New Dean Aims to Raise
Weissman School's Profile
New York, NY, Aug. 11, 2008 -- Even though Jeffrey Peck is still settling into his role as dean of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, he already has his first order of business lined up. "I'd like to get to know as many people as possible," he said, adding that his vision for the school would be more defined after he becomes familiar with the institution and the faculty. Peck began his new job on August 1. One item that’s high on his to-do list, he said, is to "raise the profile of Weissman within Baruch and outside of Baruch." He also hopes to increase the number of students majoring in the liberal arts and sciences.
Peck, who originally hails from Pittsburgh, is a veteran educator who has taught in several universities in the United States and Canada. He has held academic administrative positions, including creating and leading Culture and Politics, a program of study in Georgetown University’s famed School of Foreign Service. He is an expert on German and Jewish studies and is an author of several books, including Being Jewish in the New Germany, published in 2006.
In addition to his title of dean, Peck is also adding a new appointment as a full professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature. However, prospective students will have to wait until next year before signing up for one of his courses because he said he wouldn’t be teaching his first year here.
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