Pace University Centers and Institutes
Academic Centers and Institutes
Center for Ethical Thinking - Director Dr. Ilan Safit
The Center for Ethical Thinking at Pace University, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, offers an ongoing discussion on a variety of issues taken from an ethical point of view. We regard Ethics as a “First Philosophy,” a starting and defining point for philosophical thinking and a prism through which a worldview unfolds. Hence, at the Center, we pose the question of responsibility, both as a question in itself and as a way to approach social, political, and academic issues.
The Center for Community Action and Research at Dyson College– Director Dr. Mary Ann Murphy
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 Center for Undergraduate Research Experiences in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences– Director Dr. Maria Iacullo-Bird
Provides leadership, coordination and support to student-faculty research collaborations, grant-funded research projects and programs, and opportunities for service learning. CURE is part of Dyson’s efforts to innovatively enhance the quality of the undergraduate experience. A the same time CURE also evolved from Pace University’s membership in the Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR), a national organization of over 900 colleges and universities whose mission is to “support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.”
The Dyson Children’s 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- Drs. Ronald K. Frank and Joseph Tse-Hei Lee
CEAS currently offers a Minor in East Asian Studies. This Minor provides the 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.
- Confucius Institute at Pace University– Dr. Weihua Niu
The Confucius Institute at Pace University is dedicated to providing first-class Chinese language and cultural education, resources, and services to meet the needs of people from all backgrounds. We want to help people explore their interests in Chinese civilization, open a new window for those who seek future opportunities for learning, growth, and career, and to build cultural understanding in order to co-exist peacefully in a globalized, multicultural society. Contact: Dr. Weihua Niu
Edwin G. Michaelian Institute for Public Policy and Management– Dr. Farrokh Hormozi
Provides research and training in the public and nonprofit sectors.
Environmental Center Director Angelo Spillo- Reports to Chair of Biology Dept
The Environmental Center is an educational center dedicated to guiding people of all ages to a lifestyle which is in close harmony with our natural environment. The Environmental Center serves as a resource to Pace and outside community. It serves as a resource to Pace and the outside community. The center emphasizes Pace's commitment to a philosophy of environmental education, and the layout provides students with opportunities for hands-on field studies.
Institute of Latin American Service and Studies – Dr. Daniel Greenberg
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 - Director Robert Chapman
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.
Center for Religious Studies
The Center for Religious Studies of The Dyson College of Arts and Sciences offers scholarly lectures and discussions on all aspects of world religious thought and practice. The programs of the Center are free and open to all faculty, students, and members of the surrounding community.
The Society of Fellows of Dyson College– Dr. Adelia Williams
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 - Dr. Adelia Williams
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 a general education that fosters a community of learners among faculty and students. The Center will assist faculty in creating, developing, and teaching innovative Core courses that: incorporate interactive learning methodologies; are focused on student learning outcomes; foster critical thinking skills; and link content, pedagogy, competencies, collaborative learning, and reflection. The Center’s activities include: seminars, workshops, discussions, teaching circles, conferences, and co-sponsored programs with groups interested in strengthening the general education experience of all Pace students.
Vera Lex - Director Harold Brown
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.
Laboratories and Facilities
Center for Fine Arts (PLV) – Professor Robert Klaeger
Facilities for the fine arts are found in three of the earliest structures on the Pleasantville campus. The main offices and studios are in Paton House. Built in 1868, the uncut fieldstone and timber building houses classrooms and studios for design, painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture. Coggoshall Barn, built in 1916, houses ceramics studios and kilns. The Pace University Gallery is in Choate House, which dates from 1867. Additional facilities for dance and theater are located on the Briarcliff campus. All serve the general student population with courses and exhibitions and provide a center for majors in studio art.
Communications Center (PLV) - Professor Robert Klaeger
Students in the Media, Communications, and Visual Arts programhave access to the state-of-the-art Communications Center, equipped with professional digital equipment such as Canon XLH-1 high definition video cameras. Students edit video on AVID and Final Cut Studio systems. Audio is recorded and edited digitally. Film classes take advantage of the screening room which features digital video projection and a 92” screen. The facility was completed in 2001 and features digital video and audio recording equipment. The lab is located in Willcox Hall on the Pleasantville campus.
