Message from the Dean

A multitude of forces is demanding that higher education change to accommodate a brand new world, a new reality, a different landscape in which the present and future are dynamic and uncertain. Today’s institutions of higher education must transform and adapt to an array of new roles and responsibilities, from serving the most racially, socioeconomically, and academically diverse student population in history to making a quality education affordable, scalable, and global. To meet these new opportunities, institutions of higher education are seeking individuals with a unique portfolio of knowledge and skills that will enable them to tackle competitive challenges and implement new and effective organizational strategies. 

The Master’s in Higher Education Administration provides distinctive learning opportunities in an applied setting, guiding students in the development of strategic and organizational agility to become effective leaders in the American higher education sector. Graduates of this program will gain the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to move into administrative positions of increasing responsibility and have a greater impact on the transformation of higher education communities. 

This is an exciting moment in higher education. Traditional assumptions are being challenged. A shift is occurring in how we think about when, where, and with whom the dynamic of teaching and learning takes place; providing relevant student services to the new traditional students, non-traditional learners; bundling and unbundling; and assessing the effectiveness of teaching, learning, and administration. There is a growing need for institutions of higher education, whether they be public, private, nonprofit, or for profit, to adapt to rapid advancements in digital technology, increasing student mobility, and to the cultural and economic changes and complexities of the 21st century. Among the most competitive industries in the United States, the colleges and universities that will be poised to achieve their missions and visions are those who attract and retain talented, bold, and entrepreneurial thinkers and leaders.    

I invite you to explore Georgetown University as you seek to advance your career in higher education, a field that is increasingly complex and rich with opportunity.

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Kelly J. Otter, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Continuing Studies

Dr. Stephanie Kim
Faculty Director and Assistant Professor of the Practice

Dr. Kim brings to SCS a wealth of experience. She has held a number of teaching, research, and academic leadership positions over the last nine years, most recently at the University of California, Berkeley where she was the program director of the Center for Korean Studies. She has also worked with the Center for International and Development Education at the University of California, Los Angeles on international education projects funded by USAID and the State Department, and was a Fulbright scholar in South Korea.

Dr. Kim’s teaching and research focus on the intersection of globalization and higher education reform. She is interested in how nations, institutions, and individuals aspire to “global” status, focusing on both organizational changes in response to globalization and transnational mobility patterns of students and scholars. She also looks at cross-border circulations of institutional practices and pedagogical methods. Her scholarly work has appeared in journals such as Comparative Education, Compare, and The Journal of Korean Studies, as well as in a number of edited volumes on higher education. Her work has also been prominently profiled by the Times Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed and supported by grants and fellowships from the Fulbright IIE program, Social Science Research Council, and Korea Foundation. She is currently working on a book manuscript on higher education reform and increased student mobility between Asia and the United States.

Dr. Kim holds a Ph.D. in education from the University of California, Los Angeles, a master’s degree in global affairs from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Jason Nunzio Dorio
Subject Matter Expert

Dr. Jason Nunzio Dorio has been a lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and California State University, Long Beach, and a visiting scholar at the American University in Cairo, Egypt facilitating various comparative and international education courses. Jason’s teaching and research interests focus on relationships between forms of citizenship education, universities, and the state throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East (North Africa, Southwest Asia and Southern Europe) regions. Broader comparative and international education interests include teacher education, political sociology of education, critical pedagogy, youth activism and social movements, and global citizenship education. He has published articles on university student activism, university citizenship education, and teaching critical models of university global citizenship education. His is also a co-editor of a forthcoming book from Routledge entitled: The Struggle for Citizenship Education in Egypt: (Re)Imagining Subjects and Citizens.

Jason holds a BA in History, a Social Science Teaching Credential, and MA in Education from California State University, Long Beach, and received a PhD in Education specializing in Social Sciences and Comparative Education from UCLA.

Dr. Thomas Fuhr

Dr. Thomas Fuhr is a former college administrator who brings more than 35 years of experience in various senior-level academic positions with two-year, four-year public and private colleges in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New York. His passion and life-time professional commitment has been to further serve the educational and career aspirations of non-traditional adult students. He has served on the national governing boards of the Association for Continuing Higher Education and the North American Association of Summer Sessions.

He has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in Business Administration and Organizational Leadership, including doctoral-level programs in Executive Leadership and Higher Education Leadership. Dr. Fuhr earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from The American University, a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration from East Carolina University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from The American University.

He is also brings additional insights and perspectives to Higher Education administration gained from his 10-year experience in the “for-profit” sector where he served as Vice-President for Sales and Customer Relations for a large land development and residential home builder in suburban Washington, D.C.

Jonathan Kaplan

Jonathan Kaplan has served in a variety of leadership positions in higher education and the public sector. Most recently, he served as President & CEO of Walden University, one of the largest online graduate schools in the world, and CEO of the Online division at Laureate Education, the leading global higher education company. Jonathan was responsible for the division’s strategic, operational, educational and financial performance and direction, as well as for advancing innovative learning models such as competency-based education.

Jonathan has served on a number of boards, including as an observer on the board of directors for Coursera, an education technology company offering massive open online courses (MOOCs) around the world. He also served on the board of the Presidents’ Forum, an organization of presidents of accredited institutions focused on advancing excellence and innovation in online education. Jonathan was appointed in 2013 by a bipartisan group of U.S. senators to serve on a Congressional task force conducting a comprehensive review of federal higher education regulations and laws.

Jonathan graduated cum laude from Harvard College with a BA in government. He received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Boston University Law Review. He resides in Bethesda, Maryland, with his family.

