Leadership

Willard Gingerich

Dr. Willard Gingerich, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs‌

Dr. Willard Gingerich joined Montclair State as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2008.

Dr. Gingerich came to the University from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he served as Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of English. Prior to that, at St. John's University, he held the position of Dean of the Graduate School before serving as Vice Provost for Graduate Programs and Research.

A former Fulbright Scholar in American Literatures, Dr. Gingerich received his BA in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He studied in Mexico at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia before earning his PhD in English from the University of Connecticut, where he was both an NDEA Fellow and an NDFL Fellow.

Photo of Tamara Lucas.

Tamara F. Lucas, Dean

Dr. Tamara Lucas became Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University in Spring 2016.

Dr. Lucas previously served the College as Acting Dean, Associate Dean and Professor. As Acting Dean and Associate Dean, she led major efforts in the College to bring recognition to the education and human services disciplines. Under her leadership, the college saw a 77% increase in proposed external grant dollars; developed four doctoral degree programs; was awarded new or continuing national accreditation for multiple programs; and became one of the only two institutions in the State of NJ to be nationally ranked as a Best Education School by US News & World Report. Prior to joining Montclair State, Dr. Lucas worked at Teachers College, Columbia University; and San Francisco State University. 

Dr. Lucas is a nationally-respected scholar in the education of English Language Learners and the preparation of linguistically responsive teachers. She is the author of three books, most recently a Routledge book, Teacher Preparation for Linguistically Diverse Classrooms: A Resource for Teacher Educators.  She has shared her scholarship in more than 150 journal articles, book chapters and presentations, and has served her discipline as a reviewer for several top journals and foundations.