Ann Marie Klotz, Ed.D. Dean for Campus Life Office: Student Life Campus: Manhattan
Member of NYIT Since: 2014
Why work at NYIT?
I am a first-generation college student from Detroit, and I worked in Chicago for six years at another private institution, so I know firsthand how powerfully important higher education is for urban areas. NYIT is committed to preparing students in a globally competitive world, and I am really looking forward to the opportunity to work with students here. I am thrilled to work with known and respected leaders in our field like Patrick Love, vice president for student affairs, and Francy Magee, dean for campus life at NYIT-Old Westbury, among others, to advance NYIT's goals.
What are your job tasks in your new position?
I will work with all departments in the Office of Student Life at NYIT's Manhattan campus to support student success and advocacy. I will also work as part of the overall leadership team for NYIT's Division of Student Affairs.
What have been your proudest moments?
Two come to mind. First, I defended my dissertation in early April, and I'm proud of my research on women's leadership and making it through a challenging yet rewarding degree program. Second, I ran five half-marathons last year all in different states across the country. I try to always be training for a new race. It allows me the opportunity to see new places, and I usually run with my friends in different locations which makes it more fun!
Are you a member of any professional organizations?
I serve as the national co-chair for the Women in Student Affairs Knowledge Community through the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. I'm also a member of the American College Personnel Association.
What are your areas of expertise?
I have many areas of experience and passion. I have worked in housing and residential life for years as well as in college women's centers. Among my areas of focus and research are student retention, first-generation college students, fundraising, capacity-building in the workplace, women's career development, personal and professional branding, and social media.
Why did you choose your career path?
Like many students, I started college with one idea of what field I would go into after graduating and then ultimately chose another. I always thought I would be a lawyer, because I majored in political science as an undergraduate student. But I have found so much fulfillment in working on college campuses. We truly have the power to impact the student experience in such positive ways.
Who are your role models and why?
There are many, many people who have helped to shape me. I have been guided by former supervisors, advisors, mentors, sponsors, and friends like Deb-Schmidt Rogers (DePaul University), Cissy Petty, Ph.D. (Loyola University, New Orleans), Marlene Kowalski-Braun (Grand Valley State University), Teri Bump (American Campus Communities), and Norb Dunkel (University of Florida).
Name one thing about you that other people will be surprised to learn.
Hmm, I stopped eating red meat in the eighth grade after a friend bet me $5 that I couldn't go a week without eating it. And I never did again!
What are your hobbies or personal interests?
Running, blogging, yoga, traveling, musical theater, the ballet, and live music.
Anything else to add?
Stop by and say hello! I would love to meet students, staff, and faculty.
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