Meet the Academic Leadership Team
We are committed to three guiding principles in supporting the success of New York Tech's students, faculty, and the community at large:
- Our students' success is our success.
- Everyone's role is critical to optimizing the student experience.
- We are dedicated to continual learning and growth.
Francine Glazer serves as associate provost for educational innovation and is the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at New York Tech. She oversees the libraries, student life, international and experiential education, and career services. Prior to joining New York Tech in 2008, she was a professor of biological sciences at Kean University for 16 years.
A biologist by training, Glazer has been actively working with faculty members on issues of teaching and learning since 1993. Read more…
Francesca Fiore serves as interim associate provost. Prior to joining New York Tech, her nearly 20-year career in the nonprofit and higher education sectors focused on developing, implementing, and scaling programs that promote educational access and economic opportunity.
At New York Tech, she collaborates with various academic units to facilitate the development of innovative degree, certificate, and credential programs with high workforce demand potential. Read more…
Tiffani L. Hinds joined New York Institute of Technology as interim Dean of Students for the Long Island and New York City campuses in July 2019 after serving as Dean of Students at The College of New Rochelle (CNR). As Dean of Students, she was responsible for championing New York Tech's goal to be a student-centered institution that creates culture change, promotes inclusion and diversity, stimulates innovation and entrepreneurship, and promotes personal and professional student growth and development.
She worked closely with faculty, department chairs, deans, and student affairs staff to enhance the student experience through programs, initiatives and resources related to student activities, residence life, health and wellness, new student orientation, student leadership, judicial affairs, and commuter student services. Read more…
Sheri E. Kelleher joined New York Institute of Technology in 2004. While working in the Office of Academic Affairs, she designed and piloted a New Faculty Mentoring Program and the Mentors Institute with the Center for Teaching and Learning; coordinated faculty hires, onboarding, and personnel actions; and managed faculty events, networking sessions, and accreditation visits. She then went onto serve as the founding assistant dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Education for the 2016–2017 academic year, where she established advisory board members, operating and budget processes and procedures, and identified non-tuition revenue sources.
In August 2017, she was appointed assistant provost of Academic Affairs; in this position, she collaborates to facilitate continuous improvement of policy and procedures between the academic and operational units. Read more…
Senior Associate Dean
In her nearly 20 years at New York Tech, Monika Rohde has successfully developed the Office of Undergraduate Student Success and Advising (formerly Advising and Enrichment Center) into a significant and well-known resource on campus, expanding its services to include proactive outreach and advising support to undergraduate students, enrichment services that provide academic support and tutoring to students throughout their college careers, and student success initiatives that have had positive impacts not only on the student experience but also on retention and graduation rates.
A first-generation American and college student, she holds a B.S. in Health Sciences from Boston University and earned a M.A. in Communication Arts from New York Tech. Read more…
Dawn Grzan is the senior director of the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research, where she leads a team of four, managing both internal and external grant applications, the human subjects research committee, and technology transfer. She joined New York Tech in 2020; since then, she has doubled the size of the office and increased proposal submissions by 30 percent.
Prior to New York Tech, she spent time at Stony Brook University as senior director of Corporation and Foundation Relations, where she developed new relationships with prospective donors. Read more…
Irene Young, Ed.D., was appointed campus dean and executive director of New York Tech-Vancouver in 2016. During this time, New York Tech-Vancouver added a satellite campus at Broadway Tech Centre to accommodate the rapid growth in student enrollment. Dean Young earned her Doctor of Education degree in 2019 from Simon Fraser University. She obtained a Master's in Business Administration from the University of British Columbia in 1991 and has been a chartered professional accountant (CMA) for over 30 years.
Young has been an educator for 25 years working in various administrative capacities in both the K–12 system and the post-secondary system. Read more…
College of Engineering and Computing Sciences
Babak D. Beheshti, Ph.D., is a professor and dean of the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences (CoECS) at New York Institute of Technology.
Babak's experience in higher education spans over 35 years, where he has served as a full-time faculty member, president of the Academic Senate, associate dean, and dean. As dean, Babak led the engineering college to the introduction of its first two Ph.D. programs, in computer science and engineering, two new bachelor's degree programs and one new master's degree program, in addition to leading the college through its fastest climb in national rankings. Read more…
School of Management
Deborah Y. Cohn is a tenured professor of marketing at New York Tech and interim dean of the university's School of Management. She's a member of the School's Impact committee, director of its Professional Enrichment (PE) Platform, and has chaired its personnel committee. Before joining the university in 2009, she spent 12 years in academia at various business schools in the U.S.
A dynamic, well-respected educator, Cohn engages students and colleagues in numerous ways. For example, she organizes and coordinates more than 100 PE seminars annually by featuring industry professionals, adjuncts, advisory board members, and alumni in support of student learning. Read more…
School of Architecture and Design
Maria R. Perbellini earned her Master of Architecture from the Pratt Institute. She also holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia in Italy.
Prior to joining New York Tech, she served as associate dean for graduate programs in the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University (TTU), where she developed a Master of Architecture curriculum with four graduate certificates, as well as a post-professional Master of Science in Architecture program with specializations in digital design and fabrication, urban and community design, and design and health. She also coordinated the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Land-Use Planning, Management, and Design. Read more…
College of Arts and Sciences
Dan Quigley joined New York Tech as an associate professor in 1988 and became associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) in 2004. He was appointed dean in 2018 after serving a year as the college's interim dean.
During his time at New York Tech, Quigley has been involved in the development of the core curriculum and other academic programs; coordinated CAS courses at New York Tech's global campuses; worked on faculty development, learning outcomes assessment initiatives, technology implementation, and teaching effectiveness tools; and helped to produce faculty lecture series, summer institutes, and the annual SOURCE conference. Read more…
School of Health Professions
Gordon Schmidt, Ph.D., FACSM was appointed Dean of Health Professions in January 2019, providing leadership, guidance, and continuity in matters dealing with accreditation and compliance with national standards; curriculum oversight; faculty mentorship including new faculty development; and administration of operations including enrollment, retention, and budget; strategic planning; and thought leadership for the school.
His endeavors strive to attain an inclusive and supportive environment for student learning. Schmidt represents the school in various external and internal relations activities. Read more…