Beth Weitzman, Ph.D., Named Steinhardt Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Beth Weitzman, Ph.D., has been named the Steinhardt School’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. A respected member of the NYU community, Dr. Weitzman joined the Wagner faculty in 1987 and was promoted to Professor of Health and Public Policy in 2003, and will continue to hold that title in the Steinhardt School within the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health.

A widely published scholar, Dr. Weitzman’s research focuses on urban policie saffecting poor families, and she has evaluated a range of programs aimed at meeting the health, social service, housing, and educational needs of these families and their children. She is currently the principal investigator of a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her research has also been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, as well as by private philanthropy. At the Wagner School, Dr. Weitzman served as director of doctoral studies and as director of the Program in Health Policy and Management, one of the most highly ranked programs of its kind.

Dr. Weitzman is a long-standing member of the American Public Health Association, where she chaired the Caucus on Homelessness and the Association of Pubic Policy and Management; she serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Evaluation. As associate dean, Dr. Weitzman’s responsibilities will include working closely with faculty, administrators, and students to further enhance Steinhardt’s academic goals in undergraduate, master‚s, and doctoral programs.

“Dr. Weitzman’s commitment to working with colleagues across fields and professions has been evident throughout her career,” said Steinhardt dean, Mary Brabeck. “Her research has underscored the importance of eliminating the gulfs that separate sectors and services to better address significant social problems. This approach will serve her well in Steinhardt’s unique, interdisciplinary community.”

Dr. Weitzman succeeds Ron Robin, who has served as Steinhardt associate dean since July 2006, and is moving into a new role as NYU’s Senior Vice Provost for Planning.