Rutgers University-Newark School of Arts and Sciences
We are thrilled to announce the successful conclusion of our national search for a new Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences (SASN). We have recommended to the Board of Governors that, effective July 1, 2020, Dr. Jacqueline Mattis be appointed as Dean of SASN and Professor of Psychology. A deeply experienced, empathetic, and effective academic leader, an interdisciplinary scholar-teacher of remarkable breadth of expertise with a strong track record of sponsored research funding, and a beloved mentor of junior colleagues and students alike, Jacquie rose to the top of an extremely strong and impressive field of nationally competitive candidates.
Jacquie comes to Rutgers-Newark from the University of Michigan, where she is Professor of Psychology, Associate Chair of the Psychology Department, and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context. A clinical psychologist by training, she earned her B.A. in psychology at New York University and master’s and Ph.D. in psychology at Michigan. Her work frequently integrates insights and methodologies from a broad range of disciplines, including health, education, religion, and women’s, ethnic, LGBTQ, and popular culture studies. She has earned continual external grant support for this work, including from the National Institutes for Health, the Fetzer Institute, and the Templeton Foundation, among others. She also has done clinical research in cities including Chicago, Ann Arbor, Detroit, and New York City, as well as cross-cultural research in Turkey. An important theme in her career-long work that resonates strongly with our many publicly-engaged scholars in Newark is mapping the nuanced links between urban conditions and optimal human outcomes.
While maintaining her ambitious scholarly and teaching agendas, Jacquie has exhibited superlative leadership at the college and department levels, both at Michigan and in her prior appointment as Chair of the Department of Applied Psychology at NYU. She is adept at navigating the intersection of curricular, research, and financial planning with a style characterized by engagement of many perspectives, especially toward the goals of optimizing alignment of programmatic objectives with faculty and staff strengths and resources, while advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. She also has consistently supported strong professional development in her roles as an academic leader, as well as independently by co-founding a retreat center for scholars, artists, and activists located here in the Forest Hill neighborhood of Newark. Throughout her career Jacquie has shown herself to be a person of exceptional intellectual scope, expansive experience in producing and cultivating high-impact scholarship, capacious collegiality, and profound commitment to grappling with ways to leverage the capacities of universities to engage the challenges of our cities and our world.
We offer profuse thanks to search committee co-chairs Sherri-Ann Butterfield and John Keene, who worked with our consultants to yield a truly stellar field of candidates, to the invaluable committee members, and to the SASN program directors and department chairs, representatives of student government, and staff who made time to meet with the finalists and offer their insights.
Words cannot capture the depth of our thanks to, and appreciation for, Acting Dean Denis Paré, who has been such an extraordinary leader and colleague, bringing his own deep and broad experience, insight, and wisdom to stewarding the School of Arts and Sciences for the past year and a half and contributing to the advancement of institutional priorities as a pivotal member of our leadership team.
We look forward to having all members of our community join in welcoming Jacquie this summer!
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost