Dean's Message

  Nira Herrmann
    Nira Herrmann

Our Promise

As we all look forward to the promise of the spring season and commencement, Dyson College looks forward to the start of a new doctoral program and innovations in the classroom that are in sync with the future of higher education. As you can see in this newsletter, we are committed to our promise to deliver advancements to our degree programs that are relevant to today’s world.

Pace University is now a PhD-granting institution! Dyson College is very proud to announce the new doctor of philosophy in mental health counseling program on our Pleasantville, NY campus. This ground-breaking program is the only doctoral degree in New York that is specific to the profession of mental health counseling, where Pace has been a leader since 1992 when it established one of the state’s first MS in substance abuse counseling programs (now the MS in counseling degree). Notably, as part of that process, the University also earned an amendment to its charter and will be able to offer PhD degrees in the future.

In this issue, you’ll read about how we are uniquely changing the way we engage students in the classroom. Associate Professor Marcy Kelly, who is an early implementer of Vision and Change, a call to action by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Science Foundation, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to transform the way undergraduate biology is taught, has developed a novel method that will have you talking about it!

Dyson’s commitment to advancing the quality of education in today’s world is tangible. For instance, our Dyson Day provides a forum to exchange ideas, present innovative models, and establish a dialogue for academicians and professionals from the fields of the arts and the sciences. This year’s agenda focused on innovations in higher education and brought in keynote speaker Anant Agarwal, PhD, who discussed how education is being reinvented. Agarwal is president and founder of edX, an online learning venture making online education a possibility for millions of students worldwide.

We were pleased to officially move into our new space at 140 William Street, New York City, where the performing arts students now learn in an expansive seven-story building that includes classrooms; acting, movement, dance and television studios; costume and design shops; a computer aided design (CAD) lab; and multiple performance spaces. Please look for more information about the upcoming dedication event on September 30, 2013.

Dyson’s promise to our students is to continue to bring innovative, relevant programs, learning environments, and teaching methods to all our courses of study; it’s a promise that motivates us every day to provide students the tools they need for success.

Best wishes,

Nira Herrmann

Nira Herrmann, PhD
Dean, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences