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Aug 02 2010

NYIT Appoints New Dean of the School of Health Professions

Dean, School of Health Professions

Old Westbury, N.Y. (August 2, 2010) – Patricia Chute, Ed.D., joins New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) today as the new dean of its School of Health Professions. She comes to NYIT after serving as the dean of New York-based Mercy College’s School of Health and Natural Sciences. With more than 20 years of experience as an educator, administrator, and audiology specialist, Dr. Chute says that NYIT’s global presence, access-oriented mission, and focus on professional education attracted her to the university and her new role.

“As dean, I plan on establishing a collaborative environment with faculty to ensure that they have the most current pedagogical approaches to teaching and curriculum,” says Dr. Chute. “I want to develop programs and support mechanisms that help students maximize their potentials as future health professionals. I will also be reaching out to alumni and other potential partners for assistance in supporting our students academically, clinically, and financially. My primary goal here is to continue to make the programs here at NYIT and the School of Health Professions among the most distinctive and innovative in the world.”

Dr. Chute also brings a new vision to the School of Health Professions that she calls “Project HEAL,” which stands for Health Education Across the Lifespan. HEAL’s goal is to foster quality health education to NYIT students while providing health care education to consumers through community outreach. She also plans to develop a global strategic plan that will offer students and alumni opportunities to provide medical assistance in underserved countries.

“I am very impressed with Dr. Chute's academic experience, exemplary communication skills, and her vision for the School of Health Professions,” says Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., vice president for health sciences and medical affairs at NYIT. “We are all excited about the future of these programs under her very able and innovative leadership.”

In her new role, Dr. Chute will oversee 43 faculty, and 585 graduate and undergraduate students in clinical nutrition, mental health counseling, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and physician assistant studies.

Dr. Chute holds an Ed.D. in audiology from Teachers College at Columbia University as well as a master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology and a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from CUNY Hunter College. She is an expert in audiology, specializes in cochlear implants, and has travelled extensively throughout the world to offer medical assistance to hearing impaired children and adults.

Dr. Chute served on Mercy College’s faculty beginning in 2000, first as associate professor and then as professor and chair before becoming interim dean and dean of the school. She has also served on the faculties at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, University of Florida, Iona College, and Lehman College. She has provided consulting services throughout the world, and currently holds leadership and board positions at the New York School for the Deaf, Deafness Research Foundation, and Cochlear Implants International.

NYIT’s School of Health Professions offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in clinical nutrition, mental health counseling, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and physician assistant studies. The school’s world-renowned faculty are leading the way in groundbreaking research in nutrition, Parkinson’s disease, DNA, and the treatment of MRSA, as well as leading interdisciplinary programs at NYIT’s Center for Global Health.

About NYIT
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in more than 90 fields of study, including architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has more than 15,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. Led by President Edward Guiliano, NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, 85,000 students have graduated from NYIT. For more information, visit nyit.edu.

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