Dyson Hall of Science - Dr. Richard Schlesinger
The Dyson Hall of Science includes Biology and Health Sciences, Chemistry and Physical Science laboratories, an Environmental Science Suite which incorporates teaching and research facilities for both undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental and earth science, a gallery mall, conference room, library, and gathering areas for students and faculty, as well as modern experimentation equipment. A major renovation of the Dyson Hall of Science, supported in part by a $5 million grant from the Dyson Foundation, was completed in the fall 2010. Continuing the late Charles H. Dyson’s legacy to Pace University, the grant was announced in February 2007 by Charles Dyson’s son, Robert R. Dyson, Chairman and CEO of Dyson-Kissner-Moran and President of the Dyson Foundation. Dyson Hall, as well as Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, were named in honor of alumnus and former Pace Trustee, Charles H. Dyson. The project is also supported by a New York State Higher Education Capital Grant for $1.8 million.
Dyson Multimedia Language Laboratory (NYC) – Dr. Iride Lamartina-Lens
Located in W611 on the New York City campus, the lab is used by speech, modern languages, and English as a second language (ESL) classes. Equipped with the latest in technology and networking, the laboratory contains laser discs, CD ROMs, VHS, and digitized video/audio, which are electronically controlled from the teacher station in conjunction with the student stations. Each station includes two headsets with microphones and tape recorders. Students can record their sessions (with the source coming from the computer, teacher, or their own voice) and then take their tapes home with them.
Emil Froeschels Speech and Hearing Center (NYC)
The center offers diagnosis and treatment of speech and language disorders. These services are provided through a regularly scheduled course for students attending Pace University. Members of the family of a Pace student who avail themselves of this service are charged on a sliding fee scale. The center is located on the New York City campus, and facilities include a waiting room, administrative office, two-room soundproofed hearing testing suite, sound-treated therapy rooms, a conference room, equipment room, and a laboratory/classroom. Major equipment includes hearing testing instruments, tape recorders, materials for testing and therapy for a variety of communication disturbances, and materials for research and instruction.
Haskins Laboratories (NYC)- Director Nigel Yarlett
Haskins Laboratoriesis an outgrowth of a 40-year-old institution founded for interdisciplinary research in biology. The biology group of Haskins Laboratories moved to Pace in 1970 and, since 1977, has been fully incorporated into the University. Students at Pace, with the approval of members of the laboratories and of the chair of the departments of biological sciences or chemistry and physical sciences, may engage in professional-level research, primarily in the ecology, biochemistry, and molecular biology, and pharmacology of protozoan parasites. This research has probable applications in medicine, genomics/proteomics, and biochemistry. Haskins is housed on the New York City campus.
Joseph J. Miranne Jr. Communications Center (NYC)
The communication center is a three-room complex consisting of two studio/classrooms and a central control room. The center, located in New York, is a fully equipped audio-video recording and playback facility. It is used for the recording of performances of students in speech communication classes.
Schaeberle Studio Theater (NYC) – Professor Jorge Cacheiro
The theater is a flexible-seating rehearsal/performance space used as a laboratory for student performance work. Technically equipped for public performance, it is also used as the principal space for acting, movement, and lighting laboratories.
Thomas J. McShane Center Reports to Wade Pickren- Chair of Psychology NYC
The McShane Center for Psychological Services, located on the New York City campus, offers a broad range of psychological services to community residents, Pace staff, faculty and their families. Individual psychotherapy, biofeedback, stress management, and the Parent-Infant Program are just a few of the services provided. Fees are set on a sliding scale based on an individual or family financial situation. Students in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences graduate psychology programs complete their required practice at the center.
