THE OPPORTUNITY

Fordham University School of Law (Fordham Law School) is a leading force in legal education, with one of the nation’s most select student bodies, an enduring commitment to academic excellence, and a virtually unrivaled record of graduate employment. Established in 1905, Fordham Law School builds on the University’s commitment to service and today offers three law degree programs—JD, LLM, and SJD—and an MSL degree which is designed for non-lawyers. Fordham Law School offers dynamic academic programs, including corporate law, intellectual property, information technology, and international law; an award-winning moot court and Alternate Dispute Resolution program; and numerous public service initiatives. Located on the West Side of Manhattan, as part of Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus, the School leverages its strengths of community, faculty, devoted alumni, and place in the nation’s commercial and legal capital, providing an exceptional preparation for service-oriented lawyers, counselors, problem solvers, advocates, and leaders ready to address the needs of clients around the globe.

The Position

ROLE OF THE ASSISTANT DEAN OF STUDENT AFFAIRS AND DIVERSITY FOR FORDHAM UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW

The assistant dean of student affairs and diversity is a key member of the Fordham Law School (FLS) senior management team. Reporting to the associate dean for academic affairs, the assistant dean of student affairs and diversity is the chief student affairs officer, responsible for strategic leadership, direction, and assessment for a broad spectrum of services designed to support student success, enhance engagement, and foster a diverse and inclusive community across a talented, motivated student body. The assistant dean works collaboratively with their team and other FLS and University colleagues to champion student interests, oversee academic support, plan programs and events, support the ongoing development of the House system, and ensure the periodic review and/or establishment of policies and practice designed to promote student success, wellbeing, resiliency, professionalism, personal and social development, and progress towards degree completion. The assistant dean oversees disability accommodations; implements bar passage training initiatives; manages crisis intervention and support; provides executive oversight to student-led professional, cultural, and social organizations; and educates students on the expectations of academic integrity, Title IX policy, personal and professional ethics, and other issues impacting character and fitness according to American Bar Association policies, as well as directly manages complaints and investigations related to conduct violations. Additionally, a key functional responsibility of the assistant dean is to support, sustain, and enhance diversity initiatives. The diversity portfolio includes providing support to expand engagement in pipeline programs; ensuring administrative oversight, programming, and appropriate financial support to student affinity groups in support of their mission and goals; working with School and University committees to address issues related to equity and social justice, the reduction of implicit bias, micro-aggressions, and discrimination to advance the creation of a campus environment that recognizes and respects the dignity of all its members; and ongoing advocacy and support to domestic and international students of underrepresented backgrounds and identities.

The assistant dean of student affairs and diversity will join Fordham Law at a time of significant momentum as the School advances strategic priorities and fundraising initiatives that are focused on strengthening the overall student experience. As an innovative and entrepreneurial leader, the assistant dean will advise the dean and other senior leadership on student needs and will work resourcefully and energetically to assure all students are well-supported throughout their FLS experience. Harnessing available technology to enhance information and budget management; implementing creative solutions to address evolving student needs and interests; and working collaboratively with campus partners, including those in Academic Affairs, Advancement and Alumni Relations, Career Planning Center, Enrollment and Admissions, Information Technology, and Office of the Registrar to serve and support all students are important opportunities and on-going priorities awaiting the next assistant dean of student affairs and diversity. As the chief student affairs officer, the assistant dean will lead a team of four and manage an operating budget of over $1.8 million.

HISTORY OF THE POSITION

Nitza Escalera arrived at Fordham University School of Law in 1994 and has been instrumental in defining and expanding the institution’s approach to student services and Student Affairs. Beginning as a one-person office, Escalera, in her 25 years of service, has grown the department into a team of four. As the assistant dean, Escalera has been an integral, hands-on member of the team, providing both direction to the organization and direct support to individual students, as well as a member of the dean’s leadership team.

