March 27, 2023

Douglas Harrison Appointed Associate Dean at the NYU School of Professional Studies Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies

Higher Education Veteran Harrison To Lead the Program’s Diverse Community of Learners Through Their Undergraduate Educational Journeys

New York, NY, March 27, 2023 – The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYU SPS) today announced the appointment of higher education veteran Douglas Harrison, PhD, as the associate dean of the School’s Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies (DAUS), effective May 1, 2023.

Before joining NYU SPS, Harrison was vice president and founding dean at the School of Cybersecurity and Information Technology at the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC), where he was deeply engaged in transforming the learning experience for the University. In addition, he was part of the UMGC President’s Cabinet, advising on key projects and initiatives across the University.

“Our mission for our DAUS program is to provide transformative experiences for students at all stages of their undergraduate educational journeys,” said NYU SPS Dean Angie Kamath. “With his expertise working closely with industry to develop strong career-connected learning, Doug will be instrumental in helping us evolve our DAUS on-site and online offerings for our diverse community of learners.”

“I am thrilled to be joining NYU SPS,” said Harrison. “I am grateful for this opportunity to make a difference in the lives of learners by empowering them to earn an NYU undergraduate degree and impact and improve their lives.”

Harrison has also held administrative and faculty appointments at Trinity Washington University, where he led a transformation of the first-year curriculum at the university’s historic women’s college; James Madison University, where he oversaw career development initiatives for faculty; and Florida Gulf Coast University, where he was faculty senate president and a member of the Board of Trustees.

His work in higher education has been recognized with the National Education Association’s Award for Excellence in the Academy and the John W. Kluge Fellowship at the Library of Congress. Harrison received a bachelor’s degree from the Pierre Laclede Honors College at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and master’s and doctoral degrees from Washington University in St. Louis.

NYU SPS Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies
NYU SPS DAUS serves a diverse community of learners, including transfer students; adult learners; military veterans and active duty military and their families; and those with at least one gap semester from having earned their high school diploma, each with their own needs, goals, and objectives. Anchored in the liberal arts, the DAUS undergraduate degree programs in humanities and social sciences, and applied studies in business, technology, media, and healthcare offer the flexibility and choice for full-time or part-time study in onsite and online courses in a unique, small-college environment within NYU’s global research network. For more information about the program’s associate degrees, and online and onsite bachelor’s degrees, visit the NYU SPS DAUS webpage.

NYU School of Professional Studies
For more than 87 years, the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYU SPS) has been a deeply respected institution of higher education grounded in applied learning. From its early years, training returning World War II veterans to fulfill the nation’s urgent need for skilled technical workers, it has evolved into a professional education powerhouse that offers 21 graduate degrees, 13 bachelor’s degrees for traditional and degree completion students, four associate degrees, and a plethora of continuing education courses and credentials.

Home to some of the largest and most prestigious industry conferences in the world, including the NYU SPS Institute on Federal Taxation, the Schack Institute of Real Estate’s Capital Markets Conference, REIT Symposium, and National Symposium of Women in Real Estate; the Jonathan M. Tisch Center’s International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, and the NYU Coaching and Technology Summit, the School’s invaluable connections to industry leaders is a truly distinguishing factor in the education that it provides. Through career development services and resources provided by the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development at NYU SPS, guest lecturers, site visits, numerous conferences and events, and Global Field Intensives, students benefit from an NYU education that will set them apart. In addition, they can learn from and network with more than 41,000 NYU SPS alumni who live, work, and contribute to innovation in global industries. To learn more about NYU SPS, visit

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