Academic Centers and Institutes

Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment
The mission of the Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment (DCISE) is to bring together faculty, students and programs throughout the University that involve the environment and sustainability issues. The Institute functions as a dynamic academic center and resource for the Pace community and also engages members of the external community who are concerned about environmental issues.

The Center for Community Action and Research at Dyson College
A dynamic program of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences that is designed to get students involved in community service during their years at Pace and throughout their lifetime. Through service-learning courses developed by faculty and the center, students have the chance to apply course work in a volunteer setting.

The Dyson Childrens Institute
The Children’s Institute of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences was founded in September 1992 in order to help improve the lives of children, particularly in Westchester and New York City. It supports a variety of individual and collaborative projects, service learning, and research projects that confront the needs and issues impacting children and their families.

Center for East Asian Studies

What is East Asia?
East Asia has been defined in many different ways, but traditionally China, Korea, and Japan have been considered the core civilizations, sharing intellectual and aesthetic values derived from a Confucian heritage. Through continuous interaction and exchange of technologies, goods, and ideas, the East Asian region has been linked to the cultures of Mongolia, Tibet, and India.

What does the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) offer?
CEAS currently offers a major in Global Asia Studies and a minor in East Asian Studies. The Global Asia Studies major is a 36-credit double-track multidisciplinary program. Students follow either an Asian languages and cultures track or a Comparative Asian studies track. 

This program is unique because of its emphasis on interdisciplinary learning, global literacy, and career preparation. It explores Asia’s global connectivity from the past to the present, surveying the core cultures in East Asia, South Asia, and Inner Asia, and analyzing cross-cultural interactions both inside Asia and between Asian regions and the world.

Learn more about the Global Asia Studies major.

The 18-credit minor in East Asian Studies provides an opportunity to study the languages, history, and cultures of East Asia for both beginning students and those with a long-standing interest and/or personal roots in the area. Students gain a broad understanding of different East Asian societies from earliest times up to the present that complements a variety of majors and that can serve as a solid foundation for further specialized studies.

For more information about the East Asian Studies, please contact the co-directors:

Dr. Ronald K. Frank
(212) 346-1463
(914) 773-3458
Dr. Joseph Tse-Hei Lee
(212) 346-1827
Center for East Asian Studies
Department of History
Pace University
1 Pace Plaza, New York, 10038

Confucius Institute at Pace University
A center for chinese language and culture education.

Dyson College Center for the Arts, Society, and Ecology
The vision of the Dyson College Center for the Arts, Society and Ecology (CASE) at Pace University is to serve as a vibrant center of creative practices, programming and interdisciplinary exchange between students, faculty and external scholars.

Dyson College Nature Center
The Dyson College Nature Center is a focal point on Pace University’s Pleasantville campus and serves as a component of the Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment (DCISE) and resource for the overall university community, and the general public.The Nature Center’s primary objective is to promote general education and awareness around environmental and sustainability issues, including those connected to wildlife and livestock.

Edwin G. Michaelian Institute for Public Policy and Management
Provides research and training in the public and nonprofit sectors.

Institute of Latin American Service and Studies
Founded in 1994, the Institute of Latin American Service and Studies (ILASS) conceives and promotes a variety of activities involving on-site service learning in and relating to Latin America and the US Latino population. The ILASS also acts as a catalyst in the development of innovative Latin American curricula and organizes educational events featuring noted speakers and cultural figures. ILASS service learning or civic engagement programs send teams of Pace students and faculty to do volunteer work and learn about Latin social and economic underdevelopment in three South American countries: Argentina, Brazil and Peru. These programs are packaged as integrated travel/service learning courses; e.g., HIS 243, “Service and Study in Latin America.” A second, related area of activity was the development of the urban internship/theoretical seminar course, LAS 201, “Latin America, the Caribbean and the World.” Its network of non-profit agencies include Latin/Caribbean media, ethnic culture museums, city council barrio assistantships, Latin consulates-general, and regionally focused “think tanks.”

The Pace Institute for Environmental and Regional Studies
The Pace Institute for Environmental and Regional Studies (PIERS) provides leadership in the study of the complex interrelationships between human culture and nature, with special emphasis on the Hudson River bioregion and its diverse ecological, social and cultural values.

The Parent-Child Institute (PCI)
The Parent-Child Institute (PCI) at Pace University-New York City is an academic research institute located in lower Manhattan. The PCI has the goals of fostering research, providing advanced students with research experiences, offering presentations to academic and community organizations, and disseminating research findings.

The Society of Fellows of Dyson College
The Dyson Society of Fellows is the Honors Organization of the Dyson College. The Society of Fellows of Dyson College fosters undergraduate scholarship in the arts and sciences at Pace University by providing enriching experiences for students with outstanding academic ability. Participation and membership in the Society of Fellows affords students an opportunity to develop their intellect and display their talents in a variety of settings.

Straus Thinking and Learning Center
The Straus Thinking and Learning Center serves as an integral component of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences’ mission to provide all Pace students with an education that fosters a community of learners among faculty and students. The Center will assist faculty in creating, developing, and teaching innovative courses that: incorporate interactive learning methodologies; focus on student learning outcomes; foster critical thinking skills; and link content, pedagogy, competencies, collaborative learning, and reflection. The Center will work with faculty and students to develop electronic portfolios for advancing student success, deepening learning, highlighting effective outcomes assessment, and promoting high impact practices, such as writing enhanced courses, undergraduate research, capstone courses and learning communities. Activities include: seminars, workshops, discussions, teaching circles, conferences, and co-sponsored programs with groups interested in strengthening the liberal arts and sciences educational experience of all Pace students.

Dr. Linda Anstendig
Professor Emeritus
Director of Straus Thinking and Learning Center
Co-Director of ePortfolio Program


Vera Lex
Journal of the International Natural Law Society published by Pace University Press has brought together essays by a group of distinguished scholars from the disciplines of law, philosophy, and political science.