New York Institute of Technology – Dean, School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Education

New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) seeks an exceptional strategic, visionary Dean to be Founding Dean of the newly formed School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Education (the School). Growing out of real commitment to prioritizing inter- and multi-disciplinary work, this new school will build on the institute’s strength in graduate teacher education to become home to interdisciplinary collaboration across the university. The Dean will be an academic entrepreneur who can clearly articulate a vision for this school, for NYIT, and for the global impact students, faculty, and staff can make.

New York Institute of Technology

Led by President Edward Guiliano since 2000, NYIT is a dynamic, highly ranked, not-for-profit university committed to educating the next generation of leaders, and to inspiring innovation and advancing entrepreneurship. Offering over ninety degree programs in more than 50 fields of study, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees, NYIT serves more than 12,000 students from 100 countries around the world. With two New York campuses in Old Westbury and Manhattan; global campuses in North America, China, and the Middle East; dual degree programs with partner universities in Brazil, France, India, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan, and Turkey; and robust online programs, NYIT offers a variety of global learning opportunities contextualized to local needs. NYIT is among select universities to receive the prestigious Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization. Presented by NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the award recognizes NYIT’s commitment to global engagement both inside and outside the classroom.

Founded in 1955, NYIT has five schools and two colleges: Schools of Architecture and Design; Engineering and Computing Sciences; Health Professions; Management; the newly formed School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Education; and Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Osteopathic Medicine. A non-profit, independent, private, and nonsectarian institution of higher education, the university 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, over 100,000 students have graduated from NYIT’s programs. Supporting these students are nearly 3,000 faculty and staff.

NYIT’s two New York campuses are located in Old Westbury and Manhattan. The Old Westbury campus is located on 100 acres on Long Island’s tranquil and beautiful North Shore, about one hour outside of Manhattan. The wooded landscape of rolling hills was formerly owned by the Whitney family. The Manhattan campus is located at Broadway and 61st Street, adjacent to Columbus Circle, in the heart of Manhattan, convenient to public transportation and the cultural offerings of New York City. The Dean will primarily work from the Old Westbury campus, but will have a presence on both campuses.

NYIT’s recent update to its long-term strategic plan, NYIT 2030 version 2.0, outlines a bold and exciting plan for preserving the university’s forward-thinking academic portfolio, which anticipates the needs of the global marketplace, ensuring that NYIT graduates are distinctly profession-ready while also increasing the research portfolio and opportunities for high-impact educational experiences for all levels of the student body within a student-centered community. Included in this board-approved plan is the priority initiative of “increas[ing] institutional support for interdisciplinary work.” Recognizing that by its very nature, interdisciplinary work lacks a single advocate with ownership and responsibility, the plan outlines the programmatic and research goals for the School.

NYIT’s research efforts are receiving unprecedented levels of funding, and its expertise in areas such as cybersecurity, robotics, implantable/wearable technologies, medicine, health care, sustainability, and more are providing solutions for real-world problems. In addition to groundbreaking research, NYIT is creating world-class forums for experts to come together to solve global challenges.

At the two New York campuses, the student body has representatives from almost every state, as well as a significant number of international students. Many are first-generation students, and all come to enhance their ability to address problems confronting the world.

The academic experience is complemented by an expanding roster of opportunities for students to become engaged in research, internship, co-curricular campus life, with plans underway to build a residence hall and student center in Old Westbury. NYIT’s athletic programs compete in NCAA Division II, with the exception of its baseball team, which plays in NCAA Division I. The men’s lacrosse, soccer, and volleyball teams, and the men’s and women’s basketball and tennis teams have had much athletic success.

NYIT Leadership

President Edward Guiliano, PhD, became NYIT’s third President in 2000. His tenure has been marked by significant increases in the size and quality of its diverse student body from across the United States and 100 nations; the addition of more than 400 distinguished faculty members; and the opening of campuses in Canada, China, and the United Arab Emirates to complement NYIT’s campuses in Manhattan and Long Island, New York. NYIT has also undergone a major renovation of campus facilities while branding itself to raise its national and international profile. This September, President Guiliano announced that he would be closing out his service as President and that a search for his successor has been launched; he will remain active in his post until the next President is in place.

Rahmat Shoureshi, PhD, joined NYIT in 2011 as its Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Shoureshi is responsible for shaping academic priorities and programs, attracting and supporting outstanding faculty and academic leadership, providing global education for students, and expanding scholarship and research initiatives, especially in cross-disciplinary areas. All New York and global campus Deans report directly to Dr. Shoureshi. Dr. Shoureshi had previously served as Dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Denver. Dr. Shoureshi earned his PhD in mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Dr. Jerry Balentine is Vice President for Medical Affairs and Global Health. An expert in emergency medicine, Dr. Balentine most recently served as Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of St. Barnabas Hospital and Healthcare System in the Bronx. Dr. Balentine is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed his emergency medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he served as Chief Resident. He earned his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD.

The academic leaders of NYIT are each driven to work in a creative, applied, and entrepreneurial manner. Many of the Deans have joined NYIT with an explicit interest in strengthening the connections between departments and schools on the programmatic front and between disciplines on the research front. See Appendix A for more information about the Deans and Schools at NYIT.

The School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Education

Academic Programming

The degree offerings of the school range from highly regarded state-defined graduate degrees in school counseling to a Master’s Degree in Leadership in the Arts & Entertainment Industries to interdisciplinary certificate programs drawing on NYIT’s strengths in technology and education. An undergraduate degree program is also in place: a Bachelor of Science in Urban Administration, with intensive experiential learning as well as the more broad-based Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies. In addition, the degree programs within Education are fully online, and are ranked within the top 25 online programs in the nation.

Represented Disciplines and Interdisciplinary Work

Within the faculty there is expertise in School Counseling, Teacher Education, Instructional Technology, Digital Design and Fabrication, Architecture, Social Science, Urban Planning, American Literature, and Bioethics. Within each of these areas there are strong collaborations within the School and across the institution.

Centers for Interdisciplinary Research at NYIT

To accelerate collaborative work across the university, the Provost has launched a number of academic centers. These include the Center of Excellence in Data Visualization, Entertainment, and Education Engineering, the Center for Global Health, and the Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center. Initiatives with a focus on combining engineering and medicine, exploring safe and resilient cities, creative technologies, and the security of social and cyber networks are in planning stages.

The Role

As chief academic officer of the school, the Dean will report to the Provost and be responsible for developing, leading, and implementing strategic planning related to program and curriculum development, and facilitating research initiatives with faculty and staff. The Dean will oversee the budget and enrollment activity planning, and will lead communications about the school. This will include internal efforts to make NYIT an intellectual community that encourages interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as external development, including fundraising for the School. The Dean will maintain program-specific accreditations. Through regular engagement with students and staff, as well as faculty, the Dean will identify, nurture, and enable interdisciplinary projects and programs.

Across the university, the Dean will lead implementation of the NYIT’s institutional initiative to expand interdisciplinary work. As this is an evolution from a more independent era, the Dean will coordinate communication among deans, department chairs, and others to develop institutional policies and structures to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration broadly, as well as within the classroom.

The Dean will serve as a spokesperson for the school to build awareness, advisory boards, and strategic partnerships. The Dean will also identify and pursue external funding for interdisciplinary projects. The Dean is expected to be the intellectual and operational leader of the school and, as such, will engage with NYIT’s academic leadership and professional communities from a variety of disciplines, cultivate interdisciplinary relationships—both domestic and international—and develop resources to support achieving the school’s goals, all in the context of NYIT’s DNA and strategic plan.

Key Opportunities & Challenges

Administrative Structure

In addition to full time and part-time faculty, this new School currently has an Associate Dean for the Division of Education; an Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Studies; an Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Academic Initiatives; and an Assistant Dean for Operations and Planning.

Division of Interdisciplinary Studies

At NYIT, there is a high level of interest and enthusiasm for interdisciplinary projects, both in research and teaching, as a means for developing “best-in-class work” in niche areas. The Dean will come at a time where the structures supporting and encouraging interdisciplinary work are still to be developed—for the faculty, this will include issues like joint appointments, credit for team teaching of courses, and ensuring that collaborative work is valued highly during consideration of tenure. In addition to smoothing the path for already existing interdisciplinary initiatives, the Dean will have the opportunity to and responsibility for bringing together creative minds from an exciting array of disciplines to examine and address problems facing individuals and societies. Whether it is bringing together engineers and health professionals to devise new medical devices or rehabilitation processes, or envisioning the ways in which entertainment and education will be brought to students twenty years from now, the Dean will play an instrumental role in facilitating the envisioning and resolution of global challenges.

One of the five priority initiatives of NYIT 2030 version 2.0 is for NYIT to be known for thriving graduate centers featuring interdisciplinary research, degree programs, and “best-in-class” work in a small number of highly targeted niches. The Dean will be a key player in helping to achieve this ambitious vision for NYIT’s future by providing academic leadership to recruit and retain top-tier faculty doing innovative research and by developing curricula and degree programs to remain nationally competitive and to meet the needs of the community and the region.

