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President of the College, Susan H. Fuhrman

Dr. Susan Fuhrman

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.

Provost & Dean of the College, Thomas James

Dr. Thomas James

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.

Vice Provost of the College, Katie Embree

Katie Embree is Vice Provost and Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Post-Secondary Education (co-terminus). 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 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, Interim Associate Dean, Associate Vice Provost and Associate Provost. She earned an MBA in Finance from Seton Hall University in 1995 and successfully escaped from banking when she started at Teachers College in 1996 where she earned a doctorate in Post-Secondary Education in 2001.

Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Thomas P. Rock

T. Rock - Profile Photo‌Dr. Rock earned his BA in Communication Studies from the University of Dayton (OH); his MS in Education in Counselor Education from Alfred University (NY); and his Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University (NY). He also received a Certificate of Completion from the Harvard Graduate School of Education for participation in the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education (MLE). Dr. Rock has worked in the field of undergraduate admissions and College Counseling at the University of Dayton, Alfred University and The Albany Academy (NY).  He has worked in graduate admissions at Columbia University (NY), Hofstra University (NY) and Teachers College, Columbia University (NY).

He has 28 years of experience in student affairs having worked in undergraduate and graduate admissions and enrollment management and graduate student services.  In his role as Vice Provost for Student Affairs at TC,  Dr. Rock oversees the Offices of Career Services, Disability Services, International Services, Registrar and Student Affairs.  He also chairs the Psychological Emergency Response Team (PERT) and the Student Code of Conduct Committee.

Dr. Rock’s dissertation focused on access and equity issues as it relates to college admissions.  His dissertation titled Thresholds to Success: An Analysis of the College Admission Process at an Elite Private Secondary School and an Aspiring Public Secondary School in an Urban Setting can be found through Dissertation Abstracts or through the Teachers College Library at Columbia University.  Dr. Rock is also published in the Journal of College Admissions.  Dr. Rock served as the National Association of Graduate Admission Professionals (NAGAP) in a number of positions, including the President from 2006-2008.   He has also served as an Advisory Board member of the World Education Services (WES) and has presented at regional, national and international venues including presentations at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) Conference, the Noel-Levitz National Conference on Student Recruitment, Marketing and Retention, the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools, the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals (NAGAP) Annual Conference, and the Institute for International Education. In September 2010, Dr. Rock was selected as a Delegate by the U.S. Department of State and met with Government and University officials in Beijing and Shanghai.

Vice Dean of the College, Anne Lin Goodwin

Photo: A.Lin GoodwinA. Lin Goodwin is the Evenden Professor of Education, and Vice Dean at Teachers College, Columbia University (TCCU), New York. She served as Vice President of the American Educational Research Association (AERA)—Division K: Teaching and Teacher Education, and is co-director (and architect) of a joint MA in Educational Leadership and Change between TCCU and the National Institute of Education (NIE) in Singapore. She recently received a 7.5 million dollar U.S. federal grant to support her second teaching residency program at Teachers College: TR@TC2. In 2015 she was honored as a Distinguished Researcher by AERA’s Special Interest Group: Research on the Education of Asian and Pacific Americans, and was named the inaugural Dr. Ruth Wong Professor of Teacher Education, NIE.

Dr. Goodwin’s research focuses on teacher and teacher educator identities and development; multicultural understandings and curriculum enactments; the particular issues facing Asian/Asian American teachers and students in U.S. schools; and on international analyses/comparisons of teacher education practice and policy. Her work appears in top education journals including the Journal of Teacher Education, Review of Research in Education, and Teachers College Record; she has edited several books. An international consultant around issues of teacher education, diversity, educational equity, and assessment, Dr. Goodwin has collaborated with educators in Poland, Brazil, Jordan, Mongolia, Latvia, Singapore, China, France, Bermuda, (and more), to achieve quality education for all children.

Vice President for Diversity & Community Affairs, Janice S. Robinson

Janice S. Robinson, Esq. Vice President for Diversity and Community AffairsJanice S. Robinson serves as the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs, Associate Professor in Higher Education and TC's Title IX Coordinator. 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 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.

Vice President for Development & External Affairs, Suzanne M. Murphy

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.

Vice President for Finance & Administration, Harvey Spector

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.

Associate Vice President for School & Community Partnerships, Nancy Streim

Vice President for School and Community Partnerships and Special Advisor to the ProvostDr. Nancy Streim joined Teachers College in 2007 in the newly created position of Associate Vice President for School and Community Partnerships. She also has an appointment as Special Advisor to the Columbia University Provost. Dr. Streim's role is to coordinate the College's activities in the New York City public schools and develop new and more intensive partnerships with the Department of Education, local communities and local schools. She is an architect of a "university assisted community schools model" that systematically addresses conditions related to educational success, including teacher development, expanded learning opportunities, early childhood education, physical and mental health, and parent engagement. In addition to managing the College's institutional partnerships with local schools, Dr. Streim leads the development of the Teachers College Community School, a new PreK-8 public school which opened in 2011 through a partnership with New York City Department of Education.

Dr. Streim's scholarly interests include university-school collaboration, science education in urban schools, and educational entrepreneurship. She has been Principal Investigator on grants from the National Science Foundation, New York State Department of Education, General Electric Foundation and the JPMorgan Chase Foundation among others. She serves on the boards of several organizations including the Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished Principals, the Morningside Area Alliance, and the Remedco Foundation.

Dr. Streim earned a bachelor's degree with honors from Bryn Mawr College, a master's degree from the State University of New York, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Secretary to the College & Chief of Staff, Katie Conway

Katie Conway, Secretary of the College & 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.