Notre Dame de Namur University Appoints Dr. Caryl K. Hodges as Dean of the School of Education and Leadership succeeding Dr. Joanne Rossi

Belmont, Calif., June 12, 2014 — Notre Dame de Namur University today announced the appointment of Caryl K. Hodges, Ed.D., as dean of the School of Education and Leadership, effective July 1. She succeeds Joanne Rossi, Ed.D., who will return to the School of Education faculty after having served as dean since 2005.

Hodges comes to NDNU from University of San Francisco, where she was most recently associate dean of the School of Education and an assistant professor in the Teacher Education Program.

“We thank Dr. Rossi for her many years of service and her significant accomplishments as our longest serving dean, including the NDNU’s highly-successful partnership with the San Bruno Park school system,” said NDNU Provost Paul Ewald, Ph.D. “We are extremely fortunate to have found Dr. Caryl Hodges to replace her. She brings with her a wealth of experience and an excellent record of accomplishment both in the classroom and in a wide variety of administrative positions. I am certain that Dr. Hodges will prove to be an outstanding and dynamic leader.”

Hodges has more than 30 years experience in teaching and administration ranging from the early childhood to graduate levels. She was one of 10 USF faculty members to teach the first USF Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language in Xiamen, China in collaboration with Xiamen Education College. Prior to her nearly 20 years at USF, Hodges worked as a consultant for Broderbund Software, writing curriculum, developing classroom activities and reviewing educational software, including “Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?”

She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association of University Women, the California Council on Teacher Education, the Independent California College and University Council on the Education of Teachers, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Hodges holds an Ed.D. in International and Multicultural Education from University of San Francisco. She received her Master of Arts in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning from Sonoma State University.

Notre Dame de Namur University is an independent Catholic, coeducational institution serving 2000 students. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame of Namur, Belgium in 1851 and chartered by the state in 1868, NDNU maintains a strong commitment to social justice and community engagement. The University is fully accredited and offers 21 liberal arts and career preparation undergraduate programs, and 12 graduate degrees and four credentials. The 50-acre campus is located in Belmont, California, just south of San Francisco. For more information visit

 Caryl Hodges

Caryl Hodges, Ed.D.

 Joanne Rossi

Joanne Rossi, Ed.D.