· ALPS (Advancing Leadership, Partnerships, and Scholarship)– Director Sophie Kaufman
The ALPS Center is dedicated to supporting the academic mission of the College through external funding, facilitation of faculty scholarship, student opportunities, partnerships, and leadership development. The Center provides opportunities for faculty to develop their scholarship in education, research and practice through a variety of partnerships at the local, national, and international levels, and access to internal and external funding. The Center facilitates student-centered learning experiences that further enhance the high quality professional education of College of Health Professions students to prepare them to embrace the professional challenges in health care in the 21st Century. The Center promotes leadership development in nursing and health care.
- Center for Global Governance, Reporting, and Regulation– Executive Director John Alan James
sponsors research and discussion on the development and implementation of global financial reporting standards, regulatory compliance and governance. It also develops programs to develop proficiencies and expertise in these areas and hosts conferences and events on relevant topics featuring leaders in these fields.
- The Center for Global Business Programs (CGBP)- Executive Director John Meletiadis
builds Lubin's relationships with international educational institutes and non-government and business organizations. The mission of the CGBP is to enhance the global capabilities of Lubin students and faculty by providing opportunities for international academic and professional experiences of the highest quality, facilitating global-centered learning, and supporting applied international research.
- The Global Portfolio Analysis Center (G-PACT)– Director Plachikkat V. Viswanath
promotes the use of real data, both numerical and descriptive, as well as the description/demonstration of real processes in the curriculum of Lubin. The Center provides students and faculty with access to financial datafeeds, as well as other firm-specific information necessary for the evaluation of financial securities, as well as of the entities that issue them.
- The Center for Professional Education in Accounting and Financial Planning(Not in the Lubin School of Business. A few years ago this was transferred to Mr. Keating’s area)
encompasses the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Program, the Financial Planning Certificate Program, and CPA and CFP Review Programs. The FP program offers courses in fundamentals of financial planning, insurance planning, investment planning, income tax planning, retirement planning and employee benefits, and estate planning. The Center also assists CPAs in meeting mandatory CPE requirements.
- The William C. Freund Center for the Study of Securities Markets(Dean Neil Braun is currently reassessing this Center)
has strengthened the ties between Lubin and Wall Street by providing a dynamic forum for the discussion of industry issues related to financial markets.
- The Small Business Development Center (SBDC)– Director Ira Davidson
was established at Pace University in October of 1986 to assist existing small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs as part of the Lubin School's economic development program.
- Entrepreneurship @ Lubin– Director Bruce Bachenheimer
has been a fundamental orientation within the curriculum of innovative courses specific to the entrepreneurial experience. The significance of entrepreneurial studies is evidenced in the nationally accredited core curricula offered by the Lubin School and its curricular and co-curricular programs.
- The Center for Teaching and Research in Autism – Director Mary Riggs Cohen as of 01/01/2012
Coinciding with the opening of the TARA Center, Pace was Awarded a grant from the United States Department of Education to provide post-graduate training for teachers of students with autism in January 2006.
- The Center for Literacy Enrichment - Director Sr St john Delaney
Located in White Plains, NY, the Center for Literacy is staffed by certified reading and ESL teachers and has provided literacy instruction for more than 25 years.
Center for Continuing Legal EducationDirector Kathy Carlisle
Founded to train practicing attorneys to better serve their clients and communities, Pace Center for Continuing Legal Education (CCLE) trains hundreds of attorneys each year in local and national topics ranging from substantive legal issues and trial skills to legal writing and office management. Pace CCLE also maintains an Internet site designed for attorneys’ research and continuing legal education needs. Serving primarily the small and solo practitioner, Pace CCLE stands as an example of how Pace University School of Law has truly become a law center for the legal community.
Center for Environmental Legal Studies- Director Lin Harmon
Under the auspices of the Pace Center for Environmental Legal Studies, candidates for the JD, LLM and SJD have the opportunity to work directly with Pace Law professors on advanced environmental law research and law reform. Since its inception in 1982, the Center has developed programs in Energy Law, International Environmental Law, and a Long Island Sound Project.
Energy and Climate Center (formerly the Energy Project)Director Franz Litz
Founded in 1987 by Dean Emeritus Richard L. Ottinger, a former member of Congress, the center, led by Executive Director James Van Nostrand, plays a leading role in a national coalition of environmental and consumer advocates who are working to create win-win energy policy solutions for America's economy and environment.
Land Use Law Center- Director John Nolan
The Land Use Law Center engages law students in understanding and explaining how best to develop and conserve the land. The Center draws on its staff of experts and law students to train local officials in New York State to take an enlightened and balanced approach to shaping land use policies and regulations. Pace Law students work as full-fledged legal associates with responsibility for research projects, publications, outreach, community services, project management and technology.
Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies -Director Michelle D. Land
At Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, we teach, we train, we innovate, we collaborate. A freestanding institute within the Office of the Provost, Pace Academy is a university-wide initiative to renew and deepen Pace’s time-honored commitment to environmental research, scholarship, and service. Through courses, visiting fellows, faculty scholars and other programs, Pace Academy provides students and faculty the learning, research, and service opportunities that advance a mutually enhancing relationship between nature and society. Pace Academy also spearheaded the formation of, and serves as the headquarters for, the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities.
Public Interest Law Center- Director Jennifer Friedman
The Public Interest Law Center is administered by the Center for Career Development at Pace Law School. The Public Interest Law Center (“PILC”) was founded to centralize Pace Law School’s public interest components and to provide counseling, resources and opportunities for our students and alumni interested in public interest work.
Theodore W. Kheel Center on the Resolution of Environmental Interest DisputesCo-Directors Tiffany Zezula & Jessica Bacher
The Kheel Center is administered by the Land Use Law Center at Pace Law School. It is dedicated to developing a new practice area for attorneys in resolving environmental and land use conflicts. The Center works on environmental interest conflicts of critical importance to communities, states, regions, and nations that require innovative resolution strategies and forums.
Women's Justice Center- Director Jane Aoyama-Martin
The Women's Justice Center represents victims of domestic violence, including battered women, the elderly, women with low income and victims of sexual assault. The Center not only represents hundreds of clients, but also creates and disseminates new techniques for legal intervention and trains dozens of law students and thousands of judges, attorneys and others who work to eradicate injustice for women.
Brazil-American Institute for Law and Environment (BAILE) – Director David Cassuto
Through the Brazil-American Institute for Law and Environment (BAILE), Pace Law School offers a unique combination of classroom and field training. Each year, students travel to Brazil to experience the environmental issues they have studied in the classroom first hand.
Institute of International Commercial LawDirector Vikki Rogers & Faculty Liaison - Prof Darren Rosenbaum
The Institute is a center for research on the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG), which governs the commercial transactions among the majority of the world's trading nations. The Institute supports the Pace CISG Database, founded the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, and co-sponsors the Clive M. Schmitthoff International Essay Competition.
Real Estate Law Institute(No Longer an Institute)
The Real Estate Law Institute is a program of the Land Use Law Center. The Center's mission is to produce law school graduates who are practice ready and to serve the educational needs of practitioners, the private sector, governmental officials, and citizen leaders involved in real estate development, land use, and natural resource conservation.
- The Center for the Advancement of Formal Methods Education– Professor & Chair Sotiris Skevoulis
Advancing the Computer Science Curriculum at the Undergraduate Level.The Center has as one of its primary goals the study and development of innovative approaches and tools to promote the integration of formal methods into academia. Currently, the Center carries out a number of projects which are focused on innovative approaches to teaching a formal methods using a number of research prototype tools. The Center also aims at pioneering an innovative methodology that will increase the effectiveness of the learning experience by introducing the use of mechanized approaches in teaching formal methods
- The Information Assurance Center Director Dr. Narayan Murthy
Pace's Information Assurance Education and Research Center was developed to explore computer vulnerabilities with the objective of improving prevention and detection techniques through research.
