The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York by action of its Executive Committee today appointed Dr. Vita Carulli Rabinowitz, a distinguished educator and outstanding administrator, as Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and University Provost. Dr. Rabinowitz has served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Hunter College since 2007. Chancellor James B. Milliken recommended Dr. Rabinowitz after a national search.
Dr. Rabinowitz received her master’s and doctoral degrees in social psychology from Northwestern University. After serving as a research assistant at Princeton University, she began her academic career as a faculty member in the Hunter College Department of Psychology in 1978. She was appointed to CUNY’s doctoral program in psychology at The CUNY Graduate Center in 1989. A social psychologist by training, the range of her scholarly interests includes the study of women and achievement, gender and health, methodological issues in the study of gender, and dilemmas of helping and coping with adverse outcomes.
“Dr. Rabinowitz’s exemplary administrative experience, together with her distinguished scholarly accomplishments, a strong commitment to students, and a deep belief in the mission of CUNY make her an outstanding choice as the University’s chief academic officer,“ Chancellor Milliken said. “Her role in developing and implementing an agenda for Hunter College over the last 10 years, and the wide respect she enjoys from the Hunter faculty and her administrative colleagues across CUNY and other universities are invaluable assets. “
Dr. Rabinowitz, whose appointment is effective July 1, 2015, succeeds Dr. Julia Wrigley, who served as Interim Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost since 2014. Chancellor Milliken expressed his sincere appreciation to Dr. Wrigley for her outstanding service.
Hunter College President Jennifer Raab said: “Vita Rabinowitz’s leadership has been integral to the great success of Hunter College over the past decade. Her commitment to high academic standards, faculty well-being, and student success, as well as her integrity and tireless devotion to our institution, made her a remarkable partner. While I — and all of Hunter — will deeply miss Vita, we celebrate CUNY’s good fortune in gaining a dynamic provost with an extraordinary passion for CUNY’s mission.”
As Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost, Dr. Rabinowitz will be the chief academic officer of the University, responsible for leading the planning, development, and implementation of University policies and initiatives relevant to all aspects of its academic programs, research, instructional technology, global engagement, student development, and enrollment management. She will report to Chancellor Milliken, provide strategic academic leadership for CUNY and work with the Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer to develop University-wide operating and capital budgets that reflect the academic priorities of the University.
Dr. Rabinowitz will also be actively engaged in budget planning, resource development, and assessment of student learning. The Office of Academic Affairs oversees University policies governing the academic programs of CUNY’s colleges and more than 100 research centers. The University offers learning opportunities at every level, from non-credit certificate courses to doctoral degrees in a single integrated university.
As Hunter College’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Rabinowitz served as the chief academic officer, overseeing Hunter’s five schools, academic programs, centers, institutes, and initiatives, the libraries, and faculty matters. She was responsible for Hunter’s academic policies, academic support services, and other issues vital to the academic quality of Hunter College. Dr. Rabinowitz’s priorities included re-envisioning the general education program, building a culture of assessment of student learning, enhancing graduate and professional education, strengthening Hunter’s research infrastructure, and supporting Hunter’s faculty.
She has worked to promote gender equity in the workplace, including academia, and has conducted research to understand why women have not progressed to the top levels of science, academia, and the professions, as well as to help advance women in these areas. Dr. Rabinowitz led institutional efforts for college-wide accreditation and performance management reviews in broad and deep consultation with colleagues throughout the college, and emphasized strong academic leadership at all levels, care of the curricula, and student success.
Her initiatives have included the creation of collaborative scholarly opportunities via Arts Across the Curriculum, at Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute; in the Clinical Translation Science Center in which Hunter partners with Weill Cornell Medical College and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; and Hunter’s Academic Center for Excellence in Research and Teaching—ACERT—a high-profile center that supports innovations in pedagogy, teaching with technology, assessment of student learning, the scholarship of teaching through small grants programs, faculty fellows programs, and scholarship circles.
Since June 2002, Dr. Rabinowitz has co-directed Hunter’s Gender Equity Project (GEP), which seeks to advance women faculty in the natural and social sciences and to promote excellence and equity throughout the sciences. The GEP has been partially funded by $4.5 million in awards from the National Science Foundation. Hunter has a remarkably diverse faculty of outstanding scholars, artists, teachers and practitioners, with nearly 30 percent from underrepresented groups and 50 percent female.
Dr. Rabinowitz has been a member of Hunter’s psychology department, which she chaired from 1999 to 2005, since 1978, and of the doctoral program in psychology at CUNY’s Graduate Center since 1989.
Dr. Rabinowitz is a distinguished social psychologist who has published many influential papers and articles in areas relating to the study of women and achievement, theoretical and methodological issues in the study of gender, and dilemmas of helping and coping. Her co-authored textbook, Engendering Psychology, Women and Gender Revisited, is in its second edition. She has received a number of prestigious grants and awards from major funding agencies like NSF and NIH, and her academic and professional honors include the Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Award for Outstanding Italian American Women in Higher Education in New York State, and the Kurt Lewin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Social Psychology from the New York State Psychological Association.
Prior to being appointed Hunter’s acting provost in 2005 and named provost in 2007, Dr. Rabinowitz served as acting program head of CUNY’s Social/Personality doctoral subprogram, chairperson of the Department of Psychology and acting associate provost. Before becoming an administrator, Dr. Rabinowitz taught and mentored thousands of undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students in psychology, and served as undergraduate adviser for psychology majors for nearly ten years.