Academic Affairs

Message from the Provost

I am particularly gratified to serve as provost at this significant period in John Jay College’s history. In the past ten years, we have witnessed nothing short of the transformation of the academic enterprise at the college. We have phased-out associate degree admissions, added new liberal arts majors to our curriculum, restructured academic departments, and added over one-hundred new, full-time faculty members to the professoriate. The core strength of John Jay is its faculty, and our value as an institution derives from their work. As educators, our remarkably talented scholar-teachers hold the key to student success. As scholars, our faculty make important contributions to every area of knowledge. The breadth of John Jay faculty research is sometimes surprising to those outside our “College of Criminal Justice,” but indeed the members of our faculty are just as likely to receive grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities as from the National Institute of Justice. As social scientists, artists, scientists, humanists, and public sector leaders, our faculty members broaden the college’s reach and enhance its impact. Through their research, many of them bring injustice to light and influence the course of justice. It is our privilege in Academic Affairs to do everything in our power to ensure that our faculty receive the support they need to promote student success and to carry out their research.

In July 2013, the college received its decennial reaccreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the culmination of a multi-year self study process during which we examined the achievements and challenges of the past ten years. In our self-study report we also looked ahead and set out what we hope to accomplish in the years to come. Our most immediate concern will be to review and revise our mission statement; it has served us well for two decades, but it is time to align the mission statement with the institutional transformation that we have experienced. It will also be time to generate a new Master Plan to succeed John Jay @ Fifty, the plan that has guided us for the past five years. As its title suggests, the current Master Plan takes us to our 50th anniversary as a college, with many exciting events planned for our anniversary year, 2014-2015.

As we approach our 50th anniversary and as we imagine the next 50 years, we examine everything we do through the framing lens of justice. We ask ourselves what kind of curriculum and what kinds of learning experiences will fulfill our promise to educate for justice and will prepare our students to become highly ethical actors with the skills, knowledge, and passion to effect real, positive change in the world. Asked and answered, these questions will guide us in the years ahead.

Jane Bowers
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs