Offices of the Dean
The principal administrator of each of the 10 schools of Fordham University is the Dean. The Dean of the College is responsible for administrating the programs of the College and represents the interests of the College within the wider University. The Dean works in collaboration with the faculty and, where appropriate, with student representatives, in the pursuit of the objectives of the school. In addition to this administrative position, the Dean may also hold faculty status in a department of the University. The dean is assisted by associate and assistant deans.
For most day-to-day academic matters, students should contact one of the associate or assistant deans. Among those matters which an assistant or associate dean can resolve are transferring credit from another college or University; declaring a major, a double major, or an individualized major; taking a summer course either at Fordham or elsewhere; and applying for a leave of absence or withdrawal from the College or a transfer to another school. Students expecting to graduate should have the assistant dean for seniors do a “graduation review” of their transcript before registering for their last semester of work.
New students may feel that seeing a dean means being in academic trouble. While deans do deal with students who have academic problems, their primary function is to oversee the intellectual life of the college. Deans may be able to help students define their problem and its impact on academic performance and develop an appropriate strategy for dealing with it.
The formation of a close and relaxed relationship with your deans is as important as the technicalities of transfer credit and course requirements. For freshmen, this relationship may make the transition to college life a smoother one. For sophomores, juniors, and seniors, it will lead to fewer problems and greater opportunities to enjoy the college experience. The deans wish to serve all students in completing their degrees, defining career goals, and enriching themselves intellectually.
Fordham College at Lincoln Center - Office of the Dean
Rev. Robert R. Grimes, S.J., Ph.D., Dean of Fordham College at Lincoln Center
Mark E. Mattson, Ph.D., Associate Dean
Lowenstein 821 (212) 636-6300
The College Council-Fordham College at Lincoln Center
From its very inception, Fordham College at Lincoln Center has recognized that, in order to achieve its objectives, it should foster the development of an academic community among its faculty, students, and administrators. This academic community has manifested itself in the establishment of the College Council. The College Council is a representative body of students, faculty, and administrators that assists in formulating policies for the College and making recommendations to appropriate University officers and bodies concerning University policies that affect the college. The Dean of the College serves as chairperson of the Council. The Dean of Students serves on the Council ex officio. Five students serve on the Council: three named by USG, one by the RHA, and one by the CSA.
Senior Advisory Board
Founded in 1998, the Dean’s Senior Advisory Board of FCLC is made up of seniors nominated by the previous year’s Advisory Board members. The Board meets with the Dean of FCLC three times each semester to give advice and make suggestions for the improvement of the college from a student perspective. Board meetings are also an opportunity for the Dean to hear a student voice to various ideas and programs in development in the college and the wider University.
Assistant Deans’ Office/Academic Advising Center
Lowenstein 804 houses the Assistant Deans for Fordham College at Lincoln Center. Information regarding academic advising, Academic Orientation, graduation review, Commencement and diploma ceremonies, Dean’s List, academic course listings, and registration is available to the entire undergraduate student population.
Rev. Vincent DeCola, S.J., Assistant Dean for First Year Experience (212) 636-6696
Arleen Pancza-Graham, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Sophomores (212) 636-6740
Joseph B. Desciak, M.S., Assistant Dean for Juniors and Transfer Students (212) 636-7454
Joseph Creamer, Ph.D, Assistant Dean for Seniors (212) 636-6350
Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Monday – Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Declaration of Major
Students are required to declare their majors by the second semester of their sophomore year or after reaching 45 credits. The student will meet with the Chair or Associate Chair of the Department to declare the major and to choose an advisor. Forms for declaring or changing a major or changing the advisor are available in the Assistant Deans’ Office/Academic Advising Center in Room 804.
Students are asked to review their transcripts and Degree Works audits, which they can obtain on-line, regularly with their advisor for completion of degree and major requirements. All students who have completed 86 or more credits by the end of the summer session must make an appointment with the Assistant Dean for Seniors in the fall to review their progress toward completing the degree requirements and to fill out a candidate for degree card. Students who expect to graduate in February, May, or August must file a candidate for degree card by the deadline date specified in the academic calendar. The deadline for filing for February 2012 graduation is September 16, 2011 and the deadline for May and August 2012 graduation is January 27, 2012. The commencement for February, May, and August 2012 graduates will take place on May 19, 2012. Students who plan to finish their degree requirements in summer 2012 will be August graduates and take part in commencement in May 2012.
Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies (FSPCS) – Office of the Dean
FSPCS offers evening, weekend and on-line courses for the convenience of working adults and other part-time students at the Lincoln Center, Rose Hill, and Westchester campuses.
Isabelle Frank, Ph.D., Dean of Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies
Cira T. Vernazza, M.A., Associate Dean
John Bach, M.A., Assistant Dean
(212) 636 - 6372
Monday - Thursday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Summer Hours: Monday - Friday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Declaration of Major
Students are recommended to declare their majors and/or minors by the end of their sophomore year (approximately 60 credits). To declare a major and/or minor, the student will meet with the Chair or Associate Chairof the Department at the Lincoln Center campus to review the major/minor requirements, approve any application of transfer credits to those programs and to choose an advisor. Forms for declaring or changing a major, declaring or changing a minor, and declaring or changing the academic advisor are available in the Dean’s Offices of the college (Lincoln Center campus, Room 301; Rose Hill campus, Keating 118; Westchester campus, 400 Westchester Ave.)
The School Council - Fordham School of Continuing and Professional Studies
In order to achieve its objectives and in keeping with University statutes, the School seeks to foster the development of an academic community among its faculty, students, and administrators. This academic community has manifested itself in the establishment of a PCS School Council, which will begin its work in the 2012-2013 academic year. The PCS School Council is a representative body of students, faculty, and administrators that assists in formulating policies for the School and making recommendations to appropriate University officers and bodies concerning policies that affect it.
Students are asked to review their academic transcripts on my.fordham.edu and their Degree Progress Worksheets, which are updated and distributed by the Dean’s Office, for completion of degree and major requirements. All students who have completed 86 or more credits by the end of the summer session should make an appointment with the Associate or Assistant Dean in the Fall term to review their progress toward completing the degree requirements and to Apply to Graduate on my.fordham.edu. Students who expect to graduate in February, May, or August must Apply to Graduate by the deadline date specified in the academic calendar. The deadline for filing for February graduation is in September and the deadline for May and August graduation is in January. The commencement for February, May, and August graduates will take place annual in late May. Students who plan to finish their degree requirements in the summer sessions will be August graduates and may take part in the May commencement if they are enrolled in their final courses.
Procedure for Appealing a Course Grade (FCLC and FSPCS)
An undergraduate who claims to have received an unfair grade in a course may use the following grievance procedure. The student must act in a timely manner following the steps below with the goal of resolving the grade grievance.
The student should set a meeting time and talk with the professor whose grade he or she is grieving during the semester or within one month of the beginning of the next semester.
If the grade grievance is not resolved to the satisfaction of the student, he or she may submit a written request for the grade change and the supporting justification to the Chairperson of the department or program in which the course was offered within two weeks of ending discussionwith the professor. The Chairperson will send a copy of this request to the professor.
The Department Chairperson will meet with the student within two weeks of receiving the student’s written request for the grade change. The Chairperson will also review the request with the professor.
-If the Chairperson finds the request for a grade change without merit, he/she will meet with the student and discuss the decision.
-If the Chairperson supports the request for a grade change, the chairperson will meet with the student and professor together or separately, as he or she deems best. If the professor believes the grade change is not merited, he or she will make his or her reasons clear to the Chairperson in writing, if requested by the Chairperson.
Should the student decide to appeal to the Associate Dean, he or she should inform the Chairperson within two weeks. The chairperson will act on this appeal by submitting a written report and supporting materials within two weeks to the Associate Dean of the College in which the course was taken.
The Associate Dean will review the materials and assemble an Appeals Committee of his or her choosing to advise in resolving the grade grievance. The Associate Dean will make a decision and submit a written report and the recommendation to the Academic Dean of the appropriate College before the end of the semester.
The Academic Dean of the appropriate college will review the materials, make a decision, and notify all parties of the decision. The Academic Dean’s decision is final.