Division of Education

Enrollment in teacher training programs has been declining in the northeast for at least the last five years. Having been early to provide excellent programs introducing technology and STE(A)M elements to the curriculum, NYIT was also at the forefront in offering online and distant access to all of its advanced degree offerings within education. Working across disciplines with all of the educators at NYIT and with leaders within the School, strong connections are being forged with local school districts near old Westbury and within New York City—two very different, exciting settings. Bringing NYIT students into the classrooms of younger learners while also introducing NYIT to future undergraduates, their teachers, counselors, and parents is ripe for exploration.

Integration across the School and the Campus

Working in conjunction with the directors of the centers for interdisciplinary work, Deans of the other schools and colleges, faculty, staff, and students, the Dean will initially bring other faculty under the umbrella of the School to provide ideas and traction for new collaborative work. As the Dean’s vision becomes fuller, there will be resources to invest in the School.

Qualifications and Experience

The successful candidate will demonstrate a record of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and professional activity sufficient to meet the qualifications required for the assignment of faculty rank of Professor. An earned doctorate and a significant, successful tenure as a senior-level administrator in higher education is greatly preferred. The incoming Dean will be an academic entrepreneur who has experience with design and delivery of creative educational technologies, global education, and multi­disciplinary collaboration and have knowledge of higher education budgeting, planning, personnel, and curricular assessment processes.

In addition to excellent communication, teamwork, consensus building, and organizational skills, the incoming Dean will be an adept diplomat. The successful candidate will be an individual with passion and a sense of humor, a self-starter who possesses a keen interest in K-12 and higher education, cross-disciplinary teaching and scholarship, with both personal and professional interdisciplinary experience.

The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check.

Please send applications and nominations to Amy Sugin (Principal) and Kristine O’Brien, PhD at Neumann Executive Search Partners at

NYIT is an AA/EEO institution.

Appendix A: NYIT Deans

Maria Perbellini

Dean, School of Architecture & 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 NYIT, 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.

Perbellini has taught multiple levels of architectural design studios and graduate advanced technology courses. At TTU, she co-founded the graduate digital design and fabrication program. For several summers, she directed the study abroad program in Verona, Italy. She also implemented an undergraduate digital media sequence and graduate digital workshops to support and supplement design studios and construction courses; the initiative significantly impacted the College of Architecture’s pedagogical direction. Previously, Perbellini taught at the University of Texas in Austin and at Yeungjin Jr. College in Taegu, South Korea.

Perbellini’s research interests include parametric surface structures, design process, digital design and fabrication, and intermedial architecture. She is a Principal at Pongratz Perbellini, an internationally recognized multidisciplinary firm. Before establishing her practice, she worked for Peter Eisenman and John Reimnitz in New York, was involved with the design of prestigious commissioned buildings, and participated in international and invited design competitions.

A frequent exhibitor and lecturer, Perbellini is co-author of numerous publications including the books Natural Born CaaDesigners (about young American architects involved with a digital practice) and Cyberstone (which provides an overview on stone design, engineering, and manufacturing processes), as well as the textbook Digital Media for Design (about creative strategies using a range of media supporting each stage of the design process).

In 2015, Perbellini participated in the Harvard Management Development Program on Higher Education Leadership. While at TTU, she received the 2015-2016 Integrated Scholar Award; the 2012 and 2016 Outstanding Researcher Award; the 2012 Alumni Association New Faculty Award; and the 2011 and 2012 Global Vision Award for Outstanding Study Abroad Faculty-Led Leader.

Jim Simon

Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

A world-class journalist and advocate for the environment, Jim Simon, Ph.D., joined NYIT as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2015. Previously, he spent nearly 20 years at Fairfield University’s College of Arts and Sciences, where he served in positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as Interim Dean.

Before focusing on an academic career, Simon served as Assistant Secretary of the Environment in the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where he dealt with issues ranging from open space and water conservation to hazardous waste management and recycling. He was Director of Public Relations for the Massachusetts Hospital Association and served as a Bureau Chief, Reporter, and Editor with The Associated Press, the world’s largest news organization, where he wrote more than 4,000 stories.

In his current role, Simon serves as Dean to more than 1,900 undergraduate and graduate students worldwide. His focus is on promoting research and scholarly activities among students and faculty, improving the advising and mentoring of students, and continuing NYIT’s long history of providing career preparation and career readiness. In addition to overseeing programs at NYIT’s New York campuses, Simon supervises academic programs in the College of Arts and Sciences at NYIT’s campus in Nanjing, China, and with partner institutions around the world.

Simon earned a B.A. from Rutgers University and was a fellow at the university’s Eagleton Institute of Politics. He earned a Master’s degree from the Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunication, where he worked closely with CBS broadcasting legend Walter Cronkite, and a Ph.D. from the School of Public Affairs, both at Arizona State University, Tempe.

