Dr. Nicola Pitchford named Dean of School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Dominican University

Dominican University of California has announced that Dr. Nicola Pitchford has been selected new Dean of the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University. She will replace interim dean Philip Novak whose term is ending June 30.

“We are delighted to appoint and welcome Dr. Pitchford as the next academic leader of the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences,” said Dr. Luis Calingo, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Dominican. “I am confident that she will lead the school in its commitment to a greater focus on AHSS and inspire students, faculty and alumni to a higher level of excellence and engagement.”

Dr. Pitchford is currently Associate Vice President and Associate Chief Academic Officer at Fordham University. 

 “I'm delighted by this opportunity to become part of Dominican's work. Among the University's distinctive strengths that drew me to this leadership role are its demonstrated commitments to a diverse student population and to an education that serves not just individuals but also the greater society,” Dr. Pitchford said. “Dominican has an incredible resource in the strong sense of community and common purpose among its faculty and its staff. Leading the School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, I will focus on what I believe is the core task of higher education in a changing world: the education of the whole person, nurturing habits of critical thinking and flexible intelligence that equip our students to engage ethically and carefully with others and adapt their skills to both existing and emerging challenges and career opportunities.”

Dr. Pitchford joined the faculty at Fordham in 1995 as an Assistant Professor of English and received tenure in 2001. She served as Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of English, Co-Director of the Literary Studies Program and then as Chair of the Department of English, where she oversaw 59 full-time faculty on two campuses.

As Associate VP and Associate CAO, Dr. Pitchford worked closely with the Provost on all academic issues involving the University’s three traditional undergraduate colleges, a college of adult and continuing education, and six graduate and professional schools.  She had particular responsibility for overseeing faculty hiring and its integration with both budget and strategic planning; assessment and accreditation, the integration of faculty governance and administrative leadership; and assisting in the preparation and management of all academic budgets.

Dr. Pitchford, who was born and raised in Great Britain before living in Los Angeles, began her academic career as a teaching assistant while pursuing her doctorate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and then was a lecturer in the Women’s Studies Department there.

Dr. Pitchford earned her bachelor’s degree at Pomona College in English and Creative Writing; she received her MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in English, with an emphasis on modern and contemporary U.S. and British literature.

The Dominican School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences educates students for a productive life in a diverse and changing world by fostering the resilience, creativity, and critical faculties essential to civic responsibility and professional success. More distinctively, the School nurtures ethical and aesthetic sensibilities, a spirit of inclusivity, and the quest for personal meaning and sound character so long associated with the fruits of a liberal education.