The skyscraper — redefining preconceived limits like many of us — was readily adopted by New York when its citizens called for more space. The city built nearly 100 iron giants in less than 40 years, and progress in engineering and human tenacity made it all possible. That was more than 130 years ago, and as our world contends with the growing challenges of our time, Teachers College is also reaching new heights, just like the city’s skyscrapers, in our long-held pursuit of effective solutions that build greater equity for all.
2022 — our first year back at full capacity on campus since the start of Covid-19 — presented new peaks to surmount: climbing disparities in education, health, and mental wellness amid a shifting economy; resistance to more inclusive school curriculums; the second-most mass shootings in U.S. history, just behind 2021; a growing mental health crisis; and more.
In response, our extended community has answered the call to action with a redoubled commitment to the scholarship and service that defines Teachers College itself.
2022 was a banner year for research at the College, which earned 22% of additional research funding, led progress at the national level, and expanded opportunities for collaboration with our colleagues at Columbia and Barnard.
Pursuing bold solutions also meant continuing our work in digital pedagogy and innovation to expand the boundaries of what’s possible in classrooms at TC and beyond — and reimagining the preparation for professions like teaching in order to best position our students for the work ahead. We continued our work to forge pathways that support student success — from acceptance through post-graduation — with new developments like resources for student-parents.
The College also continued to implement new recruitment initiatives that yielded one of the most diverse faculty hiring years in TC’s history, and released its first DEI Report to benchmark our continued efforts to strengthen and expand diversity, equity and inclusion throughout our institutional programs and operations. Our faculty, students and alumni are on the ground in neighborhoods across New York City and around the world, working with local leaders and partners to drive tangible progress across education, psychology and health.
None of this would have been possible without our robust Teachers College community across the world — our dedicated faculty, students and alumni (all 94,000 of them), and our generous donors, partners, supporters and neighbors. As we look back on 2022 together, I hope you will continue to join us in our aspirations to reach new heights, no matter the challenges ahead.
Total Students Enrolled in Fall 2022
New students hail from
Scholarships & Assistantships
(Excluding work study funds and loans)
+22% in FY 2022 over 2021
~5K Mentions of TC in the news media
In another year of discord and uncertainty, we witnessed our faculty, students, alumni and partners collaborate to bring innovative solutions and inquiry to the most pressing issues of our time, including educational equity, mental health, racial justice, poverty, political polarization, gun violence, and climate change.
Teachers College stands at the forefront of preparing exceptional educators for the challenges that lie ahead. Through innovative pedagogy, practice, and community partnerships, we remain committed to our vision for a more equitable, effective and inspiring educational world.
In this pursuit, we focused on:
We reaffirmed our commitment to strengthening teacher education through the establishment of the College’s new Vice Dean for Teacher Education. In the role, Professor Emerita Celia Oyler provides strategic leadership and advocacy for teacher education practice, policy, and research at the College — with particular focus on reimagining teacher preparation to meet the needs of today’s students and support equity.
As part of TC’s commitment to lessening financial burdens for students, our Enrollment Management division is leading efforts to restructure our financial aid programs — introducing, for next year’s class, a pilot model that offers increased financial support for up to two years to students pursuing master's degrees in teacher certification programs.
The Digital Futures Institute – led by Lalitha Vasudevan, Vice Dean for Digital Innovation and Professor of Technology and Education – continues to forge the future of teaching and digital innovation through service and scholarship. Last year, DFI expanded their education technology offerings through programming and resources for students and faculty, as well as the public, through their numerous podcasts and “Teachers Supporting Teachers” — helping early career K-12 teachers in New York effectively integrate tech into their lesson plans. DFI’s newly launched Tech Playgrounds initiative extends this focus and provides opportunities for engagement with emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and media creation in teaching and learning, as well as research. Earlier this year, DFI partnered with the Joan Ganz Cooney Center to host the first meeting of the NYC Play Consortium, a collective of designers, media makers, educators, and technologists focused on promoting and designing for more play in the context of lifelong learning.
To further our work supporting future teachers, the landmark Jaffe Peace Corps Fellows Program received a new gift of $1.7 million from the Jaffe family for student scholarships. The gift by TC Trustee Emeritus Elliot S. Jaffe and his wife Roslyn reflects the Jaffes’ continued commitment to endow and sustain the pioneering program at the College to prepare returning Peace Corps volunteers for careers in education. The program, which provides scholarships to returning volunteers committed to teaching in New York City public schools, recognizes the unique perspective and tenacity that returning Peace Corps members bring to the classroom. Since its inception in 1985 and with gifts totaling nearly $6.5 million from the Jaffe family, the program has placed more than 750 grads in NYC public schools.
