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Welcome to the new Tulane School of Professional Advancement.

Our name has changed from the School of Continuing Studies but our mission has stayed the same.

Meet the Advisors, Faculty, & Staff

Suri Duitch

Suri Duitch
Dean and Vice President for Academic Innovation

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Suri Duitch is dean of the Tulane University School of Professional Advancement. Duitch also holds the additional title of vice president for academic innovation, and has a leadership role in the development and deployment of new digital courseware and learning platforms for the university as a whole. Under her leadership, the school is taking a fresh look at how it (and Tulane University) can best meet the needs of working adults and employers in New Orleans, the Gulf Coast region, and beyond, through both classroom-based and online courses and degree programs.

She joined Tulane from the City University of New York, the nation’s largest urban public university system, where she was an administrator from 2004 to 2016. At CUNY, she was University Dean for Continuing Education and Workforce Development, as well as the deputy to the senior university dean for academic affairs. Her portfolio there included continuing education, workforce development, adult literacy and language courses, programs for students on public assistance, several student employment initiatives and special projects, such as CUNY’s Early Childhood Professional Development Institute as well as its Creative Arts Team. The total annual enrollment in all these endeavors was over 250,000 students.

Prior to joining CUNY, she held policy and program oversight positions in New York City government agencies, and worked with nonprofits and private foundations to conduct research in areas such as the arts and economic development, children’s health services and nonprofit advocacy.

Her passions in work relate to opening up higher education, and the life-transforming benefits of the knowledge, skills and credentials gained from college, to people who wouldn’t otherwise have that access. She is also deeply committed to helping adult students gain knowledge and skills to advance in their careers and to further develop as members of their families and communities.

Duitch holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Columbia College, Columbia University, an MSW in community organizing from Hunter College–CUNY, and a PhD in urban education from the CUNY Graduate Center.

She lives in New Orleans with her husband, Neil Kleiman, a political scientist and urban policy expert on the faculty at the New York University - Wagner School of Public Service, and their two children.

Hope Anderson

Hope Anderson
Project Assistant

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Louvenia Askew

Louvenia Askew
Senior Academic Advisor

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Ronna Burger

Ronna Burger
Director, Master of Liberal Arts

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Barbara Cambre

Barbara Cambre
Project Assistant

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Monica Caminita

Monica Caminita
Project Assistant

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Don Cooper

Don Cooper
Media/Communications Specialist

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Jo Ann Davis
Senior Academic Advisor

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Lanie Dornier

Lanie Dornier | bio
Professor of Practice and Program Director, Health & Wellness

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Joseph Dunaway

Joseph Dunaway
Manager, Facility Operations
Elmwood Campus

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Terrence Fitzmorris

Terrence Fitzmorris
Professor of Practice, Louisiana Studies

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Gina Fortado

Gina Fortado
Project Assistant

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Nancy Gault

Nancy Gault
Project Assistant, MS Coast

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Lance Green

Lance B. Green | bio
Wellness and Human Performance,
Associate Clinical Professor

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Deena Hanson

Deena Hanson
Data Analyst

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Edna Hoff

Edna Hoff
Executive Secretary

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Robyn Ice

Robyn Ice | bio
Professor of Practice and Program Director, Paralegal Studies

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Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson
Customer Service Assistant

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R. Thomas Kambur

R. Thomas Kambur
Manager of Records

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Ilianna Kwaske

Ilianna Kwaske | bio
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

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Jerry Lenaz

Jerry Lenaz | LinkedIn | bio
Professor of Practice and Program Director, Business and Leadership Programs

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Kay McLennan

Kay McLennan
Professor of Practice, Business Studies

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Patricia Oates

Patricia Oates
Interim Campus Director, Biloxi

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Christa Payne

Christa Payne | bio
Director, Business Operations
& Administrative Services

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Daniel Rahey

Daniel Rahey
Senior Academic Advisor

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Carrie Lee Schwartz

Carrie Lee Schwartz | website | bio
Senior Professor of Practice,
Media Arts/Digital Design

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Irvin Schwarz

Irvin Schwarz
Network Administrator

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Jim Simmons

Jim Simmons | bio
Professor of Practice and Senior Director, Academic Computing Programs

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Lanaya Smith

Lanaya Smith
Executive Secretary to the Associate Dean

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Amber Stalcup

Amber Stalcup
Administrative Program Coordinator

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Celeste Uzee

Celeste Uzee
Director of Communications & Special Projects

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Michael Wallace

Michael Wallace | bio
Professor of Practice and Program Director, Homeland Security Studies

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Barby White

Barby White
Project Assistant

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Allen Williams

Allen Williams
Director of Recruitment and Admissions

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