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Division of Academic Affairs

The Division of Academic Affairs is one of five administrative divisions within the School of Nursing. Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, in collaboration with the Assistant Deans of Academic Affairs, provides academic leadership for the school and oversight to the processes that support the school’s academic mission.

The Division of Academic Affairs is responsible for the planning, development, implementation, administration, and evaluation of the Columbia University School of Nursing (CUSON) academic programs. The Division of Academic Affairs facilitates academic policies, procedures, and standards for students and faculty. The Division of Academic Affairs also oversees: faculty hiring, school curriculum and new curricular initiatives, and support for teaching.

The Division of Academic Affairs is assisted in its endeavors by its division units:

Master's Direct Entry (MDE)


Karen Desjardins, MS, MPH, DNP,
Program Director
Assistant Dean, Academic Affairs
Heidi Hahn-Schroeder, MSN, RN
Clinical Coordinator
Instructor of Nursing at CUMC
Nina Roman
Program Manager
Janette Ricketts, MPA
Program Coordinator
Chandra Cates
Administrative Assistant
Admissions and Financial Aid Information: 212-305-5756
General Questions & ETP Office: 212-305-2805

Master's  Program & Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Sue Doyle-Lindrud, DNP, APN
Assistant Dean, Academic Affairs
Kelly Hafermann, MA
Academic Affairs Coordinator

Office of Academic Program Support
Academic Program Support Coordinators

Academic Master's and Post Master's Programs and Program Directors

Admininstrative Departments

Office of Academic Services and Reporting (OASR)
Contact Information