Vita C. Rabinowitz is the Interim Chancellor at The City University of New York, a post she has held since June 1, 2018.
For three years prior to her current appointment, Dr. Rabinowitz was Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost.
For nearly a decade, Dr. Rabinowitz served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Hunter College, where she has been a dedicated faculty member for her entire academic career. In addition to teaching and mentoring thousands of students over the course of her 37 years at Hunter, she held a variety of administrative positions before assuming the role of provost, including chairperson of the Department of Psychology, acting associate provost, and acting provost.
While at Hunter, Dr. Rabinowitz was the recipient of major NSF grants, including one that established Hunter’s Gender Equity Project (GEP), which sought to advance women faculty in the natural and social sciences and became an incubator for faculty development at Hunter. She served as co-director of the GEP for eight years. As provost, she received an NSF award to strengthen the many STEM enrichment programs at Hunter College and launch Hunter’s Undergraduate Research Initiative.
In addition to her extensive service at Hunter, since 1978 Dr. Rabinowitz has been a member of the doctoral program in Psychology at CUNY Graduate Center, where she served as acting program head of the Social/Personality doctoral subprogram.
Dr. Rabinowitz received her master’s and doctoral degrees in social psychology at Northwestern University. The range of her scholarly interests includes the study of women and achievement, methodological issues in the study of gender, memory, and coping with adverse outcomes. Her co-authored textbook on the psychology of women, Engendering Psychology: Women and Gender Revisited, is in its second edition.