Dr. Kimberly Durham Appointed Dean of the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education

From the Office of the President: 

I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Dr. Kimberly Durham as Dean of the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education, effective July 1, 2018.

In the year since Kim accepted the role as Interim Dean, the Fischler College of Education has seen marked improvements in new student enrollment, retention of current students and the level of faculty and staff engagement.  I am confident in her ability to enhance the student learning experience, create positive change in the college’s programs and curriculum, and guide faculty and staff to greater achievement and recognition. Over the span of Kim’s 27-year NSU career as a faculty member, academic administrator and program director, she has had a significant impact on the lives of our students, faculty and staff and has effected positive change within our community. Immediately prior to her role as Interim Dean of the Fischler College of Education, Dr. Durham was Chair of the Department of Justice and Human Services and previously Dean of the Institute for Justice and Human Services.   As many of you know, Kim received from NSU a B.S. in Psychology, M.S. in Clinical Psychology, and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology.

Additionally, the nationally ranked Department of Criminal Justice and Human Services is being elevated to the status of a School and placed within the Fischler College of Education.  Placing the School of Criminal Justice and Human Services, which awards B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Criminal Justice, within the Fischler College of Education creates synergies and opportunities to address today’s most relevant and critical education issue: school safety.  The faculty members of Fischler College of Education and the Criminal Justice and Human Services Department have a history of successful collaboration in academic, research and service initiatives.  Integrating the Criminal Justice and Human Services Department with the Fischler College of Education will create expanded opportunities to serve our community and build upon its established partnerships with the Broward Sheriff’s Office, ChildNet, Federal Bureau of Investigation and other institutions and service providers.  In addition, the Masters of Developmental Disabilities, BS in Human Services Administration, and BS in Recreational Therapy will be placed within the Fischler College of Education

Dr. Tammy Kushner, who has been Interim Department Chair during Dr. Durham’s service as Interim Dean, will oversee the School of Criminal Justice and Human Services. In her more than 15 years of leadership at NSU, Dr. Kushner has brought a dedicated focus to enhancing academic program quality, student services, and employee morale. Dr. Kushner is a United States Air Force veteran and brings a wealth of knowledge, teaching and research experience in the field of criminal justice. Dr. Kushner received her B.S., M.S. and Psy.D. from Nova Southeastern University.

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