New Leadership at The New School’s Continuing and Professional Education Brings Its Unique Programming to New Audiences
When The New School opened more than a century ago, continuing education was its foundation and purpose; the school operated as a non-degree educational center for adult learners. Today, the university’s Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) has adopted a more contemporary approach, providing programs led by both academics and practitioners that are flexible enough to meet the ever-changing needs of professionals and young learners. Recently CPE announced the appointment of two leaders—Joe Sloan as executive director and dean and Mariana Amatullo as vice provost and academic dean—who will work to expand the reach of The New School, with its singular approach to design, management, the fine arts, and critical thinking.
“Drawing on their experience in disciplines that are central to The New School and our legacy of continuing education, Joe and Mariana bring fresh and distinctive perspectives that will help us reach new and broader audiences with programming tailored to their interests and needs,” said Anne Adriance, senior vice president for Marketing and Business Development, in a press release. “I am excited to work with Joe and Mariana. Their strengths as leaders will enable the university to expand and evolve our offerings and provide an even richer and more engaging experience for our students.”
Over the years, CPE has continued to adapt its educational offerings to respond to the rapidly changing needs of professionals, adult learners, and pre-college students. Through a range of programs including Parsons Entrepreneur Academy, Pre-College and Summer Intensive Programs, Parsons Executive Education, and a variety of certificate programs, CPE brings the university’s unique educational experience to learners of all ages, from elementary students to retirees.
As executive director and dean, Sloan is responsible for expanding access for the division, including the development and expansion of programs, offerings, the delivery platform, and external partnerships. An accomplished online program management operations executive, he brings to CPE approximately 20 years of experience leading innovative online learning programs and strategic growth planning in for-profit, state, and private universities.
“I’m excited to join The New School’s Continuing and Professional Education unit as executive director and dean,” said Sloan in a press release. “The New School’s CPE is known for dynamic educational experiences in design, fine arts, management, the social sciences, and critical thinking that allow learners to advance their personal and professional interests, and I’m looking forward to expanding our reach and bringing our world-class interdisciplinary approach to a wider audience.”
Most recently, Sloan served as the senior vice president of Partnerships at Bisk Education, where he directed company-wide online degree and certificate program partnerships with institutions including Columbia Law, Emory University, Florida Tech, Michigan State University, Southern Methodist University, and Villanova University. He has worked at Arizona State University, the Apollo Education Group, the University of Phoenix, Western International University, and Pearson, where he oversaw one of the largest online program management partnerships in North America as vice president of the Arizona State University (ASU) online relationship. His work for ASU included supporting the initiation and expansion of a first-of-its-kind partnership between ASU and Starbucks Corporation, offering more than 100 online programs to Starbucks employees. Sloan was also instrumental in the launch of InStride, a learning services enterprise organization established by The Rise Fund, an impact investment group, and ASU.
Sloan’s teaching experience includes serving as instructor for courses in international management at the National Economics University in Vietnam. He holds a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Grand Canyon University and an MBA and Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. Most recently, he attended the Institute for Management & Leadership Education at Harvard University.
Amatullo—a practitioner-scholar, academic administrator, and design strategist—has been a key member of the New School community since she joined in 2017. As vice provost and academic dean of CPE, Amatullo provides leadership in the areas of academic strategy, integration, and development; promotes collaboration; and ensures curricular integrity.
“I am delighted to take on this new and important role at CPE and continue collaborating with my peers in the academic leadership of our institution to expand and innovate the great educational experiences we provide to a wide spectrum of students in CPE: executives, entrepreneurs, creatives, innovators, makers, and young learners,” said Amatullo. “Our programs embrace a culture of lifelong learning increasingly essential to contend with the global disruptions and profound inequities we are experiencing today—from the climate crisis to technological and demographic change and the transforming world of work. I am looking forward to facilitating new academic pathways and opportunities to make our rich learning environment accessible to a wider set of learners with programming relevant to the urgent societal needs that The New School is in a unique position to address with the talent and creativity of our community.”
Amatullo most recently served as vice provost for Global Executive Education and Online Strategic Initiatives for CPE, making vital contributions to the unit’s Online Learning division and the establishment of Parsons Executive Education. She is a faculty member in the School of Design Strategies at Parsons School of Design and a core faculty member of the university’s Graduate Minor in Civic Service Design. Before joining The New School, Amatullo led Designmatters, the award-winning social innovation department at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California, which she co-founded in 2001. She is the honorary president of the Cumulus Association, a leading global association of art and design education and research, and recently joined the Board of Aalto University in Finland. She holds a PhD in Management (Designing Sustainable Systems) from Case Western Reserve University, an MA in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Southern California, and a Licence en Lettres Degree from the Sorbonne University, Paris. She also studied art history at L’Ecole du Louvre.