Dr. Mona Levine

Dr. Mona Levine has over thirty years of experience in leadership, administration and instruction in both research universities and community colleges.

Dr. Levine is currently a higher education consultant after serving as Associate Vice President for Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment at the University of Maryland for nine years.  Previous to her position at Maryland, she was a senior administrator and faculty member at Montgomery College.  Dr. Levine is the Immediate Past Chair of the American Association of Universities Data Exchange.  She holds a BA in Economics and an MBA from the University of Maryland, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Tim Miller

Dr. Miller currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs at James Madison University (JMU) and has responsibility for a range of student services at this mid-size public institution in the Shenandoah valley of Virginia. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice from James Madison University and his Doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning from the George Washington University. His dissertation examined the decision-making of University Presidents and how they evolved during their time in office. He has served as an adjunct faculty member and guest lecturer in Public Health, Sociology, Higher Education Administration, and Human and Organizational Learning since 2004 and will begin teaching in the College Student Personnel Program at JMU in the Spring of 2019.

Previously, Dr. Miller has served in a range of roles at the George Washington University, the University of South Carolina, and James Madison University. In his over 22 year career, Professor Miller has overseen a range of areas within University leadership including community service, service-learning, outdoor education and experiential learning, leadership development, new student orientation, LGBTQ resources and support, student involvement, fraternity and sorority life, counseling and health, university recreation, judicial affairs, student union management, and residence life. He has presented at a variety of regional and national conferences including NASPA, ACPA, ACUI, ACUHO-I, NACA, and the VA Student Services Conference and facilitated trainings on a variety of topics. He has been awarded the MLK Service Award, The George Washington Award, the Staff member of the year award, and the Ralph Stone Award from GW’s Executive Leadership Program for academic excellence.

Dr. Patrick Rombalski
Subject Matter Expert

Dr. Patrick Rombalski is the Senior Director of Campus Operations for Chamberlain University. He brings more than 30 years of experience in higher education and nonprofit management. Prior to joining Chamberlain, Dr. Rombalski was a higher education consultant. His previous roles in higher education include Vice President of Student Affairs at Boston College and John Carroll University, where he was also Dean of Students. For 14 years, Dr. Rombalski served as Executive Director and Vice President of the Board of Directors for Rostro de Cristo, a 501(c)(3) organization in Ecuador.

Dr. Rombalski has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Scranton, John Carroll University, and Boston College. His work has been published in Case Studies for Implementing Assessment in Student Affairs, Understanding Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities and Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education. He has contributed to the industry as a peer evaluator for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). He has served on various boards including the Association of Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU). Dr. Rombalski earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Marquette University, a Master of Science degree in Student Personnel from Iowa State University and a Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education Management from University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Sarah Steinberg

Dr. Sarah Steinberg is an award-winning lecturer in the School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University. During her 20-year tenure at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Steinberg served as dean of Part-time Graduate Education in two different Schools of the University (Engineering and Arts and Science). During that time, she oversaw the programmatic, marketing and business strategies, as well as the development and implementation of more than a dozen fully online master’s degree programs reaching more than 5000 graduate students per year and generating total annual tuition revenues exceeding $50M.

In 2010, Sarah was named the Vice Provost for Student Affairs and subsequently the Executive Vice Provost of Johns Hopkins University, with responsibility for university-wide strategic initiatives, including online and continuing/professional education. Among many accomplishments during this time, Sarah chaired the Student Services Committee for Information Technology and was the Chair of the University Task Force on distance learning. Sarah was the lead on the initial Johns Hopkins University MOOC partnership with Coursera – now generating nearly $2M in annual revenue for the University.

Sarah has a BS and Master's in Engineering from Cornell University, an MBA from Northwestern University, and an EdD from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Kimberly Underwood
Subject Matter Expert

Dr. Kimberly Underwood has almost two decades of experience in diversity and inclusion education, consulting, research, university accreditation, and administration within higher education and government. She has served in the titles of Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Policy, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Chairperson of Doctoral Studies, University Research Chair, and Director of Education and Training.

Dr. Underwood’s service record includes leadership and advisory positions within several professional and community organizations. Her publications and presentations address organizational diversity socialization processes, social justice and inclusion, research methods, and diversity within K-12 and higher education. She has taught doctoral- and graduate-level courses in areas of diversity management, higher education administration, educational leadership, education law, consulting, and organizational behavior and has earned the ranks of adjunct professor, assistant professor, and associate professor. Dr. Underwood earned her Ph.D. in Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, MBA from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Executive Certificate in Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management from Georgetown University.

Dr. Colleen Quinn Vandenboom
Subject Matter Expert

Dr. Colleen Quinn Vandenboom has over fifteen years of experience in student affairs and higher education. She currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Student Involvement and Leadership at Gonzaga University. Throughout her tenure in student affairs Dr. Vandenboom has worked at a variety of institutions from large research universities to small private colleges. Her areas of expertise include student activities, student leadership, student government, volunteer programs, residence life, assessment, orientation, and fraternity and sorority life. She has contributed to the field as a volunteer for the National Association of Campus Activities, the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals, and Alpha Phi Fraternity.

In addition to her work experience, Dr. Vandenboom has taught and TA’d undergraduate courses at the University of California Los Angeles in Civic Engagement, and the Gender Gap in College. She holds a BA in Political Science and English Literature from the University of Washington, a MEd in Student Affairs from the University of Florida and a PhD in Philosophy specializing in Higher Education Organizational Change from UCLA.