In 2016, Escalera was appointed as the first assistant dean of diversity initiatives, a role she has held concurrently with her duties in Student Affairs. This expanded portfolio codified efforts that had long been important to Escalera and Fordham Law—to continually enhance the School’s commitment to foster a community that respects and prizes diversity while actively promoting the participation of students who are underrepresented in their legal profession because of their race, color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and/or gender.

After 25 years in this important leadership role, Escalera has gained a broad and deeply affectionate roster of students, alumni, faculty, and administrators who have been touched by her personal warmth, advocacy, and collegiality. She has proven to be an excellent listener, relationship-builder, mediator, mentor, champion, and role model for students who has approached her work with humility and a healthy dose of humor. In December 2019, Escalera will retire, ready to pass the mantel of leadership to her successor.

OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

The assistant dean of student affairs and diversity must be a student-centered professional who is committed to supporting the success of all Fordham Law students and who is equipped to lead a small, highly effective staff organization that is ready to address a wide range of academic, personal, psychological/emotional, and professional needs of a diverse student population. Within this student success structure, the assistant dean must be vigilant advocating for the needs of underrepresented and first generation students, as well as those needing accommodations to address an array of disabilities.

Looking ahead, the next assistant dean will need to devise and deploy appropriate systems for budget and information management that afford improved controls, accountability, and access where appropriate. Bringing a systems orientation to this role will help facilitate these responsibilities and will significantly contribute to the ease with which the assistant dean can document outcomes and generate increased financial support to realize new and expanded objectives in the future.

Additional priorities and challenges as outlined by stakeholders include:

  • Develop and sustain a working atmosphere throughout Student Affairs that is proactive, entrepreneurial, and innovative, embracing new ideas and approaches to meeting evolving student needs.
  • Evaluate the current staffing model—determine strategies for increasing support to 2L and 3L students, assess use of undergraduate student workers employed by the Office, and consider the optimal training for and expectations of the all-volunteer, 80-member Board of Student Advisors, comprised of upper-level students who provide mentoring to first-year law students.
  • Support expanded use of technology to foster greater collaboration with others and efficient dissemination of information, including use of videos to convey key pre-orientation information to incoming students and expanded access to online information available through LawNet and the JD Experience portal. Work closely with colleagues in Information Services to identify and employ technological solutions to automate routine communications, streamline document handling, and enhance efficient workflow and reporting.
  • Provide ongoing support to diversity initiatives—sustain and strengthen pipeline programs and ensure that student cultural organizations receive the support they need to flourish and serve the interests of their members.
  • Balance support to students with the need to address infractions to University and School policies as well as professional ethics and standards of conduct as stated by the American Bar Association and the National Association of Law Student Affairs Professionals (NALSAP).
  • Continue to support the House System, which has the dual objective of supporting student life, community building, and well-being along with fostering stronger relationships between faculty and students.
  • Evaluate the current structure and approach to supporting student led organizations—benchmark existing practice against other similar institutions, develop clearer policies regarding formation of student groups, strengthen officer leadership training, and confirm mechanisms for requesting and accounting for financial resources needed to advance strategic objectives.
  • Using predictive analytics, collaborate with Enrollment and Admissions, as well as academic colleagues, to assess student academic advising and determine opportunities to enhance initiatives for individuals upon matriculation who may need special services and support to ensure steady academic progress.
  • Evaluate Student Affairs’ role in the support and execution of major law school events. Determine opportunities to advocate for student interests through direct engagement in program development and delivery, while enlisting the assistance of events planning and logistics experts to manage other aspects of these large scale events.
  • Provide leadership in times of crisis and ensure continuous support and training of staff and other Fordham Law colleagues to prepare them to appropriately address a wide range of anticipated student crisis situations.
  • Work collaboratively with Advancement professionals actively engaged in fundraising to support the FLS student experience.

QUALIFICATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS

An advanced degree (Juris Doctor Degree preferred) and a record of accomplishments in a student development, multicultural student services, or closely related role, including demonstrated supervision, innovation, and leadership are required. The successful candidate will have a track record of strong leadership and management skills; excellent interpersonal and organizational skills; program design, delivery, and assessment; and high facility to advise and counsel individuals, including those dealing with significant stress and/or complex issues impacting academic progress as well as personal and professional development. An understanding of legal issues in higher education and best practices with regard to building diverse and inclusive communities; familiarity with legal education/curriculum and the evolving landscape of today’s legal market; and an ability to build collaborative relationships while serving as a champion for students will also be important considerations in the selection of the assistant dean for student affairs and diversity. Successful candidates should have a knowledge of and commitment to the goals of Jesuit Education.

Several Fordham Law stakeholders also indicated the following capabilities and attributes would be attractive in a successful candidate:

  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills, including listening capability and presentation skills;
  • Have a track record of service to first-generation students, as well as other students of diverse backgrounds and identities.
  • Experience with encouraging, learning from, and utilizing diverse perspectives, ideas, and approaches to inform diversity and inclusion strategies.
  • Possess strong mediating skills and maintain a reputation for fairness, personal warmth, and equitable treatment of all.
  • Be a proponent of continuous improvement—open to new ideas and applications of technology that enhance efficiency, improve access, and serve the evolving needs of students.
  • Exhibit a high degree of emotional intelligence (EQ).
  • Possess demonstrated experience leading through crisis situations.
  • Excellent collaboration and consensus-building abilities, experience building effective teams and the ability to develop and empower staff to enable high performance and engagement.
  • Understand developmental issues and other pressures typically impacting today’s professional graduate students.
  • Project an approachable, flexible demeanor that invites trust and engagement of others.
  • Possess a systems orientation and capacity for gathering and analyzing date to inform decisions.
  • Maintain a students-first approach—be actively engaged in student life and welcome input from students with regard to their needs and interests.
  • Understand the various laws, regulations, and policies related to equity and diversity, as well as academic integrity in higher education.
  • Be comfortable with change and flexible to adapt as needs and circumstances merit, yet willing to uphold policy and procedures when appropriate.
  • Demonstrate experience managing major events and programs.
  • Experience effectively managing personnel and budgets.
  • Understand Title IX and related best practices for education and support.
  • Understand the process of managing complaints and investigations of civil rights violations including discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct under Title IX.
  • Be a community builder.
  • Possess a record of successful leadership, with an ability to manage organizational change while working in a collaborative environment as a positive change agent.

OFFICE OF STUDENT AFFAIRS AND DIVERSITY: AN OVERVIEW

The Office of Student Affairs and Diversity is staffed by a team of attorneys, all of whom have practiced and who support the development of students as attorneys-in-training. The Office is responsible for enhancing the quality of life of students and accomplishes this goal by supporting student groups, providing academic advisement, academic assistance, and counseling. The Office also provides faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni with necessary services and data to fulfill the academic mission of the Law School.

The assistant dean and other Student Affairs staff are the first student-facing representatives that students encounter following their admission to the School. They are engaged in orientation right through graduation. Much of the emphasis of the Office of Student Affairs is on providing support for the mental, spiritual, and professional wellbeing of students designed to ensure their success in their academic studies and preparation for future careers. Student Affairs staff often serve to triage student needs to determine if additional resources and support structures are warranted and, when appropriate, refer and connect students to other professional services. When needed, Student Affairs staff refer students to the University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Additionally, Student Affairs staff, through individual consultation and programming, foster leadership and decision-making skills that help students navigate the personal ups and downs of law school, advance objectives of student-led organizations, and build the resiliency they need as they strive to achieve long-term personal and professional goals.

Student Services

Staff of the Office provide numerous student focused services and activities including:

  • Coordinate first year programs, such as the Board of Student Advisors, and first year mini-section lunches and dinners;
  • Advise students on academic issues—dropping/withdrawals of classes for extraordinary circumstances, rescheduling exams for extraordinary circumstances, and leaves of absences and withdrawals;
  • Facilitate student disability needs;
  • Provide academic resource programs and workshops;
  • Sponsor special student activities and programs on how to successfully manage law school in collaboration with the director of professionalism and special projects and others engaged in the ongoing support and implementation of the House System;
  • Provide guidance and program assistance to student groups;
  • Coordinate the distribution of identification cards, lockers, and student group bulletin boards;
  • Publish The Weekly Brief;
  • Maintain the Law School’s online Current Students resource page;
  • Coordinate the teaching of foreign language classes by LL.M. students; and
  • Coordinate key student-facing components of the Law School’s Orientation and Graduation programs

Diversity Initiatives

Student Affairs defines diversity broadly while also focusing on those who are underrepresented in the legal profession because of their race, color, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, and socioeconomic status. The Office seeks to foster an inclusive community and atmosphere where everyone is welcome and able to express their views.

Diversity efforts include activities and events organized by the School’s faculty and centers, students and organizations, and administrators and offices. They also encompass partnerships with pipeline programs and bar associations that work to expand the diversity of the legal profession.

In addition to promoting the participation of students who are underrepresented in the legal profession as well as developing and implementing initiatives to foster community that respects and prizes diversity, the dean of student affairs and diversity leads the School’s initiatives to promote and expand engagement with pipeline programs that introduce students at the primary, secondary, and college levels of education.

Student groups foster diversity and inclusion among all students at Fordham Law. Groups such as those listed below present programs, lectures, and social events. They also allow students to develop leadership skills, establish professional and support networks, and build community. The Office of Student Affairs and Diversity advises these organizations, supports their efforts, and allocates funds to sustain their success.

  • Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
  • Black Law Students Association
  • Fordham Law Women
  • Fordham OUTLaws
  • Latin American Law Students Association
  • Muslim Law Students Association
  • Native American Law Students Association

FORDHAM UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW: AN OVERVIEW

Fordham University School of Law (commonly known as Fordham Law or Fordham Law School) is a professional graduate school of Fordham University. The school is located in the borough of Manhattan in New York City and is one of eight ABA-approved law schools in that city. Among the 2015 graduates of Fordham Law that sat for the bar exam within two years of their graduate date, 96.62 percent passed the bar exam.

Fordham Law has been coeducational since 1918. Ruth Whitehead Whaley became the first black woman to enroll at Fordham Law, graduating at the top of her class in 1924. Within one year of graduating, Whaley became one of the first black women admitted to practice law in New York.

Fordham lawyers are smart, know the law, have strong judgment, and possess the skills to solve real-world problems. Whether they are employed by firms, businesses, government agencies, or community organizations, Fordham lawyers are committed to service with an integrity that is a hallmark of Fordham’s Jesuit tradition. Fordham lawyers serve clients and the public at the highest levels as counselors, problem solvers, advocates, and leaders. These qualities stem from and reflect Fordham Law School’s unique approach to legal education, which is grounded in deep commitments to excellence, an ethos of care, valuing the individual while building community, and the belief that law and lawyers can nurture human flourishing.

Located in new and stunning surroundings in arguably the greatest city in the world, Fordham Law School offers students the extraordinary advantages of a large institution of learning while providing individualized training, focus, and mentorship from a world-class faculty. And Fordham’s extended network of dedicated alumni help create opportunities within the profession while ensuring that the Law School itself remains strong.

According to Fordham University School of Law’s 2018 ABA-required disclosures, 81.4 percent of the Class of 2018 obtained full-time, long-term, “JD/Bar Passage Required” employment nine months after graduation. Approximately seven percent of 2018 graduates were employed in “JD Advantage” positions. The 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked Fordham Law School as 27th best in the world.

Fordham Law School is a leading force in legal education, with one of the nation’s most select student bodies. Students are drawn from among the most academically rigorous undergraduate schools in the country.

Top Feeder Schools

  • Fordham University
  • New York University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Georgetown University
  • Binghamton University
  • Villanova University
  • Boston College
  • Rutgers University

Five of Fordham’s programs in specialty areas have been ranked among the nation’s top 30.

