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Biographical Information

Dr. Joseph J. Cicala has served as Vice President for University Life and Dean of Students at Alvernia University since February, 2009.  As senior student affairs officer, it is his privilege to lead the talented staff members of the Center for Student Success, responsible for a variety of academic support services, and the Center for Student Life, responsible for a variety of traditional student affairs functions.

Dr. Cicala began his career in higher education as a graduate Residence Hall Director at West Chester University, and went on to serve in several capacities in residence life and student support services during ten years of service at Syracuse University, including an appointment as founding Director of Career Exploration Services for the College of Arts and Sciences.  He also served as counselor and assistant professor at Long Island’s Suffolk County Community College and as Director of the Advising and Counseling Center at Philadelphia University prior to more than ten years of service as Dean of Students at La Salle University.

Dr. Cicala is an alumnus of Wyncote, Pennsylvania’s Bishop McDevitt High School.  He earned his BA in psychology at La Salle University, his MS in higher education counseling at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and his Ph.D. in higher education administration at New York University.   He is a National Certified Counselor and a National Certified Career Counselor, as well as an alumnus of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education.  A long-time member of ACPA-College Student Educators International, Dr. Cicala is past chair and directorate member of the association’s Commission for Career Development and a Diamond Honoree of the association’s Educational Leadership Fund, and he has been designated an ACPA Senior Practitioner.   Also a long-time member of NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, Dr. Cicala serves on the Region II Advisory Board, as Professional Standards Division Representative.  He is a member of numerous other professional and academic associations, and has been honored with inductions into Phi Delta Kappa, the National Residence Hall Honorary, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Bishop McDevitt High School Alumni Hall of Fame.

A frequent presenter at regional and national conferences, Dr. Cicala’s areas of expertise include the promotion of student involvement as the route to student learning and success, the establishment of organizational models to build communities that foster student involvement, the setting of high standards for student conduct to undergird such communities, and the use of research data to drive organizational self-assessment.

A resident of King of Prussia, PA, Dr. C. is married to Dr. Joanne C. Conlon, Director of the Pre-Major Advising Center at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Joseph J. Cicala

Joseph, J. Cicala, Ph.D.
Vice President for University Life and Dean of Students
Veronica Hall, Second Floor
Phone: 610-796-8211

Fax: 610-790-1904


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