About the Schwartz Institute

Founded in 1997 thanks to the generous support of Bernard L. Schwartz, a CUNY alumnus, the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute encourages the emphasis of oral, written, and computer mediated communication across the curriculum at Baruch College. We are at once an academic service unit, a faculty development program and a think tank committed to exploring emerging practices and technologies for fostering effective, purposeful speaking and writing in the classroom and the workplace. We work to facilitate a coordinated effort across the disciplines to encourage students to see themselves as communicators, to value the importance of communicating their ideas well and to gain a respect for the differences among the various modes of expression at play in academic and professional environments.

Over the last few years, the Institute has come to be regarded at Baruch, at CUNY and beyond as a leader in experimenting with and thinking about instructional technology and new modes of communication, particularly web publishing and social media. Institute staff regularly consults academic departments and administrative units on the use of social media tools and on teaching effectively with technology.

Our Fellows are advanced graduate students in a wide range of disciplines at the CUNY Graduate Center and are expert in writing and public speaking pedagogies and approaches. In addition to our traditional professional development programs for Baruch faculty focused on curricular and pedagogical matters, we also offer our Fellows professional development aimed at preparing them for the demands of being a productive member of an academic department. Our Fellows have gone on to post-doctoral fellowships and full time faculty and administrative appointments at colleges and universities across the country, including Tulane University, Wake Forest University, Duke University, Stanford University, Penn State University, New Economic School, Moscow, CUNY Graduate Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, San Francisco State University, Columbia College, Chicago, and a host of notable others.

We operate under the Office of the Provost, and are supported by a Business Advisory Council, made up of leading business professionals.

The Schwartz Communication Institute is the 2008 Recipient of the TIAA-CREF Institute’s Theodore M. Hesburgh Award, which recognizes innovative faculty development programs. We were also among the 2009 recipients of CUNY’s Michael Ribaudo Award for Technology Excellence in recognition of our work with Blogs@Baruch.

For more about the Schwartz Institute and what we do at Baruch College, please see “Improving Communication is Everybody’s Responsibility,” a profile of the Institute in the Carnegie Foundation’s Change Magazine. [PDF]

Administrative staff

  • Heather Samples, Director
  • Meechal Hoffman, Acting Associate Director
  • Keneika Rowe, Senior Administrative Assistant

For a full staff list, please click here.

Business Advisory Council

  • Herbert R. Brinberg (Chair), President, Parnassus Associates International
  • Norman Brust, Vice President, Corporate Communications (retired), Contel Corporation
  • Ellen Cahill, co-founder, Cahill Associates, Inc.
  • John K. Gillespie, President, Gillespie Global Group
  • Oliver Lednicer, Chairman, Manufacturers Association of New York City
  • Ginny Malone, Reuters Academy
  • Ruth-Ellen H. Simmonds, Executive Director, One Stop Senior Services