Nationally Ranked Programs

  • Trial Advocacy: 12th
  • Dispute Resolution: 13th
  • International Law: 15th
  • Clinical Training: 25th
  • Intellectual Property Law: 28th

The Fordham Law alumni community is a global network. Graduates can be found in 49 states and 80 countries around the world, with a very high concentration of alumni in the New York City metropolitan area. The Fordham Law Alumni Association is one of the largest law school alumni associations in the country.

In its March 2019 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” U.S. News & World Report ranked Fordham Law as 37th among 192 U.S. law schools included in the rankings. The Law School’s part-time, evening program is ranked third (#3) out of 72 such programs. In the 2019 edition, Fordham Law remained among the country’s most diverse law schools. Fordham Law School is ranked number 15 in this year’s “Go-To Law School” ranking by the National Law Journal. The publication ranks law schools based on the percentage of the most recent graduating class sent to the largest 100 law firms. Fordham Law School sent more than 36 percent of the J.D. Class of 2018 to the largest firms.

Leadership of the Law School

Matthew Diller – Dean of the School of Law

Matthew Diller is a prominent scholar of social welfare law and policy. He has lectured and written extensively on the legal dimensions of social welfare policy, including public assistance, Social Security, and disability programs and disability law and policy. His articles have appeared in the Yale Law JournalUCLA Law ReviewTexas Law Review, and Michigan Law Review.

Dean Diller began teaching at Fordham Law in 1993. He was the Cooper Family Professor of Law and co-director of the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics.

From 2003 to 2008, he served as the associate dean for academic affairs. He has received the Louis J. Lefkowitz Award for the Advancement of Urban Law from the Fordham Urban Law Journal (2000), the Eugene J. Keefe Award for outstanding contributions to the Law School (2002), and the Dean’s Medal of Achievement (2009). Prior to being appointed dean at Fordham Law in 2015, he served as dean at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law for six years.

Dean Diller is a member of the New York State Permanent Commission on Access to Justice and is chair of the commission’s Committee on Law School Involvement. He serves on the board of the Legal Aid Society of New York and is co-chair of the New York City Bar Association Council on the Profession. He is also a member of the Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

He served as a member of the board of directors of Legal Services NYC from 1999 to 2009, and he was vice chair from 2003 to 2007. He was a member of the executive committee of the poverty law section of the Association of American Law Schools and was chair in 1999–2000. From 2000 to 2008, he was a member of the board of directors of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice. He was also a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Task Force on New Lawyers in a Changing Profession. In fall 1999, he was scholar-in-residence at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law.

He received an AB and a JD, both magna cum laude, from Harvard University, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He then clerked for the Honorable Walter R. Mansfield of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He worked for the Legal Aid Society in New York, where he was a staff attorney in the civil appeals and law reform unit.

In 1991, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York honored him with a legal services award. In 2014, the AALS Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities awarded Dean Diller the Deborah L. Rhode Award for his leadership in legal education and public service.

The Dean’s Leadership Team

The following leadership positions at Fordham Law report directly to Dean Diller:

  • Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
  • Associate Dean, Research
  • Associate Dean, Experiential Learning
  • Assistant Dean/Assistant Vice President, Development
  • Assistant Dean, Administration
  • Assistant Dean, Career Planning Center
  • Assistant Dean, Enrollment Services,
  • Senior Director, Communications,
  • Director, Finance

Linda Sugin – Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Linda Sugin is the associate dean for academic affairs and a professor of law at Fordham Law School. She has been on the faculty since 1994 and has taught courses in Federal Taxation, Tax Policy, Nonprofit Organizations, Corporations, Contracts, and Quantitative Methods. Sugin was the 2007 recipient of Fordham Law School’s Teacher of the Year Award. Her scholarly interests focus on issues of distributive justice in taxation and the governance of nonprofit organizations. She is co-author of a textbook for the basic course on federal income taxation, The Individual Tax Base, published by West. Most of her recent scholarship focuses on issues of distributive justice in taxation, including her 2018 articles: “The Social Meaning of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” published the Yale Law Journal Forum and “Competitive Philanthropy: Charitable Naming Rights, Inequality, and Social Norms,” published in the Ohio State Law Journal. Her op-eds have appeared in the New York Times and elsewhere, and she is regularly quoted in the media on issues of nonprofit governance. Sugin spearheaded the law school’s adoption of a required mini-course in Quantitative Methods for Lawyers.

