University Dean for Education
Ashleigh Thompson is University Dean for Education at the City University of New York (CUNY). In that role, she oversees Teacher Education across CUNY, a portfolio encompassing more than 16,000 education students pursuing associate to doctoral degrees. Dr. Thompson convenes the Deans and Chairs from CUNY’s Schools and Departments of Education, creating and implementing University-wide strategy for teacher preparation both internally and with outside partners.
Dean Thompson directs CUNY’s NYC Men Teach initiative, an engagement and recruitment effort of the Mayor’s Office aimed to inspire more men of color to become teachers in New York City. She is also Principal Investigator on CUNY’s NYC Teaching Fellows partnership with the NYC Department of Education. She leads a diverse array of University-wide Academic Affairs initiatives focused on student access and success. Dr. Thompson represents CUNY on boards and committees across the University, City and State, such as Lincoln Center and New York State Education Department.
Dr. Thompson has also served as University Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Prior to this, she was Deputy to the University Dean for Health and Human Services, and Deputy Director of the JFK, Jr. Institute at CUNY, promoting workforce development initiatives responding to health reform, labor market trends, and evidence-based research.
Before coming to CUNY in 2003, Dr. Thompson taught at an independent middle school for economically-disadvantaged girls in New York City’s Lower East Side, and she has also worked at several community-based nonprofits serving youth.
Dr. Thompson has taught graduate coursework, presented and published, especially in the interdisciplinary fields of Disability Studies and Youth Studies. She is also a 2016 Fulbright recipient.
Dr. Thompson received her B.A. in English and Spanish from the University of Notre Dame, her M.S.A. in Nonprofit Administration from Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, and a Ph.D. in Urban Education specializing in Policy Studies from The Graduate Center, CUNY.