Office of the Provost

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Provost's Open Hours for Faculty - Spring 2020 Semester

Individual Faculty or Small Group

Wednesdays 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Fridays 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
February 12 February 21
March 4 March 20
April 8 May 1


Provost's Open Forum for Faculty - Spring 2020 Semester




Welcome to the Office of the Provost


Dr. Tamara Jhashi

Dr. Tamara Jhashi, Provost

An academic leader, committed to transforming lives through access to academic excellence and a champion of faculty and students, Dr. Jhashi comes to NJCU from Mercy College in New York, where, as the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts, she led the academic mission of the Departments of Communication and the Arts; Humanities; Literature and Language; and Mathematics and Computer Science.

Serving the College for four years, her initiatives included establishing an annual theme in the School of Liberal Arts fusing curricular and co-curricular experiences to build a sense of community; leading the redesign of gateway Math and English courses to improve student success; founding an Advisory Board for the technology programs in the School; adding a graduate program in computer science; increasing high-impact practices; and hiring a third of the core School faculty.  

Prior to Mercy College, Dr. Jhashi spent 18 years at Oakland University, a public regional comprehensive institution of 20,000 students in the Detroit metropolitan area.  Here she served in key academic leadership roles, including Associate Provost in the Office of Academic Affairs, where she provided oversight to the professional Schools, managed the functions of the University Senate, and provided strategic direction to campus internationalization. And, as Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, where she provided leadership to sixteen departments and 300 full-time faculty. Dr. Jhashi was a tenured faculty member in the Department of Art and Art History. 

She served in multiple capacities in the department, contributing to a number of curricular reforms, leading committees, and advising students in thesis work. In addition, she curated two art exhibitions at the University Art Gallery. She also served as an ACE Fellow, class of 2013-2014, where she studied the role and value of the liberal arts. 

She earned her Ph.D. in Art History from Indiana University, with a focus on European modernism and specialization in early twentieth century Russian art. Her research area is Russian art of the 1910s, studying the specific contributions made by figurative painters of the avant-garde. Dr. Jhashi has taught widely on nineteenth and twentieth century American and European art as well as on Russian art and culture. She continues her research interests on the work of the painter Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin. 

Vision Statement:

The Office of the Provost leads New Jersey City University in becoming a nationally recognized leader in urban, public, higher education.

Mission Statement:

The Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President is committed to creating and sustaining a higher education environment for New Jersey City University's students and faculty that is grounded in a culture of evidence and that values excellent teaching, scholarly achievement, creative activity, service, and lifelong learning. The Office supports the mission of the University by providing high quality academic degree and certificate programs with urban and global perspectives.

The Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President, as the academic and intellectual core of New Jersey City University, is committed to providing a richly diverse student population with a high quality education in an urban setting. The Office strives to uphold the value of a liberal arts education for its students by maintaining a highly qualified and diverse faculty, offering dynamic and challenging academic programs, and providing an integrated academic support system to promote student retention and achievement.

The Office of the Provost houses the Provost and Senior Vice President, who is the chief divisional administrator of the University's academic programs, policies, procedures and departments.

The Office supervises the faculty and professional staff assigned to all academic departments within the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, the College of Professional Studies and the School of Business, Libraries, the Professional Development and Lifelong Learning Office; as well as, the Graduate Studies and Continuing Education Offices, and all academic support departments.

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Tel: 201-200-3003
Fax: 201-200-3434
Location: Hepburn Hall, Room 309

Tamara Jhashi, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President

Nurdan Aydin, Ph.D.
Associate Provost

Tamara Cunningham, MCIS
Assistant Vice President for Global Initiatives

Anna Palermo
Confidential Administrative Assistant to the Provost

Sherifa Abdalla
Professional Services Specialist III

Jennifer Fitzgerald
Project Coordinator