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Message From the Dean, Tamara Jhashi

Welcome to the School of Liberal Arts at Mercy College! As Dean, I am excited to share with you the exceptional opportunities in the Arts and Humanities, Mathematics and Computer Science, as well as in our cutting-edge programs in Cybersecurity. 

The School of Liberal Arts is the heart of Mercy College, providing the cornerstone of a rigorous college education. We prepare students with the skills that will last a lifetime, not just help you reach your first job. Problem-solving, critical thinking, effective communication, creative expression, mathematical and computer literacy - these are the skills that employers are seeking now more than ever, particularly for jobs that do not yet exist in our world of rapidly changing technologies. In fact, it's true that the lifetime earnings and career pathways of a student grounded in the liberal arts often surpass the earning capacity of those who are narrowly trained. The values of liberal learning lies in higher-order learning that is essential for real world problem solving.

The School of Liberal Arts offers programs and courses that will open the world to you, forging new insight into what it means to be a global citizen. Our depth and breadth in English, History, Spanish and Mathematics degree programs will expand your understanding of the complexities of our modern world, and provide core skills for careers in multiple fields, including teaching. In addition, our Master's program in English Literature is among only a few fully online programs in the country. 

Our Department of Communication and the Arts offers programs that will launch your professional practice in Computer Arts and Design as well as in Music Industry and Technology. We also offer degree programs for students interested in Journalism, Film, Radio and TV Production, as well as Communication and Media Studies, and a focus in Public Relations. Our location in the greater New York area is perfect for internships and gaining real-world work experience in these fields.

Students wishing to pursue pathways in Computer Science and Technology fields will find robust degree programs within the Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences. As a leader in the industry the Mercy Cybersecurity Education Center is designated as one of the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense. Mercy offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Cybersecurity as well as a 5-year combined B.S. and M.S. degree in an increasingly important field. 

I invite you to learn more about our programs and faculty. We will be delighted to hear from you!

Tamara Jhashi joined Mercy College in May 2015 as Dean of the School of Liberal Arts, where she leads the academic mission of the Departments of Communication and the Arts; Humanities; Literature and Language; and Mathematics and Computer Sciences.

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

Dr. Jhashi comes to Mercy College from Oakland University, where she served for 18 years as a tenured faculty member in the Department of Art and Art History, and in the key academic leadership roles of the Associate Provost in the Office of Academic Affairs and Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, where she provided leadership to sixteen departments and 300 full-time faculty. In all roles she has been a strong advocate for both faculty and students, advancing the mission in higher education to provide access to liberal learning and to foster student success. Most recently, she was charged with providing strategic direction to campus internationalization initiatives at her previous institution.

During the 2013-2014 academic year, Dr. Jhashi was one of 48 Fellows selected by the American Council on Education to participate in the 50-year old Fellow program, designed to strengthen academic leadership in American higher education. She spent the fall 2013 semester at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, mentored by the president's senior leadership team and looking specifically at the role and value of the liberal arts in our current higher education landscape. In the summer of 2012 she participated in the Management Development Program at Harvard University, and has attended a number of focused leadership development programs, including CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education); ACE Institute for Leading Internationalization; the National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan; Level 3 certification in Strategic Planning from the Society for College and University Planning; and the ACE Leadership Academy for Department Chairs.