Our community continued to leverage research and scholarship to foster more inclusive, rewarding opportunities for all students.
The College has continued to implement new recruitment initiatives that yielded one of the most diverse faculty hiring years in the College’s history. Two-thirds of this year’s tenured and tenure-track hires are from diverse racial-ethnic backgrounds. In total, TC welcomed 24 new full-time faculty members and granted tenure and full professorships to five faculty members.
The Office for Diversity and Community Affairs published its first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion report — a key objective in President Thomas Bailey’s strategic priority to institutionalize DEI efforts. In addition to disseminating key data, the report offers a comprehensive plan to foster a diverse, inclusive and equitable community for TC’s faculty, staff and students.
Leading research and scholarship that will solve the mental health problems of today and tomorrow, our work throughout psychology remains critical.
We can help the community and provide valuable experiences to our students. That’s a guiding principle of not just Teachers College, but also the Dean Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services, directed by Dinelia Rosa. At the Center, our students and their mentors offer affordable mental health therapy, support groups and more to the public while gaining practicum experience in a multidisciplinary setting.
Dean Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services
Nearly 3K Appointments in 2022
In-Person and Via Telehealth
Our work supporting the mental health of children became evermore relevant with the beginning of the Russian-Ukraine War and further development of the migrant crisis domestically and across the world. As educators, school staff and parents navigate these challenges, our faculty are go-to experts in advising adults on how to best support children in coping with the world around them and improving school-based offerings for underserved students, including English language learners.
Understanding how psychology can help us dismantle racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination is a core component of the work happening at Teachers College.
As leading health officials and experts sounded the alarm on a dire mental health crisis among American youth – with addiction, depression and suicide rates on the rise — TC faculty were at the forefront for guiding discourse, research and solutions.
TC is committed to fostering the sustainable values we wish to see in the world. Notable efforts include:
Public health is our health, and the pandemic reaffirmed that TC’s intersectional approach to problem solving is critical to improving wellness outcomes for everyone.
Teachers College faculty, students and alumni, in partnership with New York City officials, are driving food policy change in New York through the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education and Policy. In 2022, the center welcomed their new director, alumna Jennifer W. Cadenhead and collaborated on a report analyzing the NYC Department of Education’s response to food access needs during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a year marked by the tragic Uvalde shooting and numerous others, our faculty specializing in gun violence research were particularly critical to the ongoing conversation. Sonali Rajan, Associate Professor of Health Education, and Research Professor Louis Klarevas published findings that include a set of recommendations to policymakers in the Los Angeles Times. The College’s place at the forefront continues with Rajan’s appointment as the first president of a new research society dedicated to investigating the issue.
TC’s Neurorehabilitation Lab continued to work with underserved communities in Harlem and Washington Heights to conduct critical health screenings to support the early detection of conditions like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s. Led by Lori Quinn, Professor of Movement Science and Kinesiology, the Lab also collaborated with Black patients and families coping with Parkinson’s disease to publish an illustrated guide that supports early detection and racial inclusion within the field.
A new $2.5 million grant will fund research co-led by Carol Hammer, Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Vice Dean for Research, which will create a training program for the parents of children with language disorders to support their development. These efforts build upon Hammer’s ongoing work to improve the experiences and outcomes of children with communication disorders, including her focus on eliminating educational disparities among young dual-language learners.
Teachers College faculty convened with colleagues at Columbia University and Barnard College in the fall as part of a networking event to facilitate collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects and proposals that seek major funding. Seven TC faculty members presented on research areas related to their expertise — ranging from racial literacy development to curbing gun violence.
The first in-person student orientation in three years welcomed more than 800 new students to campus, while 900 others joined online. Programming emphasized student support resources to help the newest members of the TC community embrace student pathways to success.
To provide more support to student-parents, the Office of Graduate Student Life and Development welcomed more than 60 parents and children to campus for a day of family-friendly educational activities and fun. Resources to support student-parents also include the recent establishment of a Student-Parent Coordinator.
As part of the College-wide celebration of First Generation Student Week, the Office of Graduate Student Life and Development hosted numerous opportunities for first gen students to build community and access special resources designed to help cultivate future success.
Established in Fall 2022, Student Support & Advocacy (SSA) provides a case management approach to support students experiencing a crisis and needing support. Crises may include academic distress, financial insecurity, emotional distress, or other challenges that students face where they would benefit from support and resources to be successful at TC.
