Parul Kashyap, Ph.D – Dean of Studies, STEM
As Dean of Studies, Dr. Kashyap works alongside the principal to guide and support the STEM academic program. In her role, she is an instructional coach and actively trains faculty in the Math and Sciences to deepen their pedagogical practices. Dr. Kashyap fosters collaborative learning with educators through leading lesson planning cycles, content, and curriculum development while supporting faculty in analyzing student work to allow for multiple entry points for success in their academic journey. If you have questions regarding the STEM academic program at Bard DC, please contact Dr. Kashyap at [email protected]. For our course catalog, click here. For information on high school and AA requirements, click here.
Michael Sigrist, Ph.D. – Dean of Studies, Humanities
As Dean of Studies, Dr. Sigrist works alongside the principal to guide and support the Humanities academic program. In his role, he is an instructional coach and actively works with faculty in Social Sciences and Literature Departments to deepen their pedagogical practices. Dr. Sigrist trains faculty in Bard’s signature pedagogical technique of Writing and Thinking, which provides space for faculty to deepen the literary skills of students while making thoughtful connections. If you have questions regarding the Humanities academic program at Bard DC, please contact Dr. Sigrist at [email protected] For our course catalog, click here. For information on high school and AA requirements, click here.
Liana Conyers, MFA – Associate Dean of Academic Life
In her role, Dean Conyers is the point of contact for field research, civic engagement, and specialized programming offered by college personnel. She supports faculty research through grants, partnerships, conferences, and Bard Network collaborations. She provides support in classrooms for faculty to engage students in their research. Through these endeavors, students are connected to cultural and academic resources throughout DC and the Bard Early Colleges. If you are interested in a speaking engagement at Bard DC, please contact Dean Conyers at [email protected]
Arya Espahbodi (Dean A), MEd, and EdD (2024) – Dean of Students
Dean of Students Arya Espahbodi works with our mental health and student supports team to ensure that our student’s academic and social-emotional needs are being supported. He is the liaison for families to connect them with the staff at Bard DC. He is trained in Restorative Justice practices and works directly to address student vs. student conflict, and student vs. adult conflict, in order to repair relationships. In addition, Dean A leads extracurricular life at Bard DC, which is student-driven and clubs are created based on student interest. For a current list of clubs and activities at Bard DC, click here. If you are interested in the extracurricular life at Bard DC or in joining student government, please contact Dean Espahbodi at [email protected].