UCNJ Welcomes New Dean of Students

CRANFORD, NJ – UCNJ UCNJ UCNJ of UCNJ County, NJ is excited to welcome Dr. Charnette Hockaday as the new Dean of Students. Dr. Hockaday has worked in the field of higher education and student affairs for 18 years. Before joining UCNJ, Dr. Hockaday served as Associate Dean of Students at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).

Dr. Hockaday earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Farleigh Dickinson University and a Juris Doctor from Rutgers Law School. She began her career in student affairs at Stonybrook University and NJIT, working in residence life at both universities.

In her most recent role, Dr. Hockaday returned to NJIT as the Associate Dean of Students where she was responsible for the adjudication of academic integrity and student conduct violations, in addition to providing general support to students as a member of the Dean of Students team. During her time as Associate Dean at NJIT, Dr. Hockaday oversaw student affairs departments such as Counseling Services and Residence Life.

At UCNJ, Dr. Hockaday will provide direct oversight of the Assistant Dean of Students, Disability Support Services & Veteran Affairs, College Life & Athletics, and Social Work Services. Also included is overseeing the advocacy and support of students of concern and serving as chair of the CARE Team, a multidisciplinary team that works to assist students in need of personal and/or academic resources. Dr. Hockaday will serve as the College’s Title IX Deputy Coordinator, assisting with compliance as it relates to higher education and federal regulations and laws directly impacting students.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Hockaday to the UCNJ community,” stated UCNJ’s President Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin. “Her expertise in student affairs and program development are critical for student support at the College.”

Dr. Hockaday has participated as a member in various professional organizations, including the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), Association for College Professional Administrators, and Association for Student Conduct Administration.

UCNJ is a public, comprehensive community college that provides quality, affordable, accessible educational programs to the greater UCNJ County region. It is the first of New Jersey’s 18 two-year colleges, serving both career-minded and transfer-oriented students since 1933. The College offers a wide variety of academic and extracurricular activities. UCNJ provides many experiential learning opportunities such as access to a Bloomberg Business Center, Innovation Center, and Student Research hub. Additionally, students at UCNJ attend one of the top 25 community colleges in the country for 2023 as designated by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program.

Dr. Charnette Hockaday