Dr. Dohm named GSEAP dean

Dr. Faith-Anne Dohm, professor of psychology, will serve as dean of the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions (GSEAP) for the 2013-2014 academic year, replacing Dr. Susan Franzosa, who will step down after serving seven years as dean. The University will conduct a national search in the coming year for the next dean of the school.

Dr. Dohm began as dean on August 1. She has served as GSEAP’s senior associate dean since 2007.

“She will be an able supervisor of our professional staff members, and she will be an excellent mentor to faculty colleagues, with particular attention to the newest members of our community, guiding them towards success,” said the Rev. Paul Fitzgerald, S.J., senior vice president for academic affairs.

Dr. Dohm earned her bachelor of science degree in psychology at Christopher Newport College in Virginia, an M.A. in community clinical psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland Graduate School in Baltimore.

Dr. Dohm has been a member of the Fairfield University faculty since 1998 and a licensed psychologist in the state of Connecticut since 1990. She is the author or co-author of many peer-reviewed studies, several with student co-authors.

Dr. Franzosa, who became dean in 2006, will take a sabbatical and return to the GSEAP faculty. She oversaw GSEAP’s national accreditation in teacher education in 2008, approval of a number of new programs, and the formation of the GSEAP Advisory Board. She served on Gov. Dannel Malloy’s task force on Teacher Preparation (EPAC) and the executive council of the Bridgeport Higher Education Alliance, as president of the American Educational Studies Association, and as program chair of the American Educational Studies Association annual conference.

“During her tenure, GSEAP matured on a number of fronts, and Dr. Franzosa is in large part responsible for leading that growth and innovation,” noted University President Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J.