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Fall Update

At SPS this fall, all courses, other than pre-established online courses, will be offered face-to-face in our New York City classrooms. Some of these face-to-face courses will be offered in the HyFlex format to ensure that all of our students can make progress toward their degree requirements, if faced with delays due to student visas or vaccination effectiveness wait times.
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Beth Semaya, Ph.D.

Interim Academic Director, M.S. in Information and Knowledge Strategy; Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, School of Professional Studies

Beth Semaya, Ph.D. serves as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and as the Interim Academic Director, M.S. Information and Knowledge Strategy program at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies. Prior to her current positions, she worked at the National Institute of School Leadership designing curriculum, assessments, and professional development training for the Executive Development Program. Concurrently, she was an Instructor at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Dr. Semaya served at Pearson Education as the Grade Span Manager, English Language Arts Grades 9-12, where she provided the vision, leadership, and implementation for the content development and assessment of a digital, comprehensive teaching-learning system. Her primary research interest relates to how organizations and leaders within them can support professional development experiences that are ongoing, self-paced, collaborative, and personalized to challenge the status quo and imagine new possibilities for professionals.

Dr. Semaya earned a Ph.D. in English Education from Columbia University and an M.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.


  • Ph.D., Columbia University
  • M.A., Columbia University