Caroline Marvin '16GSAS

Dean of Academic Affairs


Ph.D., Columbia University
M.A., Courtauld Institute of Art
B.A., Yale University


Caroline Marvin is Dean of Academic Affairs at the Columbia University School of General Studies. She is also a lecturer and the director of academic affairs in Columbia's Department of Psychology, where she oversees curriculum- and teaching-related needs, and has served as a director of undergraduate studies for the neuroscience and behavior major, advising and mentoring undergraduate students—and taught Columbia's introductory neuroscience and psychology courses, as well as advanced undergraduate and graduate courses. At GS, Dean Marvin is committed to ensuring that all nontraditional students have equal access to the best higher education available, and to recognizing and supporting the achievements of the School's students.

Dean Marvin’s research and scholarship focuses on curiosity, including what motivates people to seek and learn new information, how the motivation to learn influences memory, and how curiosity may change throughout the lifespan; new lines of research delve into more applied educational settings, aiming to explore how we can leverage our understanding of curiosity and learning to enhance pedagogical practice and classroom learning—with all of the above being deeply relevant to her work with, and in support of, Columbia GS students.