As associate dean, Sugin has been implementing the law school’s strategic plan focusing on the student experience, including developing a variety of programs related to Professionalism and Leadership. In 2018-19, she started a peer-mentorship program for second-year students working with third-year student mentors. In connection with that program, she created and teaches a class for all participating mentors.

Sugin is a graduate of Harvard College and New York University (NYU) Law School. After law school, she clerked in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals for Chief Judge Wilfred Feinberg, practiced tax law at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson, and began her academic career as an acting assistant professor in the tax LLM program at NYU Law School. She is a member of the New York bar and the American Law Institute.

 

Units overseen by Sugin in her role of associate dean for academic affairs are depicted below:

Forward Campaign – Campaign For The Fordham Law Experience

Under the leadership of Dean Diller, Fordham Law has embarked upon a fundraising campaign, aptly named “Forward.” The student experience is paramount to the Forward campaign. If Fordham Law is to attract a talented and diverse class year after year, then the School must ensure every single student feels valued and engaged. Opportunities to interact are plentiful, but the School must guarantee these interactions lead to even more meaningful connections.

Forward will focus on three aspects of the student experience:

  • Getting In—Recruitment and Retention
    • Financial Aid
    • Diversity Recruitment
    • Pipeline Programs
  • Gearing Up—Personal and Professional Development
    • House System
    • Student Life Initiatives
    • Diversity Programs
    • Professional Skills and Writing Center
    • Global Opportunities
    • Student Services
  • Going Beyond—Careers and Passion
  • Postgraduate Fellowships
  • Loan Repayment Assistance Program
  • Stein Scholars and Public Interest Fellowships
  • Career Planning

For more information about the capital campaign, please visit: https://www.fordham.edu/info/28923/forward_campaign

Student Body

There are approximately 1,245 student enrolled at Fordham University School of Law.

Student Demographics

White:                                  62.2%

Hispanic:                             11.4%

Asian:                                   9.7%

Black or African

American:                           5.1%

Unknown:                           5.1%

International                     4.4%

Two or More Races:         2%

American Indian:             0.1%

Pacific Islander:               0.1%

Full-time Enrolled:         1,077

Gender Distribution

Female:
53.4%

Male:
46.6%

Student: Faculty Ratio   6.6:1

Institution & Location

Institutional Background – Fordham University

The origins of Fordham University can be traced to 1839 when John Hughes, the Bishop of New York, bought 100 acres at Rose Hill in the Fordham section of what was then Westchester County. Though facing financial difficulties in starting St. John’s College, Bishop Hughes, a poor Irish immigrant himself, saw education as the indispensable means for his immigrant flock to break out of the cycle of poverty and better themselves economically and socially in their adopted homeland. St. John’s College opened its doors in 1841 as a diocesan institution with a grand total of six students.

For both financial and personnel reasons, in 1846 Bishop Hughes was happy to sell St. John’s College to a religious order with an international reputation as professional educators—the Society of Jesus. Throughout the later nineteenth century, St. John’s College remained a small liberal arts college.

From College to University

In 1904 the president, Father John J. Collins, SJ, announced that St. John’s College would become a university, but the transition from St. John’s College to Fordham University was a gradual process spread over several decades. The process began in 1905 with the opening of the first of two graduate schools. The first graduate school, the Medical School, opened and subsequently closed within 16 years. However, the second graduate school, the Law School, flourished from the beginning despite a somewhat nomadic existence that necessitated four changes of location in the first ten years.

In the fifteen years between 1905 and 1920, Fordham gradually assumed the dimensions of a genuine university with the establishment of several additional Schools and Colleges, though this was not without many challenges. In 1936, Father Gannon was brought in from St. Peter’s College to lead the university.  He is regarded as the first modern president of Fordham. He brought stability to the Office of the President and over a 13-year period, from 1936 to 1949, guided the university through lean years of the Depression and World War II and oversaw rapid expansion in the post-war years. He strengthened the academic reputation, curtailed the football program to the delight of some and the outrage of others, and gave Fordham its own radio station. He also separated the office of the rector of the Jesuit community from that of the university president, became an indefatigable fundraiser, and gave Fordham high visibility in New York City through his frequent appearances and speeches at public events. He was the first president of Fordham University to become a well-known figure in New York City.

The Lincoln Center Campus

A major milestone in the development of Fordham University took place with the establishment of the Lincoln Center Campus in the 1960s. Fordham’s new Manhattan campus actually had an inauspicious beginning in December 1954, when Father Laurence J. McGinley, SJ, the President of Fordham, asked Robert Moses, New York City’s master planner and quintessential power broker, if Fordham could rent five floors in the new Coliseum office building to be constructed at Columbus Circle. Moses turned down the initial request and in its place suggested that Fordham assume a role in what became known as the Lincoln Square Urban Renewal Project, one block west of the Coliseum. This project was also responsible for the creation of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and included the Juilliard School.

That conversation between Robert Moses and Father McGinley started the most important dream in Fordham’s history. The Lincoln Center campus of Fordham University gradually took shape between 1961, when the Law School building was dedicated, and 1969, when the Lowenstein Building became the home of a new liberal arts college and the graduate schools of Education, Social Service, and Business Administration. In August 2014, the Law School moved into a new, state-of-the-art building at Lincoln Center—part of a 22-story structure also housing 425 undergraduate students—and its former building was then renovated to accommodate the Gabelli School of Business.

To read more about the history of Fordham University, please visit: https://www.fordham.edu/info/25690/fordham_s_history

Mission

Fordham University, the Jesuit University of New York, is committed to the discovery of Wisdom and the transmission of Learning, through research and through undergraduate, graduate, and professional education of the highest quality. Guided by its Catholic and Jesuit traditions, Fordham fosters the intellectual, moral, and religious development of its students and prepares them for leadership in a global society.

Strategic Plan

A Strategic Framework for Fordham’s Future, the adoption of which was announced by Fordham University President Joseph M. McShane, SJ, on October 25, 2016, is a milestone in the University’s planning process. It replaces a decades-old static approach with a dynamic strategy that focuses on perfecting the process of providing Fordham students with an excellent Jesuit education.

The three main goals of the planning process are:

  • To ensure the University is responsive to new trends in higher education
  • To empower faculty and staff to share in decisions that will affect the University’s future
  • To allow each department to contribute to the process in a way that benefits their faculty, staff, and the communities they serve

These goals emerge from the University’s Jesuit mission and the need to be attentive to the needs of providing high quality education in the diverse, ever-changing landscapes of New York City and U.S. higher education.

To read more about the strategic plan:

https://news.fordham.edu/university-news/board-of-trustees-adopts-new-strategic-plan/

University Leadership

Joseph M. McShane, SJ – President

A native of New York, Father McShane entered the Society of Jesus in 1967 and was ordained a priest in 1977. He received both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Boston College, and master’s degrees in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley in 1977. He completed his doctorate, in the history of Christianity, at the University of Chicago in 1981.

He served as a member of the Department of Religious Studies at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York, from 1981 to 1992. He served as the dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill from 1992 to 1998. In 1998, he became president of the University of Scranton, a post that he held until he returned to Fordham in 2003 to assume the Fordham presidency.

