. Schuster
Provost, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Webster University

Since becoming Provost, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Webster University in 2010, Julian Z. Schuster, Ph.D. has led the institution through a period of transformational growth and development. Webster’s $55 million capital campaign concluded successfully, three new endowed faculty positions were established, and the institution’s financial outlook was upgraded by Fitch Ratings (A- to A) and by Moody’s Investor Service (Baa1 to A3). During this time, the university has completed over $60 million in construction projects, increased the number of full-time faculty, and launched more than 15 new academic programs, including several STEM-related offerings.

Julian is a graduate of the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education (MLE) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and completed Harvard’s executive program in Crisis Leadership in Higher Education. In St. Louis, he serves on the boards of the Faust Park Foundation, the Contemporary Art Museum, Executive Committee of the Board of the World Affairs Council, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Citizens for Modern Transit, Dean & Provost, and the Hungarian-Missouri Educational Partnership.

Maria M. Vallejo
Palm Beach State College

María M. Vallejo became Provost at Palm Beach State College’s Lake Worth Campus in 1999. With over 30 years of experience in higher education, Maria has served as Vice President of Academic and Student Services at Nassau Community College and Vice President of Student Affairs at Rockland Community College in New York, as well as Dean of Academic Support services at Bergen Community College in New Jersey.  She also was employed at other private and public four-year colleges and universities. 

María received her Ph.D. in bilingual curriculum development/higher education from New York University.  She earned two master’s degrees from Columbia University and her bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College. 

She is a strong supporter of the ASPIRA Association, inc., the only national nonprofit organization devoted solely to the education and leadership development of Puerto Rican and other Latino youth.  She has provided support to organizations such as The Quantum Foundation, where she completed her eight year tenure on the Board of Directors; the South Palm Beach Branch of the NAACP, which honored her with the Louise E. Buie Founders Award; the Women’s Chamber of Commerce, which honored her with their Giraffe Award in 2007; and the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches which honored her with the Women in Leadership Award in 2010. 

María was honored as one of the “20 Mujeres of Distinction” in the 2004 Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, and recently completed her tenure as president of the National Community College Hispanic Council, actively promoting and supporting its annual Leadership Symposium, bringing together promising Latino leaders for national mentoring, training and networking.

She is a politely assertive educator, leader and activist who has devoted endless time to helping others on an individual and group basis.

Cynthia Worthen
Dean of Academic Affairs
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Cynthia Worthen is Dean of Academic Affairs at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She was Vice President for Academic Affairs at Argosy University, Washington D.C., where she was responsible for faculty and curriculum across all programs at the campus. She has also served as Campus Director at Redlands University, Burbank, California campus, before which she was Program Coordinator at University of La Verne in La Verne, California. She earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of La Verne and Master’s degree in Public Administration from Georgia College and State University. She has presented at conferences in the areas of student academic success, diversity and leadership. Her interests now focus on the pedagogy of teaching and learning for the non-traditional student. She was on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Adult Higher Education where she served as secretary.

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    Joan Hope
    Managing Editor

    Joan Hope became editor of Dean & Provost in 2007. She brings years of experience in higher education and journalism to her work. She has taught writing and literature courses for eight years at colleges and universities including Indiana University at Bloomington, Clark University, and Houston Community College
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