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GSE Deans

Graduate School of Education Administration

James Hennessy FordhamJames J. Hennessy (1974)

Dean, Professor
B.A., M.A., St. John’s University; Ph.D., New York University: Counseling Psychology, Counseling Theory, Criminal Behavior, Human Development, Moral Development, Personality Assessment, Violence Prevention, Measurement, At-Risk Youth, Delinquency, School Psychometrics

James J. Hennessy is dean of, and a professor in, the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University, where he taught on a variety of subjects in psychology and testing. He has co-authored four books on the psychology of criminal and aggressive behavior, co-edited a book on research ethics and fraud, and most recently co-edited a book on drug court research.

Dr. Hennessy has published extensively in the psychological and criminal justice literature, and recently was guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation devoted to drug court research. He is the author or co-author of more than 50 articles and has presented more than 75 papers at major conferences.

His professional affiliations include the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, The American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.

Rita Brause FordhamRita S. Brause (1975)

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor
B.S., M.A., Ed.D., New York University: Language Development (Spoken and Written), Literacy Education, Teaching/Learning, Teacher Research

Dr. Brause is Professor of Education. Knowing our society’s youth are frequently Enduring Schools, she has been committed to transforming those experiences. Starting as a New York City middle school English teacher, and continuing her connection to students, classrooms, and schools, she conducts research and consult with settings individually, with colleagues, and with doctoral students. Her research approaches typically use qualitative, ethnographic, and hypothesis-generating lenses.

Her participation in professional organizations includes conference chair and executive board memberships in the NCTE Conference on English Education, Chair of the NCTE Standing Committee on Reading, and frequent national and international conference presentations.

She continues to be energized and optimistic about contributing to schooling as a positive experience for students and teachers. At this writing, she is seeking to understand more about issues such as charter schools, new technologies, the teaching-learning connection in general and teacher education in particular.

Anita Vasquez-BatistaAnita Vasquez-Batisti (2006)

Associate Dean for Educational Partnerships.
Educational Partnerships Center
BBA., CUNY (Baruch College); MS, CUNY (Hunter College); PhD, Fordham University: Arts in Education, Educational Media

Anita Batisti is Associate Dean for Partnerships, and during the course of her career has served as an administrator, educator and development specialist for New York City Community School Districts, The New York City Department of Education, Fordham University, Pace University, New York University, The United States Department of Education, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and not-for-profit organizations.

She is an experienced, knowledgeable administrator and fundraiser who understands the complexities and subtleties of the New York City school system, related service providers and empowered networks. She has raised over $200 million from public and private sources.

Dean Batisti is the founding Director of the Center for Educational Partnerships which serves over 700 schools, 1000 K-12 teachers, 100 administrators, and 60,000 students in New York State.

Dean Batisti oversees three New York State funded technical assistance centers that focus on national origin/equity and access and the New York State funded Long Island/Westchester BETLA. She is also the CEO of the Fordham University Partnership Support Organization (PSO) 2007, serving as the leader of only one of two universities in New York City in this exclusive network of service providers (as part of Mayor Bloomberg/Chancellor Klein’s new comprehensive and educational reform), to 25 New York City public schools, grades Pre-K through 12, enrolling over 16,000 students.

Tami Masson (1983)

Assistant Dean for Administrative Services
BA, MSW, MSE, Fordham University. Organizational and Systems Development. Clinical Practice. Addictive Behavior

Linda Horisk (2007)

Assistant Dean for Enrollment Services.
GSE Admissions Office
BA, California State University, Dominguez Hills; MS, SUNY New Paltz

Linda Horisk’s career in education started as a secondary English and social studies teacher before she became a high school assistant principal then principal. In 2006, she made a career change to higher education at Fordham University.

Initially, she was a career advisor for graduate school of education students and alumni. Since 2007, she has served as Assistant Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management for the Graduate School of Education.

In addition, Linda is involved in professional organizations in leadership positions and as a presenter at national conferences.  Currently, she serves as Special Projects Chair of JGAP (Jesuit Graduate Admissions Professionals) and Program Chair on NAGAP’s (National Graduate Admissions Professionals) 2012 Annual Conference Planning Committee.

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