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.
With a new strategic plan, John Jay 2020, we are ready for the next five years of thoughtful consolidation and exciting change. Our mission—educating for justice—animates and informs everything we do. 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.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs