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Employee of the Month: Jay Kolick, Assistant Dean, School of Graduate and Professional Studies, Program Director, Accelerated Professional Studies Programs

Katie DuBoff - April 1, 2022

Jay KolickJay Kolick’s career at Rosemont began as an adjunct professor in the fall of 2013 while he was working in emergency management.  

With an extensive background in law enforcement, Kolick served in several roles prior to Rosemont, such as emergency manager for the Borough of Phoenixville; law enforcement ranger for Chester County supervising ranger operations across the North and Central districts; mental health counselor specializing in traumatic stress and addictions; licensed private detective; and adjunct professor at various local colleges including his undergraduate alma mater, Delaware Valley University. 

Through a twist of fate, he secured a full-time position at the College. 

“After an on-the-job injury in 2014, I transitioned out of law enforcement and wasn’t sure what my next chapter would be when the Criminal Justice Program Director at Rosemont position opened,” he said. “I applied and was hired in October of 2014 by then Dean Dr. Dennis Dougherty who was a great mentor and guided me as I entered the world of higher education full time.” 

He rose through the ranks, and in December 2021, he was promoted to Assistant Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.  

“I enjoy working with the best SGPS team ever assembled to enhance and deliver the highest quality academic programs possible within the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, and without our incredible SGPS team that includes our Dean Dr. Bosch, all of the academic program directors, SASC staff, and all of the members of SGPS council, my success would not be possible.”  

In his current role, Kolick manages all accelerated graduate and professional studies programs and their faculty including Applied Psychology, Business & Leadership, Criminal Justice, Global Cyber Security, Homeland Security & Emergency Management, Integrated Studies; serves as chair of the Academic Standards and Curriculum Committee which approves new programs and courses, academic program assessment and mediates/adjudicates academic integrity issues and grade appeals; and works to create meaningful and sustainable learning relationships with organizations through the Rosemont College Momentum Program.  

“Many of our students attended other colleges prior to finding Rosemont that did not provide the flexible student-centered learning experience that nontraditional (adult learners) require to be successful in balancing their careers, families, academics, and other obligations in their busy and often complex lives,” he said. “The best part of my job is providing the Cornelian learning experience for our SGPS students that enables them to achieve their academic goals when they walk across the stage at commencement.” 

When he’s not at Rosemont, Jay can be found with his friends and family, and, of course, Buddy, his lab-hound mix who is usually not very far from his side.