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Interim Provost


Interim Provost

Dr. Mary Erina Driscoll began serving as Interim Provost of The City College of New York on August 1, 2016, having previously led the School of Education at CCNY since 2012.  

Dr. Driscoll has spent her academic career in educational leadership development.  Since her arrival at CCNY, her many contributions include serving as principal investigator on the CCNY Race to the Top grant; working to support the Mayor's Pre-K Initiative through the master's degree program in early childhood education; and partnering with the New York City Department of Education and CCNY faculty to prepare teachers in shortage areas, including bilingual and special education. Dr. Driscoll was named the Harold Kobliner Chair in Education at CCNY in 2015. The Kobliner Chair is bestowed upon a distinguished and committed faculty member in the SOE.  It is named after Harold Kobliner, a 1950 CCNY alumnus, in tribute to his 40 years of service in the New York City public school system.

Prior to joining CCNY, Dr. Driscoll has been chair of the Steinhardt School’s Department of Administration, Leadership and Technology since 2008 and a member of NYU’s educational leadership faculty since 1991. Her research has examined the experiences of U.S. students displaced by the 2005 hurricanes, the effects of selected educational policies on schools and districts enrolling them, how schools and communities are connected as well as the ways in which communities serve as contexts for student learning.

She co-edited A Life in Classrooms: Philip W. Jackson and the Practice of Education (Teachers College Press, 2007) and has contributed to numerous book chapters, journal articles, and policy research reports. In addition, she serves on the editorial board of the Peabody Journal of Education and has been an editorial board member for Educational Evaluation & Policy Analysis, Educational Administration Quarterly and Teachers College Record. She is a past president of the University Council for Educational Administration.

Dr. Driscoll holds a PhD in educational administration from The University of Chicago and an MA in child development from Sarah Lawrence College. She was graduated magna cum laude from Connecticut College with an interdisciplinary major in music, child development and psychology. Prior to joining the NYU faculty, she was an assistant professor of educational policy studies at University of Illinois at Chicago.

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