Who We Are
The Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services at Antioch University coordinates system-wide academic initiatives and collaborates with the University Council of Chief Academic Officers to better serve students and faculty throughout the university.
Iris M. Weisman, Ed.D., Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Dr. Weisman has more than 25 years of experience in higher education, in both faculty and administrative capacities. In 1998, Dr. Weisman joined Antioch University as associate profession of higher education, working in the Individualized Master of Arts program at the University’s Midwest campus in Yellow Springs. Since then, she served as chair of that program, founding chair of an online master of arts in management with a focus on community college management, Associate Dean of the Graduate Liberal and Professional Studies Division, Dean and Professor of the School of Professional and Liberal Studies, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Services.
In July 2013, Dr. Weisman accepted the promotion to Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs with the university.
Prior to coming to Antioch University, Dr. Weisman served as a visiting assistant professor at North Carolina State University, in the Academy for Community College Leadership Advancement, Innovation, and Modeling (ACCLAIM), teaching graduate courses in program planning. Between 1995 and 1998, she served as a teaching associate with ACCLAIM and also coordinated professional development workshops for community college presidents, trustees, and administrators.
In addition, Dr. Weisman has been an administrator and adjunct faculty at Pima Community College, serving as Director of Curriculum Services from 1990-1994 while also teaching in the management department of the college. In addition, Dr. Weisman has 7 years of experience in disabled student services at Pima, serving as a sign language interpreter, support services coordinator, and assistant director of the department.
Dr. Weisman’s scholarship has focused primarily on higher education administration and community college governance. She has served on the editorial boards of two scholarly journals: Community College Review and Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory.
Laurien Alexandre, Ph.D., Executive Director of PhD in Leadership & Change and Special Assistant to the Chancellor
Dr. Alexandre first came to Antioch University in 1991 as the Dean of Academic Affairs for the two Southern California campuses. In that capacity, she participated in a number of university-wide innovation initiatives, one of which seeded the initial concept for the Ph.D. in Leadership and Change Program. In 1999, Laurien took a re-assignment with the university to head the design and implementation of the new Program. With the founding of that Program Dr. Alexandre served in the dual role of Dean of University-wide Programs and the Director and professor of the University’s Ph.D. in Leadership and Change.
In 2006, Laurien accepted the promotion to Vice Chancellor of University Academic Affairs, while retaining her role with the Ph.D. program. After six wonderful years, she chose to step down from the Vice Chancellor position in order to spend more time with the PhD in Leadership and Change Program and its many exciting opportunities for growth. She also accepted the position of Special Assistant to the Chancellor.
During her over 30 years in higher education, Laurien has served in leadership roles at Antioch University as well as the Immaculate Heart College Center, an ecumenical institute devoted to research and training on peace and justice concerns, where she directed a teaching training (K-16) program on international and multicultural classrooms. She also taught for over 10 years at California State University, Northridge, in the Department of Mass Communications/Journalism where her focus was on graduate courses in media analysis.
Education and Research
Dr. Alexandre received her Ph.D. in Comparative Culture from the University of California, Irvine in 1984. She has a MA in Comparative Culture as well, and also a MA in Media Studies from California State University Northridge. Laurien has long been committed to interdisciplinary inquiry, especially in her teaching and writing on media and gender issues. She has published several books and a wide range of articles on the media for both academic and popular audiences, and she has also translated several scholarly books from Spanish to English. Of late, Dr. Alexandre has focused her writing and presentations on higher education change and the importance of relational practice in leadership.
Council of Chief Academic Officers
Executive Director of the PhD in Leadership and Change Program and Special Assistant to the Chancellor
Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs