Each campus in New Brunswick has a Campus Dean. These deans help students and faculty take advantage of all the campus has to offer them, and to foster exciting learning communities with student-centered services.
Campus Deans generate academic programs and events that bring faculty and students together beyond the classroom, helping to build an academic community on the campus. The Campus Dean introduces students to the scholarly work of faculty based on the campus, brings faculty into the learning communities on the campus, and works with students and faculty to develop year-long themes that focus on the campus as an academic entity. They also bring to campus visiting speakers to enrich the academic dialogue on their campuses. The Campus Deans work with the Office of Academic Engagement and Programming to develop events for departments, residence halls, Honors and EOF programs, and other groups for which the campuses provide an academic context. Campus Deans also work very closely with the Deans of Students on each campus to ensure that all students have the most positive, productive, and successful academic experience possible.
Meet the Campus Deans
Busch Campus Dean
Thomas V. Papathomas (Ph.D., Columbia University) is pleased to serve the Office of Undergraduate Education as Busch Campus Dean. He came from Greece after high school to study in the U.S. From 1977 until 1989 he worked at Bell Laboratories. He joined the Rutgers Department of Biomedical Engineering in 1989, where he served as Graduate Director. He is also the Director of the Laboratory of Vision Research. His scientific interests are in brain research on perception, in particular vision and audition.
He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, a senior member of IEEE, and a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Imaging Systems and Technology. He has over 100 scientific publications and was editor-in-chief of Early Vision and Beyond (MIT Press). His research was featured on the National Public Radio (2005) and the Scientific American Special Edition on Perception (2008). To learn more about Busch campus, click here.
College Avenue Dean
Matt K. Matsuda (Ph.D., UCLA) is College Avenue Campus Dean and Dean of the Honors College at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. A member of the Rutgers History Department since 1993, Professor Matsuda has been an undergraduate vice chair and a project director at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis. He teaches and researches Modern European (particularly French) and Asia and Pacific comparative questions and has written books about memory and historical thinking, empire and emotions, and is currently working on a general study of civilizations and encounters in the ocean-world of the Pacific.
He is a recipient of undergraduate teaching awards at both UCLA and Rutgers and has been a guitarist and performer on the indie underground music scene. He looks forward to participating with students and faculty in creating programs that fully engage the scholarly, artistic, and scientific talents of the Rutgers community. To learn more about the College Avenue campus, click here.
Cook Campus Dean
Barbara Turpin (Ph.D., Oregon Health Sciences University) is Cook Campus Dean and a member of the Department of Environmental Sciences. An air quality specialist, her research focuses on improving the understanding of atmospheric chemistry and exposure science in order to develop effective air pollution control strategies to protect public health and the environment. In 2011, Professor Turpin was among six Rutgers professors elevated to the rank of Fellow of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science. She also received the American Association for Aerosol Science's Sinclair Award for sustained excellence in aerosol science.
Currently she is Vice-President Elect of the American Association for Aerosol Research and a member of the International Commission for Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution. She earned a bachelor's degree in Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the Oregon Health Sciences University, and a postdoc at the University of Minnesota. To learn more about Cook campus, click here.
Douglass Residential College and Douglass Campus Dean
Jacquelyn Litt (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) is Dean of Douglass Residential College and the Douglass Campus. She comes to Rutgers from the University of Missouri where she was founding chair of women's and gender studies. As the principal investigator for the National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant administered at Missouri, Litt was responsible for establishing practices to promote gender equity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as providing support for women in senior faculty positions in the same fields. Prior to her tenure at Missouri, Litt directed women's studies programs at Iowa State University and Allegheny College.
Her first book, Medicalized Motherhood: Perspectives from the Lives of African-American and Jewish Women, was cited by the American Sociological Association for outstanding scholarship on race, class, and gender. Her second book, Global Dimensions of Gender and Carework, examines issues related to globalization, gender, and care work. Her current research, supported by a grant from the Social Sciences Research Council, focuses on the importance of African-American women's networks during the evacuation and displacement of families after Hurricane Katrina. To learn more about the Douglass campus, click here.
Livingston Campus Dean
Lea P. Stewart (Ph.D., Purdue) has been Livingston Campus Dean since 2007. Professor Stewart, a faculty member in the Department of Communication since 1981, has been chair of the department, director of the Ph.D. Program in Communication, Information and Library Studies and currently serves as Director of the Center for Communication and Health Issues. She also holds a joint faculty appointment with the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies. Her research focuses on health communication with an emphasis on issues relevant to the transition to college including the socially situated nature of dangerous drinking. This work has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education with its prestigious model program award for the RU SURE Campaign.
Professor Stewart has received both the Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research. She believes that students are the source of great ideas for the university and looks forward to working with students to make Livingston a great place to live and learn. To learn more about Livingston campus, click here.
University College Community Dean
Susan J. Schurman (Ph.D., Michigan) is Dean of the University College Community, and Director of Life-Long Learning for the Division of Continuous Education. Dr. Schurman joined Rutgers's School of Management and Labor Relations in 2007 after serving since 1997 as president of the National Labor College, which she founded. This fully accredited college is one of the few institutions of higher education in the world founded and sponsored by a labor movement (the A.F.L.-C.I.O.). Dr. Schurman also served on the faculty of the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations from 1992-1997.
Currently she serves as vice president of the International Federation of Workers Education Associations and as chair of the Academic and Student Services Committee of the Board of Trustees of Morris Brown College, an historically black college in Atlanta. Dean Schurman will give special attention to the adult non-traditional student and, in her work with the Division of Continuous Education, to the ways Rutgers may better serve students whose schedules allow them little time to come to campus. To learn more about the University College Community, click here.