Graduate School of Education
Open House - October 17, 2019
Interested in getting your Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership? Join us at our upcoming Open House on October 17th to learn more about our 3 pathways to achieving your Ed.D.
Manhattanville Welcomes Three New Doctoral Cohorts
The Manhattanville Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership is proud to welcome PNW BOCES Signature Cohort 11 and Higher Ed Leadership Cohort 4, along with the first Orange/Ulster BOCES cohort. All three cohorts were welcomed by faculty, alumni, current students, family, and friends on October 7 at the doctoral program's annual Welcome Reception.
May 2019 Commencement
The Manhattanville Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership is proud to recognize our May 2019 graduates including: Patrick Sullivan, Laura Bigouette, Sandra Kimlin-Intrieri, Dulce Barker, Shannon O'Grady, Raymond Sanchez Jr., Jamaal A. Bowman, Sandra D. Fairweather, Jenny Victoria Olson Lansky, Jennifer Louise Simon, Maksim Vasilevsky, Tina S. Wilson, Robert Zegarelli, Nicole A. Bernini-Schimpf, Laura Crowley, Brian Doherty, Alexandra Greenberg, Adam J. Schoenbart, and Amy L. Watkins.
May 2019 Commencement Awards
The Outstanding Academic Achievement Award is given to a graduate who demonstrated exemplary academic success throughout the doctoral program, particularly in the dissertation phase. The Outstanding Leadership Award is given to a student who demonstrated excellent leadership skills both in the doctoral program and in his/her professional life.
The School of Education awarded nineteen doctorates in Educational Leadership in May 2019. Two students received awards for their exceptional research. Patrick Sullivan (Ed.D. '19) was the recipient of the Doctoral Outstanding Academic Achievement Award and Ray Sanchez (Ed.D. '19) was the recipient of the Doctoral Outstanding Leadership Award.
Congratulations August 2019 Graduates
In August 2019, Jeremy Barker, Maher El Jamal, Phyllis Fein, Raymond Gonzalez, Tywana Graves-Frietas, Kennybel Peña, and Derek Schuelien became Manhattanville's most recent graduates after their successful summer dissertation defenses.
2019-2020 Upcoming Events
Mark your calendars with these important Doctoral Program event dates:
  • February 21: Higher Ed Legal Issues Symposium
  • March 18: Graduate Open House
  • April 30: Doctoral Program Information Session
  • May 11: Graduation Reception
  • May 13: Commencement
  • May 30: Doctoral Program 10th Anniversary Gala
GALA: Celebrating a Decade of Excellence
On May 30, 2020, the Manhattanville Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership will celebrate its 10 year anniversary with a gala in Reid Castle. The gala will highlight a "Decade of Excellence," as well as the success and growth of the program. Mark your calendar! You won't want to miss it!
Alumni Spotlight: Jamaal Bowman
Manhattanville alumni, Jamaal Bowman (Ed.D. '19) seeks to increase his positive impact on education by running for U.S. Congress in the 2020 election. Dr. Bowman currently serves as a middle school principal in the Bronx. Over the past 20 years he has been a vocal teacher and public school advocate, as well as a community organizer against standardized testing, the school-to-prison pipeline, and the corporate-driven privatization and chronic underfunding of our public schools. He has grounded his career in service, compassion, and empowering people to become transformative members of their communities.
Mary Humphrey's Scholarship for Doctoral Research
 on Special Education
Jeremy Barker (Ed.D. '19) was the recipient of the 2019 Mary Humphreys’ Scholarship for Doctoral Research on Special Education. He was chosen as a result of his dissertation research leading to an improvement of the special education program by enhancing the pedagogy of educators who work with special needs children/students with disabilities. His dissertation topic, The Role of Training in the Professional Self-Actualization of Teacher Aides: A Case Study of Two Suburban New York Elementary Schools examines how in-district training prepares teacher aides to work with children.
Love Behind Leadership
The Love Behind Leadership fund was formed by Ed.D. alumni in 2015 to pay it forward’ to the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at Manhattanville Colllege.
School of Education 2019 Research Forum
On May 1, 2019, doctoral students assembled in Reid Castle at Manhattanville College to share their research and their findings at the Annual Research Forum. Attendees were welcomed by School of Education Dean Shelley B. Wepner, before moving on to learn about the various research projects underway within the School of Education. There was a high level of engagement between the researchers and participants. Manhattanville College continues to nurture its students and provide them with opportunities to share their research.
Love is in the Air at Manhattanville's
 Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership
It’s “all in the family” for six couples who are in or have completed the Manhattanville College School of Education’s doctoral program. We sat down with them to learn more about their academic and professional lives and how the doctoral program has been a part of their relationships.
Student and Alumni News
  • Jerrod Blair (Signature Cohort 8) was appointed Supervisor of STEM K-12 position at Eastchester
  • Greg Brown (Ed.D. '19) has been appointed to PNW BOCES Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instructional Services
  • Alexandra Casabona (Signature Cohort 5) has been appointed Director of Special Education K-12 in the Mamaroneck School District
  • Jamaal Dogget (Signature Cohort 10) was named Mount Vernon Outstanding Principal and Outstanding Administrator of the Year
  • Juliet Gevargis (Signature Cohort 10) has been appointed to the position Principal at Irvington High School
  • Ty Graves-Parker (Ed.D. '19) has been appointed Academic Standards Facilitator in East Ramapo
  • Lucrisha Harris (Signature Cohort 9) has been appointed Principal of the Valley Cottage Elementary School in the Nyack School District
  • Sybil Jeffs (Signature O/U Cohort 1) was appointed Assistant Principal of Suffern Middle School
  • Emerly Martinez (Signature Cohort 9) has been appointed to the position of Cornwall Central High School Principal
  • Maria Moreno (HigherEd Cohort 3) and Minuse Thelusma (HigherEd Cohort 3) presented at the 2019 CSTEP Conference
  • Stephanie Rein (HigherEd Cohort 2) presented at the Symposium on Challenges and Opportunities for Education in the 21st Century in Nanjing, China
  • Joi Sampson (HigherEd Cohort 2) has a chapter, "Where Do We Go From Here," in this forthcoming book No Ways Tired: The Journey for Professionals of Color in Student Affairs, Volume I - Change Is Gonna Come: New and Entry-Level Professionals
  • Kaitlyn Sassone (Signature Cohort 9) and Stephanie Rein (HigherEd Cohort 2) were panelists at the School of Education Alumni Board's "Google Classroom: A Technology Panel Discussion"
  • Robyn Schlesinger (HigherEd Cohort 1) authored an article for Inside Higher Ed titled So You Think Higher Ed is a Safe Space for Trans Folks?
  • Adam Schoenbart (Ed.D. '19) has been appointed Assistant Principal at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua
Faculty News
  • Doctoral faculty member, Dr. Stephen Caldas, along with School of Education faculty members Dr. Diane Gómez, and Dr. JoAnne Ferrara, published a journal article titled, A Comparative Analysis of the Impact of a Full-Service Community School on Student Achievement. The article was published in The Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk

  • Dr. Kenneth Mitchell authored an article for the AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice titled, Superintendent as Advocate: Complexities, Challenges, & Courage
Dean Wepner Receives "Educator of the Year" Award from the University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School of Education
On Saturday, May 19, 2019, Manhattanville's own School of Education Dean, Shelley Wepner, was recognized by the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education for her dedication to solving current issues faced by educators around the globe.
Dr. Susan V. Iverson
Professor & Director of Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership
(914) 798-2712

Renee Gargano
Assistant Director for the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership
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