Rosoff Is Named Inaugural Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies

By Purnell T. Cropper | August 1, 2012

Arcadia University has announced Nancy G. Rosoff, Ph.D., as the inaugural Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, where she will oversee nationally ranked academic programs and a pioneering global curriculum.

“Arcadia is a wonderful mix of liberal arts at the undergraduate level and top-ranked professional schools at the graduate level,” said Carl (Tobey) Oxholm III, President of Arcadia University. “Nancy is perfect for Arcadia because she sees the power that each can offer the other, especially in terms of the enrichment that the students can provide each other. Her role will become all the more important as we continue to expand the number of accelerated bachelor’s-plus-master’s degree options that we are offering to our students.”

“In line with the Academic Strategic Plan, the establishment of the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies concludes the structuring exercise that started about a year ago,” said Dr. Steve O. Michael, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “We are delighted to have Dr. Nancy Rosoff as the dean of this newly restructured academic unit. Nancy brings a wealth of experience as an associate dean of undergraduate studies and an impressive record of professional accomplishments. Indeed, Arcadia is pleased to welcome her to the family.”

“I am delighted to be at Arcadia and to work with a faculty and staff dedicated to innovative programs that reflect the Arcadia Promise of a ‘global, integrated, and personal learning experience.’ The students I have met are dynamic and engaged, and I look forward to helping to shape their academic success,” says Rosoff.

Rosoff is responsible for the oversight and implementation of academic policies and programs at both the graduate and undergraduate level. She also chairs the Arcadia Undergraduate Curriculum Steering Committee, which oversees Arcadia’s distinctive Global Connections Experience for all students and the spring “Preview” week overseas—both designed to prepare students to contribute and lead in a diverse and dynamic global workforce. (

Previously, Rosoff was Associate Dean for University College and Academic Affairs for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University-Camden. An historian, Rosoff has an active research agenda focused on two key areas: the history of women in sport and the role of fiction for teenage girls as a means of informal education. She is an honorary research fellow of the Centre for the History of Women’s Education at the University of Winchester.

Her publications include articles in the Women’s History Magazine (U.K.), the Journal of American Culture, and the OAH Magazine of History, as well as a chapter in Sport, Rhetoric, and Gender: Historical Perspectives and Media Representations. She has presented her research at the annual meetings of the Women’s History Network (U.K.), the American Historical Association, the History of Education Society (U.K.), the International Standing Committee on the History of Education, and the Popular Culture/American Culture Association. Read more about her research at and at her Transnational Femininities website at