by Christine Mangino, Ed.D.
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Please join the Office of Academic Affairs in welcoming our new Associate Dean, Dr. Ann Mester. Ann has twenty years of experience working in the public university setting. After completing her Ph.D. in Latin American anthropology at the University of Illinois, she worked for ten years as a technical editor for a scientific association, then returned to Illinois as an Associate Dean, where she was responsible for curriculum development, general education, and programming for first-year students. Her last five years were spent at Thomas Edison State University, in Trenton, NJ, which is an adult-serving institution that relies mainly on asynchronous online instruction. Dr. Mester’s work is informed by her commitment to education as a public good and her training as an anthropologist. Accordingly, much of her work has emphasized cultural literacy, international studies, and the development of critical thinking skills through courses that tackle real-world problems such as Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice, Global Public Health, and Deliberative Democracy and Social Action. Ann spent her undergraduate years at Fordham University and is thrilled to be back in the Bronx, and working at an institution with a deep commitment to the community it serves. OAA is excited to have Dr. Mester join our team.