Joel S. Bloom, EdD, vice president of academic and student services and dean of the Albert Dorman Honors College at NJIT has been named an Educational Opportunity Fund Champion for 2007. The award, sponsored by New Jersey’s Commission on Higher Education, is annually presented to dedicated New Jersey individuals who provide maximum education and opportunity for New Jersey’s disadvantaged youngsters. Bloom, of Monmouth Beach, received the award at a luncheon in Atlantic City, last month.
“As New Jersey’s science and technological university,” Bloom said, “NJIT has historically pursued a mission and made a concerted effort to serve underrepresented minority populations and to assist them in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and management professions.”
Bloom works hard at NJIT to offer minority students multiple opportunities in pre-college through doctoral programs. The outcome is that NJIT repeatedly ranks within the top 10 percent among the nation’s higher educational institutions for awarding degrees to African- American, Hispanic and Asian students in science and technology. Programs overseen by Bloom—such as NJIT’s successful long-standing Educational Opportunity Program— insure that minority students have the support necessary to succeed in NJIT’s rigorous curriculum. “Students who choose NJIT and stick with the programs achieve rewarding careers in high- demand fields,” Bloom said.
Since Bloom’s 1990 arrival, he has demonstrated versatile administrative skills. Bloom’s current role as a vice president enables him to manage pre-college education, enrollment management, continuing professional education and career development services. First-Year Studies, the Educational Opportunity Program, the Honors College, physical education and athletics also come under his purview.
As founding and current dean of Albert Dorman Honors College, Bloom has worked hard to enable the Honors College, which began with less than 200 students in 1997, to reach an enrollment today of 600 students, the majority of whom receive significant scholarships. These students generally are in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating classes. There are more than 25 educational opportunity students in the Honors College.
Beyond NJIT, Bloom donates his time and skills to educational organizations. Bloom chairs the Greater Newark Consortium Board for Pre-College Education. He is vice-chair to the New Jersey Board for Communities and Schools, member of the New Jersey Presidents' Council Task Force on Transfer and Mission Differentiation, the Executive Board of the Philadelphia Alliance for Minority Participation, and the board of the New Jersey Association of Partners in Education.
Bloom holds a master’s degree and a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University, and he also holds a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College of the City University, New York City.