Donald Kieffer was appointed Dean, School of Liberal Arts in June 2011. In this role, he oversees the implementation of the teaching and learning mission of the School of Liberal Arts with a focus on two main goals: 1) to build applicable skills such as reading, thinking, and writing and 2) to deepen the students' appreciation of cultural differences.
Prior to joining Berkeley College, Dr. Kieffer spent nine years as the Chair of Humanities and Social Sciences at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) in Warwick, RI. At NEIT he developed and taught a wide variety of applied psychology courses including Human Relations in the Workplace, The Psychology of Happiness, Developing Leadership in the Workplace, Marriage and Family, and The Psychology of Healthcare. Beyond his work as an NEIT Department Chair, Dr. Kieffer also has management experience from serving as a director for several mental health clinics, working five years as the National Director of Training for a franchise group weight loss company, and running the Metropolitan Boston franchise of that company for two years.
Dr. Kieffer holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Dakota. His graduate education included completion of a one-year clinical fellowship at Harvard Medical School. He holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from Clark University in Worcester, MA.
In May 2010, Dr. Kieffer presented a poster session at the Spring Conference of the New England Faculty Development Consortium on the topic, "A Smorgasboard Approach to Student Engagement." He conducted a continuing education workshop in November 2009 at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology on the topic, "Supporting Clients in their Search for a Mate: A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach."