Joan C. Ficke Appointed Dean of The Graduate School

Joan C. Ficke has been appointed dean of The Graduate School at Montclair State University. In a distinguished and diverse 34-year career of service at Montclair State, Ficke has served in several key positions in Academic Affairs, most recently as the University’s senior vice provost.

“Dr. Ficke’s record of achievement across the Division of Academic Affairs and as a Member in the Council of Deans positions her to lead The Graduate School and to effectively and expeditiously promote the further development of graduate education in program diversity, enrollment, and quality at Montclair State University,” commented Willard P. Gingerich, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

As dean of the Graduate School, Ficke will continue to hold her joint faculty appointment in the departments of Health and Nutrition Sciences, and Exercise Science and Physical Education, within the College of Education and Human Services. In other previous administrative positions at Montclair, she served as interim dean of students and as director of the Women’s Center. In 2006, she was named to the University’s Athletics Hall of Fame.

Ficke’s experience beyond the University includes service as the executive director of the New Jersey Business Group on Health, addressing issues related to health care policy, as well as participation as a Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, and in the Management Institute for Women in Higher Education, Wellesley College.

Ficke earned her bachelor’s degree at Montclair State and completed her master’s and doctoral degrees at New York University. She is a resident of Ridgewood, New Jersey, where she lives with her husband, Joseph Thomas Moore, professor emeritus of History and Social Studies Education at Montclair State.

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