Nada Anid

Dean, School of Engineering & Computing Sciences

The first female Dean of NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences (SoECS), Nada Anid oversees 80 engineering and computing sciences faculty members and nearly 3,500 graduate and undergraduate students at NYIT campuses located in Manhattan and Old Westbury, N.Y., Canada, China, and the Middle East.

Anid embraces NYIT’s forward-thinking and applications-oriented mission and is working on several strategic partnerships between academia and the public and private sector, including the creation of NYIT’s Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center (ETIC) and its three labs focusing on IT & cybersecurity, bio-engineering and health, and energy and green technologies.

Anid is committed to educating a new generation of engineers that is ready to address societal challenges identified in the White House Strategy for American Innovation and the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges for Engineering. Long an advocate for women pursuing education and career opportunities in STEM fields, Anid is an active proponent of K-12 education that encourages girls to experience the thrill of discovery and design.

Anid is an active member of the Long Island Regional Council’s Education and Workforce Committee, the NY State STEM Education Collaborative, and the Intrepid Museum’s STEM Advisory Committee. A Program Evaluator for the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, she also holds leadership positions in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the U.S. Deans Engineering Council and its Public Policy Committee, among others. She is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy and an expert reviewer for the federal government and several engineering journals.

Anid earned her Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in chemical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH-Stockholm). She is among the first engineers to study the role of vitamin B12 and other organometallic coenzymes in the dechlorination of important toxic molecules such as carbon tetrachloride and polychlorinated biphenyls.

Jerry Balentine

Vice President for Medical Affairs and Global Health and

Interim Dean, School of Health Professions

An expert in emergency medicine, Jerry Balentine served as Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of St. Barnabas Hospital and Healthcare System in the Bronx prior to becoming Vice President for Medical Affairs and Global Health in 2014. He held numerous other positions at St. Barnabas since 1992, including Medical Director, Co-director of the Department of Emergency Medicine, and Residency Director.

Balentine has been a faculty member at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine since 2009, and was most recently acting chair of the emergency medicine division within the department of medicine.

A graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, he completed his internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Philadelphia and his emergency medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he served as chief resident. He earned his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD.

Balentine has authored and edited many web and textbook chapters and is the Medical Editor of He is also a medical author for the WebMD network, which includes MedicineNet, eMedicineHealth, RxList, and WebMD.

Lou Reinisch

Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

Interim Dean, School of Interdisciplinary Studies & Education

Lou Reinisch is a physicist with a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in Urbana, IL. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and several patents. He has consulted with various companies and had two spin-off companies formed using his work in fluorescence. One company, Veritide, manufactures a fast, non-invasive, reagent-free test for the bacterial spore, anthrax. The other company is in the investigative phase of developing a non-invasive screening tool for diabetes.

Prior to joining NYIT, Reinisch held the following positions, including: Dean of Arts and Sciences at Farmingdale State College (2013-2016); Head of the Department of Physical and Earth Sciences at Jacksonville State University (2009-2013); Dean of Science and the Director of Medical Physics at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand (2002-2008); and Director of Laser Research at the Department of Otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (1991-2002). He was also an Associate Professor at the Laser Biophysics Center at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (1988-1991), an Assistant Professor at the Department of Physics at Northeastern University (1984-1988), and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the University of Muenster in Germany (1982-1984). The core of Reinisch’s research involves lasers and spectroscopy in medicine, and he has published extensively regarding the use of free-electron lasers in medicine.

Reinisch is an Associate Editor with the journal Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. In his role as Associate Provost, he is a strong advocate for improving higher level education with experiential learning and technology-enhanced teaching.

Jess Boronico

Dean, School of Management

Jess Boronico earned his Ph.D. in operations research from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Master of Science in Mathematics, Operations Research, from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Prior to joining NYIT, Boronico served as Dean of the Christos M. Cotsakos College of Business at William Paterson University, where he successfully led the college to its attainment of AACSB accreditation in 2004.

He is an active member of INFORMS and the Decisions Sciences Institute. In addition, Boronico serves on the editorial board and is an ad hoc reviewer for numerous academic journals. He has published more than 35 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals, including Production and Operations Management, Omega, and the European Journal of Operations Research. He is also a Co-author of Computer Simulation in Operations Management and the Editor of Studies in the Strategy and Tactics of Competitive Advantage: Management in the New Millennium.

Boronico, as a member of MENSA and the International High IQ Society, has received numerous honors and citations, including three Anbar citations of excellence, and been nominated into various Who’s Who publications, including Strathmore’s Who’s Who. He has also been inducted into several biographical listings, and has consulted for the United States Postal Service and state highway authorities.

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