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Laura Auricchio faculty and administrative files

Identifier: NS-02-01-08

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A spreadsheet with the complete listing of digital files in this collection can be found at:


Laura Auricchio was an art history professor at The New School, 2002-2019, who also served in several administrator roles. This born-digital collection consists of course materials and administrative records from her tenure as a faculty member and administrator, primarily in the roles of chair of humanities for the Schools of Public Engagement and dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies.


  • Modified: 2003-2018



2.7 Gigabytes (1418 files)

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials documenting art history courses Laura Auricchio taught at Parsons School of Design, 2003-2018, as well as records from her administrator roles at The New School, 2011-2019. The entire collection consists of electronic files.

Series I. Administration mainly consists of Schools of Public Engagement records, 2011-2015, corresponding to the time Auricchio served as its chair of humanities, and as dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies (SUS). The SUS at the time was made up of the Adult Bachelor’s Program, TIPS (Thematic Interdivisional Programs in the Division), Foreign Languages, and ESL (English as a Second Language), according to a 2013 document in these files. Files relate to enrollment, curriculum, programs, SUS Chairs' meetings, and include brochures as well as reports carried out by outside consultants. One particularly well-documented program within these files is Cohort 21.

Series II. Course materials typically contain syllabi, PowerPoint presentations, and course assignments. Several classes were co-taught with other professors. There are also several syllabi for courses not taught by Auricchio.

Series III. Events relate to symposia, lectures and events Auricchio organized at The New School, 2009-2013, including the first Parsons Faculty Book Fair, 2010.

Series IV. Faculty materials contain policies and guidelines for teaching and course management, distributed to Eugene Lang College faculty, 2013-2016, and Schools of Public Engagement faculty, 2012-2013. A Parsons faculty folder contains faculty evaluations of Auricchio, 2005-2006.

Series V. Handbooks are student handbooks from the MA Program in the History of Decorative Arts and Design, 2009-2010.

Series VI. Parsons Executive Dean search materials, 2018-2019, lightly document that search process. Auricchio, vice provost at the time, was co-chair of the search committee.

Series VII. Tenure and promotion dossier contain Auricchio's tenure dossier, 2010, and application materials for her promotion to full professor, 2015.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use. Digital files may be accessed onsite at The New School Archives. Some files are restricted for a period of time in accordance with The New School Archives’ confidentiality policy, including student records, files with faculty and personnel information, and other sensitive university records. Please contact for appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the New School Archives and Special Collections. Please contact:

Biographical Note

Laura Auricchio is an art historian specializing in eighteenth-century French and American history and art. She received a PhD from Columbia University and a BA from Harvard University.

Auricchio worked at The New School, 2002-2019, as a professor and as an administrator. She taught Art History at Parsons School of Design, 2002-2016, first as an assistant professor, 2003-2010, and then, upon receiving tenure, as an associate professor, 2010-2016. She was also affiliated with the Department of History, New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College, from 2007 onwards.

Her administrative positions at the New School were the following:

  • Assistant Director, MA Program in the History of Decorative Arts and Design, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2002-2003
  • Associate Director, MA Program in the History of Decorative Arts and Design, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2003-2004
  • Chair of Humanities, Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students, Schools of Public Engagement, 2011-2013
  • Dean, School of Undergraduate Studies, 2013-2016
  • Vice Provost for Curriculum and Learning, 2017-2019
In 2019, Auricchio left The New School to become the first female dean of Fordham College at Lincoln Center, a role that she still holds as of 2022.


“Bio.” Accessed June 23, 2022.

“Laura Auricchio.” Accessed June 23, 2022.

“Laura Auricchio, Ph.D., Discusses New Position as Dean of FCLC.” Accessed June 23, 2022 as-dean-of-fclc/


Files were arranged into folders and subfolders by Laura Auricchio, before her transfer of these files to the archives in 2019. This arrangement was maintained, and top-level folders are presented as series in the finding aid in alphabetical order: 1. Administration; 2. Course materials; 3. Events; 4. Faculty materials; 5. Handbooks; 6. Parsons Executive Dean search. The last series, 7. Tenure and promotion dossier, was created by the processing archivist to contain two unfoldered files.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred to the archives by Laura Auricchio in July 2019.

Related Materials

The New School Archives holds the records of the Schools of Public Engagement Bachelors Program for Adults and Transfer Students Dean's Office (NS-02-01-06) and the Schools of Public Engagement Executive Dean's Office (NS.02.01.04), both of which include material from the time Auricchio served as as an administrator in these divisions.

Processing Information

Titles of series and files in this finding aid reflect Auricchio's folder titles, but some words have been capitalized, or abbreviations spelled out, to make them more legible. Any lowercase titles, underscores, or unusual spacing in this finding aid reflect original file titles or titles that were normalized upon ingest.

Dates of materials in this finding aid, and in the spreadsheet with the complete list of files, correspond to the last modified date of files. A last modified date of July 2019 refers to the inadvertent modification of files upon their transfer to the archives.

About one third of the files originally transferred by Auricchio were deaccessioned during processing. These were typically scans of course readings, individual images used in PowerPoint presentations, generic forms such as course reserve forms, student records that required lengthy restrictions, and course catalogs already held by the archives.

Guide to the Laura Auricchio faculty and administrative records
Irene Gates
September 22, 2022
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