Teachers College Leadership
Susan H. Fuhrman, Ph.D. President of the College
Dr. Susan Fuhrman is the tenth President of Teachers College, Columbia University, joining the College in August 2006. She is the founding Director and Chair of the Management Committee of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE), and former President of the National Academy of Education (2009-2013). She previously served as Dean of the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, as well as the school's George and Diane Weiss Professor of Education. Dr. Fuhrman received bachelor's and master's degrees in history from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois and a Ph.D. in political science and education from Columbia University, New York.
(Website: Teachers College President )
Thomas James, Ph.D. Provost and Dean of the College
Dr. Thomas James became Provost, Dean, and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Teachers College on July 1, 2007, and is also on the faculty of TC’s Department of Arts and Humanities. Dr. James was formerly Dean of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Previously, Dr. James was Vice Dean and Professor of Educational History at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, and prior to that, a tenured professor at Brown University. He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and his master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. A historian by training, he is the author of Exile Within: the Schooling of Japanese Americans 1942–45. He also has written on law and the history of education as well as educational governance and control. As a child, Dr. James attended the famous Laboratory School at the University of Chicago, founded by John Dewey.
(Website: Office of the Provost and Dean of the College )
Suzanne M. Murphy, M.A., Ed.M. Vice President for Development and External Affairs
Suzanne M. Murphy became Vice President for Development and External Affairs at Teachers College in February 2008. Prior to coming to Teachers College, Ms. Murphy served as Vice President of College Resources at Sarah Lawrence College and as Vice President of External Affairs and Enrollment Services at Marymount Manhattan College. She also taught intensive summer courses in reading and writing to students in the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), created a similar program for economically disadvantaged children who did not meet HEOP poverty requirements; and coordinated Marymount’s program in alcoholism and counseling. Ms. Murphy holds a B.A. degree from Marymount Manhattan College and both Ed.M. and M.A. degrees from Teachers College.
(Website: Development and External Affairs )
Janice S. Robinson, Esq. Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs
Janice S. Robinson serves as the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs, as the TC Title IX Coordinator, and also as an Associate Professor in Higher Education. She joined Teachers College in December 2000, served jointly as Executive Director for Diversity and Community, and assumed the additional responsibilities of the College’s first General Counsel through February 2009. Previously, she held a joint appointment at Rutgers University – Newark as Special Counsel to the Law School Dean and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; and she also served as Director for the Academic Foundations Center at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences. Previously, she was Assistant Dean, Director of the Minority Student Program, and Director of Financial Aid at Rutgers Law School. She has practiced law at the Legal Aid Society – Civil Division and taught at the Dalton School. Ms. Robinson earned her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law, her Ed. M. and M.A. from Teachers College, and her B.S. from the University of Bridgeport. She earned two post-graduate certificates from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and was awarded a fellowship at the University of London’s Institute for Advanced Legal Studies.
Harvey Spector, M.A., M.C.R.P Vice President for Finance and Administration
Harvey Spector became the Vice President for Finance and Administration in June of 2007. He received master’s degrees in Public Administration and City and Regional Planning from Ohio State University. Spector, a native New Yorker, served as the Deputy Budget Director in New York City's Office of Management and Budget under Mayor Koch in the late 1980's and as Vice President for Finance and Operations at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Prior to his work at FIT, he was director of Management and Budget for the New York City Transit Authority and a special advisor to the New York State Financial Control Board.
Katie Conway, Ed.D. Secretary to the College and Chief of Staff
Dr. Katie Conway is Chief of Staff in the Office of the President at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff and a Doctoral Research Fellow. She is also a Coterminous Assistant Professor in the program in Higher & Postsecondary Education at TC, where she has taught since she received her doctorate from the same program in 2012. Prior to coming to TC, Katie worked at Columbia University, most recently as the Director of Academic Affairs for the Columbia University Medical Center and, before that, in institutional research and strategic planning for the undergraduate schools. Her research considers ideas of success and satisfaction in the pre- tenure career, with a recent focus on the role of family in that equation. She has published and presented on these topics in academic and professional contexts. In addition to her doctorate, she holds an MA and an EdM from TC and a BA from Columbia College, Columbia University.
Nancy Streim, Ph.D. Associate Vice President for School and Community Partnerships and Special Advisor to the Provost
Dr. Nancy Streim joined Teachers College in 2007 in the newly created position of Associate Vice President for School and Community Partnerships and Special Advisor to the Columbia University Provost. In her role as the head of the Office of School and Community Partnerships (OSCP), Dr. Streim leverages faculty and student research, teaching, and service to enrich learning and improve outcomes in New York City public schools, especially those in the local community. Major initiatives include the development of the Teachers College Community School and the Teachers College Partnership Schools network. The OSCP also provides a broad array of enrichment programs for local schools including the Reading/Math Buddies, Performing Arts Series, Harlem Schools Partnership for STEM Education, Harlem Ivy after school program, and Earth Friends.
Before coming to TC, Dr. Streim was Associate Dean for Educational Practice at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education where she and President Fuhrman developed the university-assisted school model that guides the work at TC. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Bryn Mawr College, an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from SUNY-Brockport and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
(Website: Office of School and Community Partnerships )
Katie Embree, Ed.D. Vice Provost
Katie Embree is Vice Provost and Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Post-Secondary Education (co-terminus) at Teachers College, Columbia University. In her current position she oversees the College’s academic budget, faculty and academic affairs administrative operations, the Dean Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services, the Office of Accreditation and Assessment and the Office of Academic Affairs Compliance. Katie also serves as chair of several College-wide committees, including the Harassment Panel. Selected prior roles at Teachers College include Associate Director of the Center for Educational Outreach and Innovation, Assistant Dean, Associate Vice Provost and Associate Provost. In prior roles, Katie oversaw the student services offices of the College and chaired the College’s Psychological Emergency Response Team and the Student Conduct Committee. She earned an MBA in Finance from Seton Hall University in 1995 and successfully escaped banking and insurance when she started at Teachers College in 1996 where she earned a doctorate in Higher and Post-Secondary Education in 2001.
Michael Feierman, General Counsel
Michael Feierman was appointed General Counsel in July 2017. He previously served as General Counsel of Barnard College, Columbia University from 1995 to 2010, and then practiced in the Higher Education Group at Bond, Schoeneck & King in New York, where he provided legal and administrative guidance to colleges, universities, private secondary schools, and other not-for-profit organizations.
Feierman earned his law degree at Fordham Law School and his undergraduate degree in social work from Adelphi University.
(Website: Office of the General Counsel )