Heather Horowitz, Ed.D. (she/her/hers)

Dir. of Engagement & New Student Program, Student Engagement

1 (215) 572-4044

About Me

Dr. Heather Horowitz started her Arcadia University adventure in February 2016. Her mission is to foster a campus experience that allows all students to form a connection to the AU community and feel a sense of belonging. She is dedicated to creating a seamless learning environment for students to discover leadership skills and interests that prepare them for their future.    

At AU, Heather is responsible for the oversight of campus activities, leadership initiatives, student center operations, student organizations, and co-curricular first year seminar programming. She also supports campus traditions such as Orientation, Family Weekend, and Spring Fling. She has the pleasure of supervising two Assistant Directors and an Administrative Assistant. She also indirectly supervises two coordinators and two graduate assistants. 

Prior to AU, Heather served as the Associate Director of Student Engagement at Jefferson University- East Falls (formerly, Philadelphia University) and as a Residence Director of the First Year Experience Residence Hall at Rider University. She earned her Ed.D. from Wilmington University and her M.A. and B.A. from Rider University. 

Heather's professional interests include mentorship, supervision, professional development, assessment, curriculum development, course design, leadership education, and teaching. Heather is an Adjunct Instructor in the Wilmington University Ed.D. Higher Education Leadership and M.Ed. Higher Education Programs. She teaches courses on academic research and writing, student affairs, higher education law and policy, student development theory, and assessment of student learning. 

Research interests include first-year student success, emotional intelligence, and resilience. Heather's dissertation was titled Developing Resilience in Female, First-Year College Students: An Emotional Intelligence Education Intervention. She conducted a mixed- methods, quasi-experimental study to examine the level of resilience in female, first-year college students and to assess the impact of an emotional intelligence education intervention on female, first-year college student resilience in a first-year experience course.

Heather loves the New York Yankees, coffee, TV, and film. When not at AU, Heather is most likely watching Netflix, indoor cycling, at Yankee Stadium, or spending time with her amazing and supportive wife. 

Long Island, NY

Education History

Wilmington University

Doctor of Education , Major in Higher Education Leadership and Innovation

Rider University

Master of Arts , Major in Organizational Leadership

Minor in Higher Education Administration

Rider University

Bachelor of Arts, Major in Political Science and History

Minor in Law and Justice