Father McShane’s leadership team includes:

  • Margaret T. Ball, Esq.
    Secretary of the University
  • John W. Buckley
    Vice President for Admission and Student Financial Services
  • Jeffrey Gray
    Senior Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Martha K. Hirst
    Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
  • Dennis C. Jacobs, PhD
    Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Michael C. McCarthy, SJ
    Vice President for Mission Integration and Planning
  • Roger A. Milici, Jr.
    Vice President for Development and University Relations
  • Nicholas Milowski
    Vice President for Finance
  • Frank Simio
    Vice President for Lincoln Center
  • Peter A. Stace, PhD
    Senior Vice President for Enrollment and Strategy
  • Kay Turner, Esq.
    Vice President for Human Resources
  • Marco A. Valera
    Vice President for Facilities Management

Academic Programs and Faculty of Fordham University

Fordham University is comprised of nine schools, operating across three campuses (residential campuses at Rose Hill in the Bronx and Lincoln Center in Manhattan and a branch campus in Westchester, New York).

  • Undergraduate Schools
  • Fordham College at Rose Hill
  • Fordham College at Lincoln Center
  • Gabelli School of Business
  • School of Professional and Continuing Studies
  • Graduate Schools
  • Gabelli School of Business
  • Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • Graduate School of Education
  • Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education
  • Graduate School of Social Service
  • School of Law

Faculty Demographics and Other Key Statistics

735         Full-time Instructors
58%       Men
42%        Women
28%       Underrepresented Populations

437         Tenured Faculty
63%        Men
37%        Women
16%        Underrepresented Populations

833         Part-Time Instructional Staff
50%       Men
50%       Women
18%        Underrepresented Populations

93% of faculty hold a PhD or other terminal degrees

15:1 undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio
22 students average class size

31 Jesuits at Fordham (18 faculty; 13 administrators)

168 Fulbright Scholarships since 2003
1,597 Awards and Scholarships since 2003
76% health professional school acceptance rate
1 M over one million community service hours annually
2,600 NYC-based internship companies

The Student Body

Demographic Data

16,037  students in nine schools
9,599    undergraduates
2,283    freshmen students
6,438    graduate and professional students

57.5%   Women
42.5%   Men

28.2%   Underrepresented Populations
14.3%    Hispanic
9.8%     Asian
3.9%      African American
3.4%      Two or more racial groups
0.1%      American Indian/Alaskan
0.1%      Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

Geographical origins:
46 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Federal States of Micronesia, Puerto Rico, and 74 countries

About New York, New York

The City of New York is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2018 population of 8,398,748 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles, New York is also the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world and exerts a significant impact upon commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, tourism, art, fashion, and sports. The city’s fast pace has inspired the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is also an important center for international diplomacy.

Benefits Overview

As an employee of Fordham University School of Law, the following benefits are available:

  • Health Insurance – United Healthcare
  • Dental Insurance – Cigna
  • Vision Insurance – VSP
  • Retirement Plans – TIAA and Fidelity
  • Supplemental Retirement Options
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life and Disability Insurance
  • Vacation, Sick, Personal Leave, and Holidays – employees of less than five years receive 15 days of vacation annually; two personal days per calendar year; 12 sick days per calendar year; 16 paid holidays, plus Election Day in a Presidential Election Year; Summer Break includes six Fridays off during the summer following Independence Day; the University closes during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day
  • Educational Benefits – after six months of employment, eligible employee receives 100 percent tuition remission, maximum 24 credits for an academic year; dependents are eligible for 100 percent tuition remission, no credit limit
  • Tuition Exchange Program – national undergraduate scholarship program for dependent children of full-time employees

Please visit the following page for additional information: https://www.fordham.edu/info/23398/benefits

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Valerie B. Szymkowicz at vbs@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the Fordham University School of Law website at: www.fordham.edu/info/20346/school_of_law

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering an exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 16,000 students in its 9 colleges and schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre in the United Kingdom.

Fordham University is committed to excellence through diversity and welcomes candidates of all backgrounds.
Fordham is an Equal Opportunity Employer –Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories.