Press Release by Pace University
An internationalist and Fulbright scholar whose expertise runs the gamut from chemistry to environmental science and from forensics to human rights, Rahni is equally at home working with the National Institutes of Health, IBM, and PepsiCo.
NEW YORK, Dec. 18, 2012 - Pace University Provost Uday P. Sukhatme announced today that Dr. David N. Rahni, professor of chemistry and environmental science on the Pleasantville, NY, campus, has been named Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs effective Jan. 15, 2013.
“David’s wide knowledge and experience with Pace faculty will be very valuable to the Provost’s team as we work with the faculty to formulate and implement new initiatives for advancing research and teaching at Pace” said Provost Sukhatme.
In his new role, Rahni will work to enhance Pace’s academic programs. He will oversee faculty development activities and supervise the University library system, the Center for Teaching and Learning Technology, and the Pforzheimer Center for Faculty Development.
“Our talented faculty commitment to the further enhancement of our innovative teaching, interdisciplinary scholarship, grantsmanship, and multifaceted service, will inextricably sustain our momentum for attracting and serving excellent students, tomorrow’s thinking professionals, and leaders, in the 21st century and beyond,” Rahni said.
Rahni earned his Ph.D. and completed postdoctoral studies in Analytical Chemistry at the University of New Orleans. He earned his M.S. at Eastern New Mexico University and his B.S. at the National University of Iran.
Rahni has received Pace’s Kenan Award for Teaching Excellence. A recent Leadership Fellow in Higher Education at Harvard University’s Management Development Program, Rahni is the founder of Pace’s graduate program in Environmental Science. He has also chaired the Faculty Council in Westchester and co-presided over the University’s Joint Faculty Council.
As an adjunct professor, he’s taught in Pace’s Environmental Law program and in the Department of Dermatology at New York Medical College. Rahni was a senior medical research associate at CUNY’s Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education and an editorial board member of Forensic Science Communications, a journal published by the FBI.
He was awarded a J. William Fulbright Senior Research Scholarship at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), and held a visiting professorship at the University of Oxford in England. He has been a visiting scientist at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center and Ciba-Geigy Research Division, and has lectured at many international universities.
Rahni has presided over symposiums on forensics advances in homeland security and counter-terrorism, has written on human rights, sat on review panels for the National Institutes of Health, and lectured or consulted at IBM, Ciba-Specialty Chemicals, and PepsiCo, among other companies. He has written a large number of scholarly articles on an array of disciplines. Rahni now hopes to apply the spirit behind his diverse career to his latest position.
“An effective leader helps bring out the best possible participation and stewardship from each constituency - especially the faculty - toward the institutional and community objectives and outcomes,” he explained. “Such leadership tasks are much easier said than done.”
But they can be achieved, Rahni explains, by maintaining an honest, open interdisciplinary approach that engages students, faculty and staff.
“This requires an open door policy, a good set of ears and a good heart, promising less and delivering more to the pleasant surprise of everyone,” he concluded. “It also requires remaining active in team teaching and collaborative research, treating everyone with respect, telling the truth, and always exhibiting high ethical and moral values.”
About Pace University
Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, N.Y., enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.
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