Profile: Sofia Pinto-Figueroa

Dean of Academic Services

Staff
Office of Academic Services

Dr. Pinto-Figueroa, the current Dean of Academic Services, is a passionate higher education administrator with over 13 years of experience in the field, ranging from academic affairs to student affairs.  A proud triple Rutgers alumna, Dr. Pinto-Figueroa holds a doctorate in Education with a concentration in education, culture, and society; an MSW with a concentration in administration, policy, and planning; and a B.S in finance, all from Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Dr. Pinto-Figueroa joined the Rutgers University-Newark community in 2008 as an academic advisor within the Office of Academic Services (OAS).  Over the last ten years, she has served in multiple roles within OAS.  In 2012, she was promoted to Assistant Dean of Pre-Professional Services, where she created and developed a unit within OAS specifically committed to guiding and assisting students with interests in pre-health, engineering, and law.  Approximately two and half years ago, Dr. Pinto-Figueroa was appointed as Interim Associate Dean of Academic Services, where she managed the day to day operations of OAS.  In August of 2017, she became Interim Dean of Academic Services, with responsibility for leading the OAS team of professionals who provide advisement and support to more than 4,000 undergraduate students within the Faculty of Arts & Sciences (FASN).

Outside of her role within the Office of Academic Services, Dr. Pinto-Figueroa is very much engaged with the Rutgers-Newark community and involved in several campus-wide initiatives, including the implementation of the Run4Success platform, the steering committee for the Gateways to Completion initiative, co-chair of the SOAR (Student Orientation, Advisement, and Registration) committee, co-founder of and institutional representative to the RU-N chapter of the A.C.E. NJ Women’s Network, and the working group for the first-ever RU-N Staff Council. Additionally, she is a part-time lecturer in the Social Work department at RU-Newark and is currently completing a fellowship with Leadership Newark, an organization whose mission is to be a catalyst to engage, empower, connect, and improve the network of community and civic leaders.

  • Courses Taught

    Social Work Senior Seminar I & II, Rutgers University-Newark

    Intro to Health Professions, Rutgers University-Newark

    New Student Seminar, Montclair State University

  • Education

    Ed.D.  Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University

    MSW   School of Social Work, Rutgers University

    BS       Rutgers Business School & Rutgers College