Dean Tyksinski

Dean Tyksinski

Dean Tyksinski, Founding Dean of the College of Professional Studies

Deborah J. Tyksinski, PhD, founding dean of Villanova University College of Professional Studies (CPS), began her tenure in June 2015.

Tyksinski possesses wide-ranging experience, including more than 20 years of robust academic and administrative experience supporting the strategic goals of a university, with a particular focus on the adult learner. She came to Villanova from SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly), where she most recently held the position of Associate Provost.

Tyksinski previously held leadership positions at Syracuse University, including serving as Administrative Director of the Northeast Parallel Architectures Center, a high performance computing research center, which she helped establish. She began her career in the business world, where she focused on employee relations and training programs. A life-long learner herself, Tyksinski earned a Master’s and PhD in Education: Instructional Design, Development & Evaluation from Syracuse University; a Master’s in Management from Binghamton University; and a Bachelor’s in Human Services from SUNY College of Technology. Most recently, she received a fellowship from the American Council on Education in 2013-14.

Tyksinski has been an active member of several professional associations including the University Professional Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) where she served on regional and national boards, the Continuing Education Association of New York (CEANY) also serving on their board of directors, North American Association of Special Sessions (NAASS) and the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA).

Messages from the Dean

  • A Message to Our Graduates from Dean Deborah Tyksinski

    We’ve reached the end of the academic year and the completion of your degree program. I remember approaching the end of a degree program feeling as if a heavy weight had fallen off my shoulders. Relief – pride – accomplishment – sadness. Yes sadness because I would miss the stimulation of learning, the company of my classmates and the sense of being very aware of my place in the world. Perhaps I chose to live and work in academia to keep that sense alive. How about you – how will you keep the stimulation of learning alive in your life? read more

  • Dean Tyksinski's Reflection on Leadership

    As we prepare to celebrate Presidents’ Day, let’s ponder to what degree do you believe presidents Washington and Lincoln are still relevant to us? We know they were considered great leaders who led the formation of our nation during times of unrest, social change and war. Their actions defined the pivotal moments in the transformation of the country. read more

  • CPS Announcement

    Welcome to the College of Professional Studies (CPS), created in 2014 to bring Villanova University to adult learners. Most colleges are created primarily for traditional undergraduate students in order to prepare them for a productive adulthood. read more