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Montclair State University

Montclair State University

Montclair State is New Jersey's second largest university. It offers the advantages of a large university - a broad undergraduate curriculum with a global focus, a wide variety of superior graduate programs through the doctoral level, and a diverse faculty and student body - combined with a small college's attention to students.

Montclair State is committed to providing student with outstanding learning opportunities that lead to a lifetime of critical reflection, civic responsibility, and career achievement. It supports a vital community of scholars actively engaged in the creation and application of knowledge, and serves as a resource to the community beyond its campus. Believing that small class environments are more conducive to learning, it has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17:1 so professors can interact personally with students to help further the learning process.

With more than 250 undergraduate majors, minors, and concentrations and graduate programs in nearly 100 fields of study, Montclair State provides a comprehensive array of academic programs while remaining accessible and affordable. Through its six schools and colleges-- College of the Arts, College of Education and Human Services, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Science and Mathematics, School of Business and The Graduate School--Montclair State University prepares its students to lead productive and rewarding lives.

Doctoral programs include the only PhD in Counselor Education in the metro NY/NJ area; one of the country’s few PhDs in Environmental Management; one of only 69 doctoral programs in Audiology; and the nation’s only EdD in Pedagogy.

University Hall, which opened in 2006, is the largest and most sophisticated building in Montclair State University's history. It has over 60 instructional spaces for use by all of the University's colleges and schools, including one 200-seat and six 100-seat lecture halls, 39 general classrooms, 11 specialized classrooms and laboratories, and a number of student study lounges and gathering spaces. In 2010, the University opened the new home of the John J. Cali School of Music. The building transformed a former residence, built in 1928 in the campus’ signature Spanish mission style, and joins it with the new facility -- a seamless pairing of the original architecture with the new structure. The building provides 53,000 square feet of space for the University's highly-regarded music program and includes the major features of a conservatory environment including teaching laboratories, rehearsal halls, practice rooms, teaching studios, a music therapy suite, and the 240-seat Jed Leshowitz Recital Hall.

The suburban, park-like campus in suburban New Jersey is just minutes away from the epicenter of the world. New York City is just a short ride (14 miles) away and there are two train stations right on campus that lead right into the heart of Manhattan within minutes.

Montclair State's strong commitment to public service is evidenced by its wide variety of noncredit programs offered to various constituencies. Each year, more than 1,200 academically gifted youngsters take part in advanced instructional programs offered weekends and during the summer on campus, and close to 500 talented children receive instruction through the Preparatory Center for the Arts. The School of Conservation, a 240-acre facility in Stokes State Forest, is one of the largest university-operated environmental education centers in the world, providing two- to five-day programs for about 10,000 elementary and secondary school students annually from around the state as well as graduate education for students from throughout the world. The University's Service Learning Program, in which students work with community groups throughout the area as part of their academic course work, has provided services to several communities in the area, and the New Jersey Network for Educational Renewal, a school-University partnership dedicated to the simultaneous renewal of the schools and teacher education, serves 26 school districts in northern New Jersey.

From its founding in 1908, the history of Montclair State University has been one of change, growth and distinction. Proud of its heritage and prepared to respond to the challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century, Montclair State continues to be a major contributor to the cultural, economic, and educational life of the region. 


Diversity Profile: Montclair State University

Equity & Diversity Programs collaborates with various Montclair State University organizations and departments on programs such as Diversity Week, Building Bridges Interfaith Dialogue Series, LGBT Safe Space training, Constitution Day, and the World’s Fair to encourage awareness and diversity.

Montclair State is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate in its recruitment and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, gender, age, disabling condition, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veterans status, or other non-job related criteria. Equal employment opportunity includes, but is not limited to, recruitment, hiring, retention, tenure, promotion, transfer, compensation, fringe benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment in accordance with state laws and regulations.

