GSE Administration and Staff

The Fordham University administration and staff that lead the Graduate School of Education departments are key to our student-centered educational environment. They assist you as you apply to the degree programs, and they provide ongoing guidance and advisement as you progress through your program. They set up your classes, arrange your field placements, facilitate your research, and ensure that the activities of the school run smoothly. They administer the programs and provide careful attention so you’ll feel empowered, cared for, and challenged to pursue a meaningful career.

  • Jose' Luis Alvarado, Ph.D., GSE Dean

    José Luis Alvarado

    Dean, Graduate School of Education

    Education: Ph.D. in special education, University of Virginia; M.A. in special education, San Diego State University; B.A. in psychology, San Diego State University. Dean Alvarado also holds California Learning Handicapped Specialist and Multiple Subject Bilingual teaching credentials. 

    José Luis Alvarado, Ph.D., assumed the position of dean of the Graduate School of Education effective July 1, 2021. He previously served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Cal State Los Angeles, founding dean of the College of Education at California State University Monterey Bay, and associate dean of the College of Education at San Diego State University.

    Alvarado is an administrative leader who describes his leadership style as a combination of collaborative leadership and shared governance where the faculty will have input, and in leading by example, a servant leader. He is looking forward to collaborating with the faculty to establish a collective understanding of the direction and goals for the school and building pathways to more interdisciplinary work within the school and across the university. He seeks to become actively engaged in program development and delivery, and positively impact student outcomes.

    Office of the Dean

    Diane Rodriguez, Ph.D.
    Associate Dean
    Professor, Curriculum and Teaching
    113 West 60th Street
    Room 1121A

    Carolyn Velazquez-Atis
    Director of Administration, Records, and Strategic Initiatives
    113 West 60th Street
    Room 1121

    Anisa Torres-Sanchez
    Director of Financial Aid
    Room 1120B

    Joan Colasuonno
    Budget Administrator
    Room 1120E

  • Curriculum and Teaching Division
    Chun Zhang
    Division Chair and Professor, Curriculum and Teaching
    113 West 60th Street
    Room 1102A
    Karen Andronico
    Director of Field-Based Education and Accountability
    Room 1102-E

    James Welch
    Executive Assistant
    Room 1102

    Psychological and Educational Services
    Fran Blumberg, Ph.D.
    Division Chair, Psychological and Educational Services
    Professor, Counseling Psychology
    113 West 60th Street
    Lowenstein 1012B
    Elizabeth Casey
    Director of Field-Based Experience and Accountability
    Room 1008E
    Alicia Bowen
    Executive Secretary
    Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy Division
    Margaret Terry Orr, Ph.D.
    Division Chair and Professor, Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy
    113 W. 60th Street
    Room 1119D
    Phone: 212-636-6432
    Fax: 212-636-7875
    Stanley Kaminsky
    Coordinator of Field Internships Adjunct Professor
    Room 1119A
    Linda Negron
    Executive Secretary, Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy
    Room 1119
  • Abraham Johnson
    Director of Admissions and Enrollment Services
    45 Columbus, 2nd Floor

    Navin Kumar
    Admissions Counselor
    45 Columbus, 2nd Floor

    Nanette Michel
    Executive Secretary
    45 Columbus, 2nd Floor

    Matthew A. Sawh
    Director, Advanced Placement Institutes

  • Anita Vazquez-BatistiAnita Batisti

    Research Areas: Arts in Education, Educational Media

    Associate Dean for Educational Partnerships
    Education: B.A., CUNY (Baruch College); M.S., CUNY (Hunter College); Ph.D., Fordham University

    During the course of her career, Anita Batisti, Ph.D., 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 various 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.

    Associate Dean Batisti is the founding Director of the Center for Educational Partnerships, which serves over 700 schools, 1,000 K-12 teachers, 100 administrators, and 60,000 students in New York State.

    Associate Dean Batisti oversees three New York State-funded technical assistance centers that focus on national origin, equity, and access. She is also the CEO of the Fordham University Partnership Support Organization (PSO), serving as the leader of only one of two universities in New York City in this exclusive network of service providers.


    Alejandro Caycedo
    Operations and Finance Specialist
    Leon Lowenstein, Room 1108

    Michael E. Pizzingrillo
    Senior Project Associate
    Joseph A. Martino Hall, Room 722

    Monica Triana
    Administration Assistant
    Leon Lowenstein, Room 1108

  • Rachel Eunjoon Um
    Director of Online Learning
    Westchester Campus Room
    233 914-367-3468

    Veronica Szczygiel
    Assistant Director for Online Learning
    Room 1102-H

    Lynn Hooley
    Administrative Program Assistant, Office of Online Learning
    Westchester Campus Room 234A