- The Pervasive Computing Lab Co-Directed by Dr. Charles Tappertand Dr. Sung-Hyuk Cha
Pervasive computing goes beyond the realm of today's personal computer to ubiquitous devices that are becoming smaller and more powerful with embedded technology and connectivity. It concerns the idea that almost any device, from clothing to appliances to cars to homes and to the human body, can be imbedded with chips to connect the device to an infinite network of other devices. Pervasive computing combines current network and wireless technologies with progressively smaller computing devices, voice recognition, artificial intelligence, and Internet capability, to create an environment where the connectivity is unobtrusive and always available
- The Robotics Lab Supervised by Dr. P. Benjamin
The Robotics Lab research project focuses on building and testing the ADAPT robot cognitive architecture based on the Soar cognitive architecture. Check out some video clips. We are also building intelligent agents for network security and intrusion detection. Please feel free to browse around to find out more about our work.
- Computer Forensics Lab Dr. Darren Hayes
Code Detectives is a computer forensics consortium, based at Pace University, New York. The mission of our organization is to be a free resource for law enforcement and computer forensics professionals preventing, investigating and prosecuting criminal activity. We also seek to support those in academia who are faithfully equipping our nation's students with the technical, ethical and legal education that they need to grow.
- Seidenberg Creative Labs–
at Pace University is a ‘collaboratory’and co-creation platform that brings talented people together to design products, applications, games, Web sites and other useful and interesting digital products for society. Initiated by Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Seidenberg Creative Labs is a place where developers, designers, software engineers, usability specialists, digital artists and others who use computers as their primary medium can interact with other scientists, artists, writers, law students, business students and others to create real world products as well as follow their entrepreneurial instincts. Under the direction of Assistant Dean Jonathan Hill and faculty from Pace’s constituent schools, Seidenberg Creative Labs teams have built Web Sites, apps and technology solutions for Partners including the Lower Manhattan Marketing Association, New York Water Taxi, The Rockland County Alliance for Health, New York Law School and the SKAL Club of New York.
· Cyber Security institute- Dr. Bell Ragad
· Seidenberg Institute for Computing Innovation– Dr. Lixin Tao
· Mobile Computing Lab – Dr. Christelle Scharf(Site pending)
University Wide Centers & Institutes
· The Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship - Dr. Rebecca Tekula, Executive Director
was created in 2005 to serve the nonprofit community and Pace University. Devoted to honing the risk-taking spirit and managerial skills of nonprofit organizations, the center was launched with a pledge of $5 million from Helene and Grant Wilson, Boston-area entrepreneurs and philanthropists whose involvement with nonprofit organizations has convinced them that more-entrepreneurial management can help these organizations increase their impact.
· The English Language Institute(ELI), Prof. Brian Hickey, Director
Pace University offers students, visitors, and immigrants the opportunity to improve their English skills for academic study, career advancement, or personal enrichment through a variety of programs. ELI instructors are experienced, dedicated to their students, and have master’s degrees. As an ELI student at Pace, you will have access to all University facilities, including libraries, computer labs, cafeterias, sports centers, medical and counseling services, and the International Students Office.
· The Center for Teaching, Learning, & Technology (CTLT), Dr. James Stenerson, Director
founded as the Center for Instructional Technology (CIT), was created to bring together a number of existing faculty development programs under a new office, which at the time were, the CIT, the Center for Faculty Development, the Faculty Resource Network, and the Teaching, Learning and Technology Roundtable. By uniting all these resources into one, faculty are able to find help all in one location.
New York State Judicial Institute
The New York State Judicial Institute is a 52-week-a -year center for education and research designed to enhance the quality of the courts of the New York State Unified Court System, and ensure that the New York State judiciary sets the standard for judicial excellence around the country. To ensure that the judiciary remains current on developments in the law as well as other disciplines that influence the law, the Institute focuses its programs on emerging trends and cutting-edge issues. The Institute fosters a "think-tank" atmosphere to help judges fashion solutions to issues facing the justice system. The Institute provides a framework for fostering a dialogue between the Judiciary, the practicing bar, and the public.