Associate Provost for Continuing and Digital Learning
As Associate Provost for Continuing and Digital Learning, Dr. Lisa Springer is responsible for identifying and supporting the creation of innovative educational programs for students at various life stages who are drawn to Jewish learning for personal and professional reasons. Committed to Jewish learning, she works collaboratively with JTS leadership as well as with faculty, administration, and students to expand educational offerings so that they can better meet the needs of a larger population and deepen learning in the areas in which JTS excels.
Prior to joining JTS, Dr. Springer served as Provost of LIM College. While at LIM, she led curricular changes to highlight flexibility, relevance, and inclusion; worked to ensure faculty had a central voice in the development of online courses and programs; and launched a two-year completion degree program for transfer students, among many initiatives. She is most proud of the culture of collaboration and innovation she helped foster at the institution.
Previously, at the NYU School of Professional Studies, Dr. Springer served as Associate Dean for Global and Strategic Initiatives and Associate Dean for the Division of Languages and Humanities, as well as in other capacities. She led the launch of executive and training programs in Tokyo and Shanghai as well as the creation of programs for international high school students and a new master’s degree. Dr. Springer also held a leadership role in the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program and the NYU Abu Dhabi Summer Academy, two initiatives that are collaborations between NYU Abu Dhabi and the government of the United Arab Emirates. In this program, as in all of her work, Dr. Springer was motivated to create an engaging educational program that melded academic with co-curricular activities and had a transformative impact on students.
Dr. Springer’s doctoral research focused on what led faculty at LIM College to embrace online learning, despite initial misgivings. Her research highlighted the importance of faculty autonomy in making this transition, as well as the importance of providing faculty with support in achieving such a cultural shift.
Dr. Springer holds a B.A. in Psychology from Barnard College, Columbia University, an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from Warren Wilson College, and an Ed.D. in Leadership and Innovation from New York University.