Welcome to the fall 2020 semester! On July 1, I became the new dean of the School of Business. I am delighted to be part of the TCNJ family and the superb people in the business school. Together, we uphold our dedication to our incredible students.
Presently, I am listening to our business school constituents to strengthen my knowledge about TCNJ and the business school. It is important to me to forge relationships to guide our school on a collaborative, inclusive mission as we move forward over the next decade. To that end, I regularly meet with staff, department chairs, and other members of the administration. I am also branching out to connect with alumni and members of the Dean’s Advisory Council. With the assistance of our development staff, I am engaging with our donors, who generously offer their time, talents, and other contributions in support of the excellent education provided to our students. We are grateful for their support.
We are all so grateful to our faculty who spent time during the summer to further improve their online teaching skills to provide the best possible academic experience for students. For classroom instruction, some faculty chose to train to use new camera equipment installed in classrooms to virtually teach so that students can view a more traditional classroom setting. I met many members of the full-time and adjunct faculty and will continue to do so through one-one meetings this fall.
Our communications specialist and staff added office operations links to our business school website for students to get information about online advising and the change of major process. All office hours and academic advising will be done online. Our office staff and faculty will be available via their TCNJ phone numbers through a new Rainbow app.
In meeting with career services staff, I know that students will have every opportunity to prepare for internships and careers this fall through many virtual events. In the business school itself we will also provide virtual resume review sessions.
To ensure safety for our campus community in light of COVID, please see Fall 2020: Lion Strong for continual updates. At the same time, as the values of diversity, inclusion, and equity are on everyone’s minds, we adopted a statement to renew our commitment to treat every individual with dignity, respect, kindness, compassion, equality and civility. An action planning committee is charged to develop and plan inclusion activities for all school of business members. We will listen and you will be heard.
There are still many opportunities to stay fully engaged in campus activities through the Virtual Opportunities Calendar, Instagram, and a weekly email newsletter. Join a student organization and meet virtually! Attend a virtual guest lecture on September 23 with alumni Darrel Kasper ‘93 and George Wunder ‘94! Come to the Women’s Leadership Summit on November 11! You can also come to virtually meet me through a Meet the New Dean session. I am available and accessible to you.
At he business school the School of Business, we are resilient, adaptable, and courageous. Let’s have the best fall semester ever! I am so excited to be here with you!
Kathryn J. Jervis, Ph.D.
Dean of the School of Business
The College of New Jersey