St. Joseph’s College has announced longtime faculty members Eileen White Jahn, Ph.D., and Phillip Dehne, Ph.D., have been appointed as executive deans at SJC Long Island and SJC Brooklyn, respectively.
Both appointments became effective July 1. Drs. Jahn and Dehne will serve as members of the president’s cabinet.
“I am thrilled with the appointments of Dr. Phillip Dehne and Dr. Eileen White Jahn as our executive deans,” SJC President Donald R. Boomgaarden, Ph.D., said. “Both represent the very best traditions of the College, are long-time faculty members, and will hit the ground running at a time when we are most in need of expertise and creativity in these positions.”
Dr. Boomgaarden added that Drs. Dehne and Jahn will benefit from “inheriting the momentum and great progress achieved by previous interim executive deans,” including Dr. Jahn herself and Wendy Turgeon, Ph.D., at SJC Long Island and Raymond D’Angelo, Ph.D., and Michael Hanophy, Ph.D., at SJC Brooklyn.
Dr. Jahn, who over the last year has served as interim executive dean at SJC Long Island, has been an SJC faculty member since 1998. She earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Policy Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center, and has since continued to develop a body of scholarship in organizational family support, work and family studies, and organizational commitment.
“After an unexpectedly interesting year as the interim executive dean, I can’t wait to see what challenges this next phase of my career brings!” said Dr. Jahn, who has served on almost every elected or appointed faculty committee at the St. Joseph’s, as well countless ad hoc committees. She has also helped launch several new majors and programs, and many dual-degree programs.
Before his appointment as executive dean, Dr. Dehne served as the associate chair of SJC Brooklyn’s Department of History, coordinator of the SJC 100 Freshman Seminar program, chair of the Promotion and Awards Committee and as a member of the Curriculum Committee and the Faculty Interest Council, among other committees.
“Teaching at St. Joseph’s over the last 19 years has been fantastic, but I am excited to move into a new role at SJC Brooklyn,” said Dr. Dehne, a noted historian of World War I who has taught a variety of courses on British, European and global history at St. Joseph’s.
Dr. Dehne recently authored “After the Great War: Economic Warfare and the Promise of Peace in Paris 1919.”
“Many have suggested that higher education is on the cusp of big changes that are often portrayed as largely negative for colleges and universities around the country,” Dr. Dehne said. “But I really think that St. Joseph’s is in good shape to succeed, and I feel lucky to have this opportunity to play an important role as the college continues to move forward.”