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Akane Zusho

Interim DeanAkane Zusho, Ph.D.
Education: Ph.D., education and psychology, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor; M.A. and B.A. in psychology, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Prior to becoming Interim Dean, Zusho was appointed Associate Dean of the GSE on March 16, 2020, just three days after Fordham GSE shifted to online instruction. Previously, Zusho served as the school’s Chair of the Division of Psychological and Educational Services, and Professor of School Psychology. After a short time as a visiting assistant professor at Michigan State University, she came to Fordham in 2004 as an assistant professor in Educational Psychology. In 2010, she became affiliated with the GSE’s school psychology program, which she subsequently co-directed from 2013-2016.

Considered to be an expert on topics related to student motivation, self-regulated learning, and differentiation of instruction, particularly regarding schooling experiences of students of color, Zusho’s expertise is especially essential for addressing today’s current educational issues of online learning and systemic microagressions and racism.

To date, Zusho has written close to 50 publications. Her work was specifically recognized in 2012, when she received the Richard E. Snow Early Contributions Award from the American Psychological Association (Division 15 – Educational Psychology). In 2018, she co-authored a textbook for teachers with Rhonda Bondie, a former GSE assistant professor now at Harvard University, titled Differentiating Instruction Made Practical: Engaging the Extremes Through Classroom Routines. Additionally, she currently serves on the editorial board of the American Educational Research Journal.

Jane BolgatzJane Bolgatz

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
In addition to serving as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Bolgatz is Associate Professor of social studies education in the Division of Curriculum and Teaching at Fordham University Graduate School of Education. Before she joined the Fordham faculty, she taught social studies and language arts for seven years.




Anita Vazquez-BatistiAnita Batisti

Research Areas: Arts in Education, Educational MediaAssociate Dean for Educational Partnerships
Education: BA, CUNY (Baruch College); MS, CUNY (Hunter College); PhD, 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.

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. 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.