Beatrice Bridglall

Dr. Beatrice L. Bridglall is Bergen Community College’s Dean of Humanities. She was most recently Director, Office of Special Projects, Office of the New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education and Chair of the Advisory Board for Student Success in Higher Education in New Jersey, sponsored by the Office of the New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education. Her most recent book, On Exploring Craft: Writers as Architects (2015; Rowman & Littlefield Publishers), explores the craft of writing through the lens of select principles in architecture, to examine works of literature from the 19th and 20th century.

Another recent co-edited book, also published in 2015, Promoting Global Competence and Social Justice in Teacher Education: Successes and challenges within local and international contexts (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers),addresses the growing concern that few practicing teachers in the United States are prepared to handle the demands of educating students for our changing global context.

Prior single authored and co-edited books include: (1) Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Studies of Three Student Development Programs (2013; Rowman & Littlefield Publishers), which explores the teaching and learning processes that enable high academic achievement in the Meyerhoff Scholars Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; the pre-medical program at Xavier University in New Orleans; and the Opportunity Programs at Skidmore College in New York; (2) Affirmative Development: Cultivating Academic Ability (2008; Rowman & Littlefield Publishers), which argues that academic abilities are not simply inherited aptitudes but rather can be developed through pedagogical and social interventions; and (3) Supplementary Education: The Hidden Curriculum of High Academic Achievement (2005; Rowman & Littlefield Publishers), which makes the conceptual argument that high academic achievement is closely associated with exposure to family and community-based activities and learning experiences that occur outside of school in support of academic learning.

A Fulbright Specialist in Higher Education, Dr. Bridglall’s research draws on multiple disciplines (including educational, social, and developmental psychology, neuroscience, cognition and the mind, epidemiology and sociology) to understand the phenomenon of student academic development / socialization, curriculum, assessment and instruction, educational / organizational systems and conditions that impact successful learning (including parental involvement), learning and cognition, faculty expertise and student motivation.

Dr. Bridglall obtained her doctorate in Education and Health Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University; a Master’s in Fine Arts (MFA) with a focus on creative writing and French/World Literature from Fairleigh Dickinson University; and an Master’s in Public Administration in Health Policy and Management from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School.