Meet the Provost Office Leadership & Staff

Meet the Provost Office Staff

Vice Provosts

Interim Vice Provost of Enrollment

Amy is responsible for the overall success in enrollment marketing, admissions, financial aid, and the registrar. She provides strategic direction and leadership while ensuring operations are running smoothly.

Amy was most recently the Dean of Enrollment Management at Manhattan School of Music and has a wealth of experience in the areas of admissions, financial aid, enrollment marketing, and communications, and the registrar.

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Katie Embree
Senior Vice Provost and Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Post-Secondary Education

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 Office of Teacher Education, 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 a BA with majors in Economics and Psychology at Drew University in 1988 and entered a management training program at Anchor Savings Bank.  Her first permanent placement after the training was in Internal Auditing.  She then moved to a small company that created and sold courses to prepare insurance agents for life or property and casualty state exams.  In 1993 she became a full-time student at Seton Hall University and received an MBA in Finance. Just after completing the MBA she started at Teachers College, as a student and full-time employee.  She earned a doctorate in Higher and Post-Secondary Education in 2001.

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Vice Dean for Research

Professor Carol Scheffner Hammer is the Vice Dean for Research, effective September 1, 2020.  As Vice Dean for Research, Carol will work with Teachers College faculty, students, staff, and administration to provide leadership on issues affecting our research environment.  She will have responsibility for optimizing the research infrastructure, supporting and growing faculty research, fostering interdisciplinary research efforts, and helping to lead the College’s research mission.   

Professor Hammer joined Teachers College’s Department of Biobehavioral Sciences in 2015 as Professor of Communication and Sciences Disorders and has been serving as Department Chair of BBS since January 2020.  Prior to joining Teachers College, she served as Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Temple University.


Read more about Professor Hammer's vision for research here

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Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs

Professor Marie Miville is the Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs, effective September 1, 2020.

As Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs, Dr. Miville will provide leadership in faculty development and initiatives that contribute to the strategic priorities of the College.  She will be responsible for leading efforts in faculty mentoring and career development; working with leadership and faculty to create and facilitate diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives; overseeing the development and review of policies and procedures relating to faculty appointments; and fostering a climate where our faculty can thrive.

Dr. Miville joined Teachers College in 2003 as Associate Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology and was promoted to Professor in 2016.  She is a leading scholar in her field, authoring two books and over 65 publications focused on social justice and multicultural issues in counseling and psychology.  Dr. Miville has held numerous significant academic administrative positions at TC, most recently as the College Ombudsperson (2019-2020) as well as Chair (2011-2017)/Co-Chair (2006-2009) of the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology.  In these latter roles, she facilitated the development of new programs, engaged in faculty assessment and workload management strategies, and provided guidance and resources for the faculty, students, and staff in her department.

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Thomas Rock
Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Dr. Thomas 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 was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship from the United States Department of State in 2018 and traveled to Japan as part of the Fulbright Scholarship Program.

Dr. Rock has over 25 years of experience in student affairs having worked in undergraduate and graduate admissions and enrollment management and graduate student affairs. In his role as Vice Provost for Student Affairs at TC, Dr. Rock oversees the administrative offices and staff that support students in their out-of-classroom experiences while enrolled at Teachers College. He also chairs the Psychological Emergency Response Team (PERT), the Student Code of Conduct Committee and is a member of the Title IX Team for Teachers College.

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).  His student affairs work has been at Teachers College, Columbia University (NY).

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Office Staff

Kira Grant
Associate Director of Academic Affairs

Kira's primary responsibilities include faculty personnel review administration, faculty recruitment oversight, Goldberg Postdoctoral Fellow recruitment, student worker management, and new faculty onboarding. She also supports the Faculty Development Advisory Committee. She received her M.A. from Teachers College in 2016.

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Phone: (212) 678-7416  

Lily Ngaruiya
Coordinator of Academic Affairs

Lily's key responsibilities include managing the Provost's calendar, facilitating research projects, and organizing Provost-sponsored meetings and programming.

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Phone: (212) 678-7404  

Katie Schmitt
Chief Administrator

Katie is the principal liaison and advisor to the Provost. Her key responsibilities include helping the Provost to identify strategic priorities, leading the implementation of initiatives, overseeing Provost Office policies and procedures, administering the office's budgets and finances, overseeing the Provost’s Office staff, and scheduling and coordinating all meetings of the Provost, determining the best use of time.

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Phone: (212) 678-3611

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