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.

  • José Luis Alvarado, Dean of Graduate School of Education

    José Luis Alvarado

    Dean, Graduate School of Education
    Email: [email protected]

    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.

    Watch the video below to learn more about GSE programs and read more about the dean here.

    Office of the Dean

    Diane Rodriguez, Ph.D.

    Associate Dean
    Professor, Curriculum and Teaching
    [email protected]

    Education: Ph.D. in Language Learning and Literacy with a specialization in special education, Fordham University; Master’s Degree in Bilingual Special Education, Fordham University, Bachelor’s Degree in Language Arts Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico.  

    Diane Rodriguez, Ph.D., is the Graduate School of Education Associate Dean and a professor in the Division of Curriculum and Teaching.

    Rodriguez assumed the position of associate dean for academic affairs of the Graduate School of Education effective June 1, 2022. She joined the Fordham University faculty in the fall of 2012. Rodriguez's primary research interest is at the intersection of special education, bilingual education and multicultural education, and teacher preparation. She has received numerous grants from the U.S. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services and the Office of English Language Acquisition. Rodriguez has been an invited speaker at national and international conferences on special education and bilingual education, including interviews on Telemundo, NBC, and PBS. She continues her work to provide training in bilingual education and special education to international audiences, and has published extensively in journals. Rodriguez is also the co-author of several books published by Teachers College Press:

    Herrera, S., Rodriguez, D., & Cabral, R. (2023). Equitable and Inclusive Teaching for Diverse Learners with Disabilities. A Biography Driven Approach. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

    Campbell, G., Rodriguez, D. & Agrawal J. (2021). STEAM Meets Story: Using Adolescent Fiction and Film to Spark Deeper Learning. New York: NY: Teachers College Press.

    Rodríguez, D., Carrasquillo, A., & Lee, S. (2014). The bilingual advantage: Promoting academic development and biliteracy through native language in the classroom. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

    Notably, Univision selected Rodriguez as an example of "Orgullo de Nuestra Comunidad" [pride of our community], which highlights individuals who give back to the community. Specifically, she was recognized for her work with individuals with disabilities in a Univision-created on-air vignette which has run on national television. Rodriguez is the founder of Every Girl is Important, a non-for-profit organization to educate and empower young girls, which has been showcased on Telemundo.


    Revette Hinkson

    Revette Hinkson
    Administrative Assistant
    [email protected]


    Anisa Torres-Sanchez
    Director of Financial Aid
    113 West 60th Street
    Room 1120B
    [email protected]


    Joan Colasuonno
    Budget Administrator
    113 West 60th Street
    Room 1120E
    [email protected]


    Lynn Hooley
    Director of Assessment and Accreditation
    Westchester Campus
    Room 234A
    [email protected]

  • Curriculum and Teaching Division
    Aida Nevarez-La Torre, Ed.D. 
    Division Chair and Associate Professor, Curriculum and Teaching
    113 West 60th Street
    Room 1102-D
    Phone: 212-636-6475
    Email: [email protected]

    Karen Andronico
    Director of Field-Based Education and Accountability
    113 West 60th Street
    Room 1102-E
    Phone: 212-636-6491

    James Welch
    Executive Assistant
    113 West 60th Street
    Room 1102
    Phone: 212-636-6450

    Psychological and Educational Services
    Position Pending
    Division Chair, Psychological and Educational Services
    Please contact the dean's office, [email protected], or 212-636-6409.
    Elizabeth Casey
    Director of Field-Based Experience and Accountability
    113 West 60th Street
    Alicia Bowen
    Executive Secretary
    113 West 60th Street
    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
    Email: [email protected]
    Stanley Kaminsky
    Coordinator of Field Internships Adjunct Professor
    113 West 60th Street
    Linda Negron
    Executive Secretary, Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy
    113 West 60th Street
    Room 1119
    [email protected]
  • Abraham Johnson
    Director of Admissions and Enrollment Services
    113 West 60th Street
    Suite 1108
    [email protected]

    Navin Kumar
    Admissions Counselor
    113 West 60th Street
    Suite 1108
    [email protected]

    Nanette Michel
    Executive Secretary
    113 West 60th Street
    Suite 1108
    [email protected]

  • Anita Vazquez-Batisti

    Research Areas: Arts in Education, Educational Media

    Associate Dean for Educational Partnerships
    Email: [email protected]
    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.

    Monica Triana
    Administration Assistant
    Leon Lowenstein, Room 1108
    [email protected] 

  • Veronica Szczygiel

    Veronica Szczygiel, Ph.D.
    Director of Online Learning
    Room 1024B
    [email protected]

    On Campus: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Remote: Tuesday & Thursday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    Michael Taylor

    Michael Taylor
    Student Success Counselor
    Room 1120A
    [email protected]

    On Campus: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Remote: Tuesday & Thursday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    Eugeniu Grigorescu

    Eugeniu Grigorescu
    Assistant Director of Online Learning
    Graduate School of Education
    113 W. 60th Street, Room 1024B
    New York, NY 10023
    (646) 293-3960

    On Campus: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Remote: Tuesday & Thursday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    Eugeniu Grigorescu has expertise in instructional design and an amazing experience in all things higher ed--from faculty development and accessibility standards to assessment and accreditation. He is no stranger to Jesuit education having spent over twenty years working at the University of Scranton.

    Eugeniu is a professional skillful at integrating technology into academic settings. With a MS in Instructional Technologies and a BA in Sociology, both from Bloomsburg University, he possesses a unique blend of pedagogical insight and technological proficiency.

    During his tenure at the University of Scranton as Associate Director and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, Eugeniu demonstrated exceptional leadership in identifying faculty needs and implementing tailored solutions for teaching enhancement. He was instrumental in developing and delivering impactful teaching workshops, fostering professional development among faculty. Eugeniu adeptly administered learning management systems such as Blackboard, ANGEL and Brightspace, providing crucial training to faculty and staff. Notably, he played a pivotal role in ensuring the continuity of academic services during and post the COVID-19 pandemic, championing remote instruction initiatives.

    Eugeniu’s expertise extends to accessibility standards as he led a team of academic disability accommodation professionals and implemented Accommodate, a case management system for students with disabilities.  Moreover, he was an ex-officio member of the assessment office and co-chair of the educational assessment standard self-study document in preparation for the Middle State Committee on Higher Education accreditation process.