Faith-Anne Dohm to serve as dean of Fairfield University’s Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions

Submitted by Lynn Holforty on September 19, 2013

Faith-Anne Dohm, Ph.D., professor of psychology, will serve as dean of Fairfield University’s Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions (GSEAP) for the 2013-2014 academic year, replacing Susan Franzosa, Ph.D., 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 will begin 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., Fairfield’s senior vice president for academic affairs. “Faith-Anne will also be a clear advocate for GSEAP within the University and the surrounding communities.”

Dr. Dohm earned her bachelor of science degree in psychology at Christopher Newport College in Virginia, followed by a master of arts degree in community clinical psychology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She holds 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. Her list of academic awards and honors, and her list of presentations at academic conferences are extensive, as is her service as a peer reviewer of the scholarship of her colleagues in her fields of inquiry.

Dr. Franzosa, who became dean in 2006, will take a sabbatical and return to the GSEAP faculty.

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

Dr. Franzosa 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 the program chair of the American Educational Studies Association annual conference.

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