Leadership

Our leaders are themselves lifelong educators and experienced professionals.

Their combined experiences, understanding of education and vision for where it's going, help the Graduate School of Education continue to grow and succeed in our mission to empower teachers and students everywhere.

Nelly Lejter Morales headshot

Nelly Lejter Morales, PhD

Interim Dean, Graduate School of EducationAssociate Provost for Academic Affairs, Graduate and Professional Divisions, Touro University
Ruth Best

Ruth Best, MBA, Ed.D

Assistant Dean, Clinical Experiences and Partnerships, Education & Special EducationAssistant Professor, Education & Special Education
Dr. Charity M Dacey headshot

Charity M. Dacey, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Academic AffairsAssociate Professor
Yuriy Karpov

Yuriy Karpov, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Finance and AdministrationProfessor
Nilda Soto-Ruiz

Nilda Soto Ruiz, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Program Chair, School Leadership
Professor

Program Chairs

Laurie Bobley

Laurie Bobley, Ed.D.

Program Chair, Teaching Students with Disabilities; Generalist, Grades 7-12Associate Professor
Susan Courey

Susan Courey, Ph.D.

Program Chair, Early Childhood Education & Special Education, Birth – Grade 2
Olga DeJesus

Olga DeJesus, Ed.D.

Program Chair, TESOL, Bilingual Advanced Certificate ProgramsAssociate Professor
Issac Herskowitz

Issac Herskowitz, Ed.D.

Program Chair, Instructional TechnologyAssociate Professor, Instructional Technology
Elina Lampert-Shepel

Elina Lampert-Shepel, Ed.D.

Program Chair, Childhood Education and Special Education, Grades 1-6Associate Professor
Jeff Lichtman

Jeff Lichtman, Ph.D.

Lucille Weidman Program Chair, Jewish Childhood Education & Special Education
Director, Student Mental Health Services at Touro University
Assistant Professor, Jewish Childhood Education & Special Education
Elaine Nikolakakos

Elaine Nikolakakos, Ed.D.

Program Chair, Teaching LiteracyAssociate Professor, Teaching Literacy
Nilda Soto-Ruiz

Nilda Soto Ruiz, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Program Chair, School Leadership
Professor
Brenda Strassfeld

Brenda Strassfeld, Ph.D.

Program Chair, Mathematics Education
Associate Professor
Yair Maman

Yair Maman, Ph.D.

Interim Program Chair, School CounselingAssociate Professor, School Counseling