Karen Bacon, The Mordechai D. Katz and Dr. Monique C. Katz Dean
of Undergraduate Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Karen Bacon earned her bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from Stern College for Women and served as valedictorian of her graduating class. She earned her doctorate in microbiology from the University of California at Los Angeles and did post-doctoral research both at UCLA and at Indiana University.
A trend-setter, Dr. Bacon was appointed as the first Stern College alumna to be granted a full-time appointment at Yeshiva College, where she served for two years as Assistant Professor of Biology. Dr. Bacon has been Dean of Stern College for Women since 1977, and in 2015 she was appointed The Mordecai D. Katz and Dr. Monique C. Katz Dean of the Undergraduate Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In this enlarged role she also serves as the Dean of Yeshiva College and is working to unite the faculty on curricular initiatives, academic policies and research collaborations.
Dr. Bacon has co-authored articles in scientific journals and books including the Journal of Bacteriology and the Journal of Ultrastructure Research. Other work include "A Biochemical Response to a Halakhic Challenge: The Case of the Ethiopian Jews" which appeared in the Torah U-Madda Journal, "Women and Jewish Education" in Tradition Magazine, and "Yeshiva University: A Model for Undergraduate Science Research" published in CUR Quarterly.
Dr. Fredric Sugarman has taught 19th Century American Literature at Franklin and Marshall College, Bar-Ilan University, Lehman College and at Yeshiva College where he just offered a course with Dr. Daniel Beliavsky on Verdi/Shakespeare.
Dr. Sugarman has published a number of articles over the years in both academic journals such as Social Text and American Literature as well as pieces for publications from Yeshiva University. Dr. Sugarman is responsible for day-to-day operations of the Deans Office as well as the oversight of Yeshiva College’s Academic Advising services.
Dr. Joanne Jacobson came to Yeshiva University in 1990, from Middlebury College, where she taught American literature and American studies, and the University of Iowa, where she received her PhD in American civilization. She has also taught at the University of Angers, France, as a Fulbright lecturer. At Yeshiva College she teaches American studies, American literature, and nonfiction writing. She and has served as director of the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program; as director of the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Jewish Studies; and as chair of the Department of English. She is currently serving her second term as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Jacobson’s 2007 memoir, Hunger Artist: A Suburban Childhood, and her 1992 monograph, Authority and Alliance in the Letters of Henry Adams, both explore the emotional conditions of change in twentieth century America. Her writing has appeared in such publications as The Nation, New England Review, Massachusetts Review, BOMB,Southwest Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review. She is currently involved in several creative and scholarly projects, which touch in different ways on the experience of chronic illness.
Yehudis Isenberg earned her bachelor’s degree in Judaic studies and computer information science at Hebrew Theological College and master’s degree in Jewish History at Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, and MBA at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
In her role as administrator, Ms. Isenberg oversees the administration of academic operational activities, including budget, human resources, data management and special events. Prior to joining the Dean’s Office, she served as an Assistant Director of Student Aid and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions. Ms. Isenberg has fostered communication and information-sharing across the University’s undergraduate and graduate programs. She enjoys evaluating ways to improve operations, and has led a number of innovative initiatives to enhance the students’, faculty, and staff experiences.
Nicholas Pitsirikos graduated summa cum laude from Brooklyn College, CUNY in 2005 with a degree in Philosophy and concentration in classical languages and cultures. He joined Yeshiva University in 2012 in an administrative capacity at the Dean’s Office of Yeshiva College. Mr. Pitsirikos thrives in an academic environment and enjoys the diverse functions he performs for the college in working closely with students, faculty, and fellow staff members.