~201 graduate student life events
new students paired with Student Life Ambassadors to help them acclimate to the graduate school experience
of students referred met directly with Student Support and Advocacy
new employers added to the TC network
We’re in service to our world, working with TC students to push for culturally-inclusive changes to history curriculum, and offering sustainability education and advocacy opportunities to local youth. At Teachers College Community School, which celebrated its 11th year in 2022, we’re continuing to expand curriculum support through rich new partnerships such as the NYC Philharmonic Schools program.
The Teachers College community came together to celebrate and support students, faculty and alumni who are the first in their families to attend college or graduate school. While raising funds to support student scholarships, we built community in-person and online through sharing our stories of challenges and triumphs.
Engagement, service, and generosity defined the first-ever TC Impact Day, during which our community members rallied together to support causes and efforts that build a smarter, healthier, more equitable world.
$393,151 Raised for TC
1,857 Books Donated to TC Partner Schools
1,237 #TCImpactDay Shares
331 Alumni Volunteers
100+ Jobs Posted to TC Next
This year's Impact Day takes place on March 29! Visit tcimpactday.org to explore all the ways to get involved and amplify the impact of Teachers College.
Our efforts to engage alumni throughout the world included a special presentation of the 2022 Alumni Awards at this year’s State of the College to recognize individuals who have made visionary contributions to education, health and the human condition.
Teachers College is on the road again. Last summer, members of the TC community received a guided tour of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art from TC alumna and education director of MASS MoCA Laura Dickerson Thompson. After a luncheon with President Bailey, participants embraced their creative environment and participated in a hands-on activity for an afternoon of fun.
~94k alumni living in all 50 States and 155 countries
Meaningful progress is created together — a truth highlighted by the TC community’s accomplishments during 2022. Through the engagement of our faculty, students, staff, donors and alumni, we are together making tangible strides towards TC’s daring vision for greater equity around the world.
TC’s work isn’t easy, and yet, this past year further underscored exactly why it is so critical. Time and time again, heartbreaking news asked all of us to contend with the racial violence and bigotry that still plagues our world. Teachers and education leaders navigated challenging circumstances related to how to best prepare students for the complexities ahead with limited resources. Health professionals wrestled with the continued fall-out of the pandemic and the exacerbated inequities across resources and outcomes, while psychologists and researchers warned of a new peak for mental health struggles.
Our steadfast community rose to the occasion, with alumni and friends volunteering to support TC students in their pursuit of solutions to these very challenges. Scholarships will enable the next generation of individuals who can make a real difference, including future teachers committed to serving New York City public schools and doctoral students pursuing advancements in STEM education, economic policy and international education equity. Supporting students through the development of new resources also remained critical, with the commitment of our community expanding dance education to support opportunities for additional research and community partnerships.
Through civic engagement opportunities, we offered ways for our community members to learn more and take action around key issues such as student debt and gun violence prevention. With the support of our forward-thinking donors, the College exceeded our fundraising goal and raised $38.5 million — the second-highest year on record since 2018 — while 4,096 supported TC through their generosity, volunteerism and participation in our community. Whether making a donation small or large, volunteering, or tapping into the College’s expertise and offerings to continue our own growth, our collective participation uplifted the work in our community as we continue to ascend towards our shared vision for a better world.
Every action counts, and it is the enthusiastic drive from every corner of our community that keeps us reaching new heights. Together, we are stronger, and I’m excited for the milestones ahead.
Kelly S. Moody
The Arnhold Dance Education Research Studios — funded by a $5 million gift from Jody Gottfried Arnhold (M.A. ’73), John Arnold, and the Arnhold Foundation — will advance research and teaching in dance education, forging new paths in PK-12 education, the preparation of teachers, and the shaping of future educational leadership and policy. It will also foster collaborative projects with community groups and cultural partners that will aim to benefit children, families, and public schools. Projected for completion during the spring 2024 term, the Studios will build upon the dance education doctoral program established by the Arnholds, who have now donated $15 million for these efforts, as well as TC’s Arnhold Institute for Dance Education Research, Policy and Leadership.
Through the Priscilla Wohlstetter Faculty Mentoring Award, the College recognizes faculty members who have successfully mentored students throughout their academic, professional and personal journeys. Citing her own love for cultivating relationships with students, Wohlstetter — Distinguished Research Professor Emerita — established the award to inspire more faculty toward excellence in mentoring and demonstrates her commitment to fostering robust mentorship at the College.
When you support the TC Fund (with a gift of any size making a difference), you help support all aspects of the College, including our world-class faculty, student financial aid, groundbreaking research, socially-responsible programs and curricula, and much more. That’s why Rocky Schwarz (M.A. ’80, M.Ed. ’82) has given annually for decades amid his work at the College’s Business Center — a tradition that Schwarz considers a “vote of confidence” in the future impact of TC’s students in their respective fields.
Supporting doctoral students throughout their course of study yields positive impact through what they will discover and the lives they will change. An active member of the TC community, Gary Lee (M.A. ’00) is supporting doctoral students on this journey through his creation of endowed fellowships to honor his grandparents. During his time at TC, Lee studied closely with President Bailey, and his commitment to participating in the College’s global network has remained steadfast.
"Several teachers had a great impact on my life, and they shaped my desire to become an educator. Teachers College honed my skills in working with students, and ultimately, this journey led me to become Professor Emerita of Mathematics at John Jay College and a leader in my field. I give to TC because I want to ensure that the love of teaching is nurtured in the leaders of tomorrow; the demands on teachers are great, but the need for teachers is even greater. Thank you to our Teachers College students who will be making an impact on others for decades to come."
Lily Christ (Ed.D ’67, Mathematics Education)
$38.5 million raised
359 new donors
$13,117,250.39 raised for financial aid
8 new endowed scholarships
2022 marked an exciting year for leadership developments at the College. Last fall, the Teachers College Board of Trustees elected Leslie Morse Nelson as its new Chair. Nelson, a longtime supporter of the College and a member of the Board since 2010, succeeds William “Bill” Dodge Rueckert, who will continue to serve on the Board and as Chair Emeritus.
Earlier in 2022, the Board of Trustees announced the five-year extension of Thomas R. Bailey’s presidency, effective July 1, 2023. The unanimous board approval followed President Bailey’s numerous achievements since his appointment in 2018, including new initiatives focused on strengthening research, the student experience, digital innovation, and diversity, equity and inclusion at the College.
Leslie Morse Nelson, Chair
Lee C. Bollinger
Denise Glyn Borders
Laura E. Butzel
George J. Cigale
Geoffrey J. Colvin
Joyce B. Cowin
Nancy Rauch Douzinas
Helen Kahng Jaffe
Linford L. Lougheed
Eduardo J. Marti
William D. Rueckert, Chair Emeritus
Marla L. Schaefer
Nancy K. Simpkins
Camilla M. Smith
Joshua N. Solomon
Milbrey “Missie” Rennie Taylor
Timothy C. Wentworth
Bruce G. Wilcox
Cory A. Booker
James P. Comer
Ruth L. Gottesman
Antonia M. Grumbach
Marjorie L. Hart
Elliot S. Jaffe
A. Clark Johnson Jr.
Thomas H. Kean
Roland M. Machold
Enid W. Morse
J. Richard Munro
Jeffrey M. Peek
Charles O. Prince III
E. John Rosenwald Jr.
Donald M. Stewart
Sue Ann Weinberg
James G. Best
Jinny M. Goldstein
Debra S. Heinrich
Mariam S. Korangy
Thomas L. Rogers
Christina Capodilupo Schwefel
Carmine Gibaldi (M.A. ‘83, M.Ed. ‘87, Ed.D. ‘89), President
Brian Kennerly (M.A. ‘92), President-Elect
Philip Geiger (M.A. ‘72, M.Ed. ‘73, Ed.D. ‘81), Immediate Past President
Jane Brown (M.A. ‘10), Secretary
Joanne Choi (M.A. ‘20), Young Alumni & Student Engagement Committee Co-Chair
Patricia Davies (M.A. ‘04), Regional and Affinity Groups Committee Co-Chair
Itewari Ekpebu (Bryan) (M.A. ‘11), Member-At-Large
Ryan Hata (M.A. ‘19), Young Alumni & Student Engagement Committee Co-Chair
Allan Hoffman (M.A. ‘73, Ed.D. ‘75), Regional and Affinity Group Committee Co-Chair
Delmy Lendof (Ed.D. ‘13), Member-At-Large
Leticia Lyle (M.A. ‘11), Alumni Experience Committee Co-Chair
Chenya Song (M.A. ‘14), Alumni Experience Committee Co-Chair
Thomas Bailey, President
William J. Baldwin, Interim Provost, Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Tani Castañeda, Vice President for Enrollment Management
Katie Embree, Vice President for Planning and Strategy, Chief of Staff to the President, and Secretary of the College
Tamara Britt, Vice President and General Counsel
Kelly S. Moody, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Henry Perkowski, Vice President for Finance & Operations
Janice S. Robinson, Vice President for Diversity & Community Affairs
Lisa Seales, Vice President for Administration
The accompanying financial statements have been prepared on the accrual basis of accounting in accordance with standards established by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) for external reporting.