Dr. Marzie A. Jafari
Vice President for Workforce and Global Partnerships
Dr. Marzie A. Jafari, a professor of urban and regional geography, became Dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies in July 2010, after serving as Acting Dean, following the retirement of Dr. Michael Paull in 2009. She joined Lehman in 2001 as associate dean of the Division. Previously, she was deputy director of the Continuing Education Program at Hunter College, where she also served as the executive assistant in Hunter's International English Language Institute.
A graduate of Hunter, she holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science as well as a master's from Hunter in geography, with a specialty in Geographic Information Systems. She earned her Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences from the CUNY Graduate Center. Earlier in her career, from 1991-1996, she taught algebra, precalculus, physics, and computer software applications in STEP programs at Barnard College and Hunter's Brookdale campus and currently teaches Geography of the Middle East at Lehman.
At Lehman, Dr. Jafari has been an advocate of lifelong learning and a career development educator and administrator, establishing a principle of systematic growth while maintaining a high quality of work. She has worked collaboratively with community partners to expand workforce education and professional studies opportunities and has launched several initiatives, including the establishment of CUNY on the Concourse, an off-site workforce development center. Her community and workforce development projects have been funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the New York State Department of Education, 1199 SEIU, and New York City's Department of Small Business Services, Human Resources Administration, and Department of Youth and Community Development.
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