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CCNY Appoints Marilyn Hoskin Dean Of Social Sciences

NEW YORK, July 20, 2009 - Dr. Marilyn Hoskin, a political scientist with 24 years of experience in academic leadership, will become Dean of Social Sciences at The City College of New York (CCNY), the College announced today.  She will join the College September 1.

“Marilyn Hoskin’s long track record of accomplishment as a dean at three public institutions of higher education makes her the ideal person to lead CCNY’s Division of Social Sciences to a new level of excellence,” said CCNY President Dr. Gregory H. Williams in announcing the appointment.

Dean Hoskin joins CCNY from the University of New Hampshire (UNH), where she had served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts since 1995.  She succeeds Dr. Brett Silverstein, who resumes teaching as Presidential Professor of Psychology and serves as Director of the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service.

“City College represents the best of public higher education traditions, and has made enormous strides in developing outstanding academic and research programs over the last several decades,” Dean Hoskin said.  “I welcome the opportunity to build on these foundations, and especially to expand the links which social sciences has created to the hard sciences, health, and interdisciplinary programs in place in what has to be one of the most fertile educational environments in the world.”

At UNH, Dean Hoskin was responsible for the largest college in the university, with 5,000 undergraduate and 1,300 graduate students, and oversaw a $50 million budget.  During her tenure, she developed five new graduate programs, seven new undergraduate programs and five new study abroad programs.

In addition, she conducted the UNH College of Liberal Arts’ first program review for all of its undergraduate and graduate programs, which resulted in major curriculum and staffing changes.  She also assumed responsibility for technology use and development, including programs for computer acquisition and replacement for faculty and academic offices.

Other initiatives she began include a seed-grant program to help faculty members prepare submissions for external funding and a development and funding structure with the UNH Foundation to assist in acquiring donations for faculty chairs and to support new and expanded programs.

From 1989 to 1995, Dean Hoskin served as Dean of the College of Natural and Social Sciences at SUNY College at Buffalo.  Her accomplishments there include coordinating funding to construct a fresh water research lab on Lake Erie and overseeing creation of urban engagement programs in Economics, Sociology and Science Education.

Earlier academic leadership positions held by Dean Hoskin include Associate Dean of Social Sciences and SUNY Buffalo from 1985 to 1989 and Acting Chair of the Political Science department at SUNY Buffalo in 1988.  She joined the SUNY Buffalo faculty as an Assistant Professor of Political Science in 1974.

Dean Hoskin holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in political science from University of California at Los Angeles and a B.A. in political science from Mount Holyoke College.  She is the author or co-author of three books: “New Immigrants and Democratic Society: Minority Integration in Western Democracies” (Praeger, 1991); “Education for Democratic Citizenship: A Challenge for Multiethnic Societies” (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1991), and “The Political Involvement of Adolescents (Rutgers University Press, 1981).

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