Montclair State is committed to the principle of affirmative action as a means to overcome the residual effects of systemic discrimination, or to correct a manifest imbalance of females and people of color, thereby creating a more diverse workforce. The University will take affirmative action to encourage minorities, females and persons with disabilities to apply for positions at all job levels. Employment practices will be reviewed periodically to determine whether the protected classes (Blacks, Hispanics,Asians/Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, Asians/Pacific Islanders, women, and persons with disabilities) are being afforded fair and equal consideration for faculty, administrative, professional and support positions, as well as for promotion, tenure, and other terms and conditions of employment.

President's Commission on Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, and Diversity

The mandate of the President's Commission on Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, and Diversity is to: Recommend to the President of the University that special studies be undertaken to identify, analyze and evaluate problem areas inherent in minority and female employment. Recommend to the President of the University policies and procedures to assist in the development, maintenance and implementation of the University's equal employment opportunity and affirmative action program required by Federal Executive Orders 11246 and 11375, as amended and any other federal or state rules or regulation now in effect or that may be passed relating to equal opportunity and affirmative action. Recommend to the President of the University actions designed to assure that the University fulfills its legal responsibilities and its moral commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age or physical/mental disability. Assist the Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Officer in all ways to achieve success in organizing and monitoring the University's Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action program.

Please see link here for more information.

Barbara Milton, [email protected]
Director of Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action and Diversity

Montclair State University is committed to the principle that it is everyone's responsibility to foster an atmosphere of respect, tolerance, understanding and good will among all members of our diverse campus community. As an ever-growing pluralistic society, it is fundamental to our institutional mission to create an unbiased community and to oppose vigorously any form of racism, religious intolerance, sexism, ageism, homophobia, harassment, and discrimination against those with disabling conditions. Furthermore, the university eschews hate of any kind and will not tolerate behavior that violates the civil and statutory rights of an individual or group. Within this framework, each of us can feel free to express ourselves in ways that promote openness within a pluralistic and multicultural society.

For 13 years in a row, Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine placed us on its list of “Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics”.

Veteran and Military Resources
Montclair State University has received “Military Friendly School” Distinction.

Equity and Diversity Programs has sponsored with the following campus organizations in the past to aid in promoting diversity. Feel free to contact them and visit their weekly meetings to check out what they are all about! 

International Student Organization
ISO is the spearhead organization in Montclair State's quest for international diversity, the organization provides assistance, company, and guidance to Montclair State's large international student body.
Office: Student Center Annex 120 - Meets Wednesdays at 3PM

Latin American Student Organization
The Latin American Student Organization at Montclair State University deems it necessary to expose and stimulate the college community to Latin American influences in history, literature, art, music and cuisine.
Office: Student Center Annex 100 - Meets Tuesdays at 3:30PM

Organization of Students for African Unity
As members of the African Diaspora, the Organization of Students for African Unity endeavors to represent the interests of African students, and ensure a voice is heard.
Meets Tuesdays at 7:30PM

Arab Student Organization 
The mission of the Arab Student Organization is to expand the awareness of the Arab world and political situation and to educate students on Arabic history and culture.
Office: Student Center Annex 124B - Meets Thursdays at 2:30PM

Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship
Chi Alpha is a diverse community of students on the campus of Montclair State University, declaring their faith in Christianity.
Office: Student Center Annex 124A - Meets Thursdays at 7:30PM

Haitian Student Association
The HSA promotes the awareness, respect and better understanding of the Haitian history, culture and traditions via social and cultural programs designed to further educate the campus community.
Meets Wednesdays at 3:00PM

Hillel (The Jewish Student Union)
Hillel is a welcoming gateway to the organized Jewish community.
Meets Wednesdays at 3:00PM

Indian Culture Club
The purpose of the Indian Culture Club is to promote awareness of the Indian culture by organizing events that involve both traditional and non-traditional cultural activities.
Office: Student Center Room 125 - Meets Wednesdays at 2:30PM

Muslim Student Association
The fundamental purpose of the Muslim Students Association, is to encourage and enable its members, with basic knowledge and competence in Islam, to contribute individually and collectively toward meeting human needs in conformity with Islamic doctrines and beliefs.
Office: Student Center Room 112F

Unified Asian American Student Organization
The Unified Asian Student Organization basically works to unify the many different Asian cultural groups on campus through programming and co-sponsorships, as well as to expose those who are not familiar with the Asian culture.
Office: Student Center Annex 124C - Meets Wednesdays at 3PM

Fraternities, Sororities, & Social Fellowships
Montclair State University's Greek Council is a board representing each fraternity, sorority, and social fellowship here on campus.
Advisor: Hayden Greene - Student Center Annex 104F

Sexuality, Pride, Education, Truth, Respect, and Unity
SPECTRUMS is a student organization dedicated to educating the community to gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-gender issues.
Office: Student Center Annex - Meets Mondays at 8PM

More Organizations!

