Where do the experts teach? Metropolitan College of New York!
March 10-13, Dr. Joanne Ardovini, Dean for the Audrey Cohen School for Human Services & Education, Masters in Public Administration, Masters in Community Health Education, Emergency and Disaster Management and Certificate Programs helped organize and presided over workshops at the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society (ESS) at Boston Park Plaza Hotel.
Dr. Adovini’s ESS workshop focused on challenges and strategies faced by women, people of color and the LGBTQ+ community in academics when entering and thriving in administrative and leadership positions. Panelists discussed the unique circumstances marginalized academics encounter when heading departments, taking up dean roles and managing others.
“When members of these communities continue to experience marginalization throughout Higher Education, no matter what position they hold, ‘The Glass Ceiling’ is just one barrier to success,” said Dr. Joanne Ardovini, “We, as a community, must develop our own networks to empowerment. Instead of waiting passively for agency to be granted, we must empower each other. We are each other’ s strength and foundation. Only via a solid and collective foundation can strength be built.”
The theme for the 2022 Eastern Sociological Society Meetings was “Strategic Sites and Ways for Sociology to Fight Inequality and Injustice” with an emphasis on:
- social processes, identifying and engaging with strategic sites in the world of universities and colleges and promoting public sociology
- strategic intervention by sociologists and their organizational or practitioner partners in a climate change, political polarization, or inequality
- defending or expanding the rights of targeted groups, including immigrants, the LGBTQ+ community, labor organizations, racial or ethnic groups or others, or to address the demands of social movements such as MeToo or Black Lives Matter
About Joanne Ardovini (B.S. Marist College, M.A. State University of New York, College at Brockport, Ph.D., Western Michigan University, Post Doctorate, Institute for Leadership Transformation)
Dr. Ardovini is the Dean for the Audrey Cohen School for Human Services & Education, Masters in Public Administration, Masters in Community Health Education, Emergency and Disaster Management and certificate programs. Dr. Ardovini also serves as the Program Director for Human Services, Common Curriculum, The Pathways Program. She holds the status of Full Professor and joined Metropolitan College of New York in 2004.
Before joining the MCNY faculty, she served as an Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Sociology at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Dr. Ardovini helped develop the first Victimology Program in the United States and the first Sociology of Sports Program at the University. She also served as the Faculty Advisor for the Black, Hispanic and LGB Student Unions.
Dr. Ardovini has been published in the areas of curriculum development, feminist pedagogy, research methodologies, inequalities in education, juvenile boot camps, media portrayals of rape, victimization and sexual harassment. Her most recent publications explore innovations within curriculum development as a form of social justice.
Dr. Ardovini also volunteers at the Turn 2 Foundation and is interested in conducting research within the field of sports and sports history. Her most recent accolade was as an awardee of the 2018 City and State 30 Most Influential Women Award.