Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute

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The Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute at Baruch College was founded with the support of Bernard L. Schwartz in 1997 and dedicated to helping faculty integrate communication-intensive activities into course curricula. It sponsors an annual “Symposium on Communication and Communication-Intensive Instruction.” The institute operates under the office of the Provost.

The institute is a nationally recognized academic service unit and faculty development program dedicated to infusing the curriculum with oral, written, and computer mediated communication-intensive activities to aid in undergraduates’ development as confident, purposeful and effective communicators. The institute oversees many programs and initiatives at Baruch. These include curricular development and support of Communication-Intensive courses across the curriculum, professional development for Fellows, faculty members and staff, program assessment, educational technology, software development.[1] The institute has published the education weblog since 2005[2] and has developed the VOCAT oral communication assessment instrument since 2007.[3] Baruch received the 2008 TIAA-CREF Institute's Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for innovative professional development programs.[4]


  • Robert J. Myers (founding director) 1997–1998
  • George Otte 1998–2000
  • Paul Arpia 2000–2003
  • Mikhail Gershovich 2003–2013
  • Suzanne Epstein (interim) 2013–2014
  • Heather Sample 2014–2019
  • Meechal Hoffman 2019–present


  1. ^ "Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute | The Schwartz Institute". Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
  2. ^ "Will Crowdsourcing Solve All Our Problems?". Archived from the original on 2006-08-13. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
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  4. ^ Warner, Fara. "Change Magazine - Improving Communication is Everyone's Responsibility". Retrieved 2012-02-14.