These organizations have co-sponsored with us in the past as well.

- Caribbean Student Organization
- Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
- Native African Student Organization
- Students Against Violence

Equity & Diversity Programs collaborates with various Montclair State University organizations and departments on programs such as Diversity Week, Building Bridges Interfaith Dialogue Series, LGBT Safe Space training, Constitution Day, and the World’s Fair to encourage awareness and diversity. In addition, Equity & Diversity Programs promotes heritage and pride months such as African American History, Latino/a Pride, National Coming Out Day, Women’s History, Holocaust Remembrance Day, and Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage.

In the fall, we offer the annual What’s the D.E.A.L. (Diversity, Equity and Leadership) at Montclair State University? Conference for students. In the spring, we coordinate the annual All-Together Different Student Weekend Retreat, along with the Student Government Association and Student Leadership Programs, which aims to increase communication between diverse student populations on-campus. This weekend encourages student networking through team building activities, skits, and facilitated "tough conversations." We also provide a similar one-day diversity training for university faculty and staff in the winter.

Equity & Diversity Programs offers the following recurring programs:

    - Diversity Retreats, Trainings, and Conferences
    - All-Together Different Student Leadership Retreat
    - All-Together Different Faculty and Staff Training
    - What’s the D.E.A.L. (Diversity, Equity and Leadership) at Montclair State University?
        Student Conference
    - Building Bridges: Interfaith Dialogue Series
    - Q17: LGBT Discussion Group
    - Annual Events
    - Diversity Week
    - Conversations on Race
    - Male Image Week
    - Mandela Awards for Excellence in Diversity
    - Peace Week
    - World’s Fair

If you’re looking for an eclectic arts scene mixed with world cuisine and a funky downtown, Montclair is for you. This exurb (urban suburb) is home to writers, artists and musicians, whose presence is felt in the vibrant downtown, on the campus of Montclair State University that's home to the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center and in the various theaters and other arts spots.
Also at the university ae the New Jersey Jackals professional minor league babeball team that play in Yogi Berra Stadium.
For art lovers there's the Montclair Art Museum with permanent and changing exhibits, converst and films. Visit the spectactular English-style Avis Campbell Gardens.
The walkable downtown centers on Church Street, pedestrian friendly and filled with such locally owned shops as Amanti Vino for unusual wines, Beans for international coffees and Ruby for hip women’s clothes.
On nearby Bloomfield Avenue, you can travel gastronomically at Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant, Cuban Pete’s or Turkish spot Lalezar. Also around town are grand Victorian mansions and Arts and Crafts movement homes.
Several, including the Crane House and Evergreen, are available for tours. They are part of the Victorian Society of Montclair.

Don’t miss:
- The fine arts and Native American artifacts at Montclair Art Museum.
- A concert at the Art Deco Wellmont Theater.
- Family-friendly New Jersey Jackals minor league baseball games at Montclair State University and baseball legend (and Montclair resident) Yogi Berra’s namesake museum.
Presby Iris Garden for beautiful spring blooms and Van Vleck House and Gardens for year-round greenery.
Local secret:
Applegate Farms’ (Grove Street) distinctive red barn has been a fixture in Montclair since 1880. Today, the homemade ice cream is enjoyed 365 days a year (when it’s frosty out, plan to get it to go – there’s no indoor seating).


Jobs at Montclair State University

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  • Joseph A. Brennan

    Vice president for communications and marketing

    Date Announced: November 13, 2018
  • Lora Billings

    Dean, College of Science and Mathematics

    Date Announced: June 20, 2018

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