Michael Sperling, PhD, is vice president of academic affairs at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA). In this role, he is responsible for providing leadership in academic administration and faculty management, principally concerning strategy, implementation, and assessment of a coherent and dynamic curriculum. He has spearheaded expansion of the CIA’s bachelor’s degree programs, and more recently the initiation of three master’s degree programs in Food Business, Wine and Beverage Management, and Sustainable Food Systems.
Dr. Sperling joined the CIA administration in 2012 after serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY. During his academic career, he was also provost and dean of faculty at Manhattanville College; vice provost for global learning, assistant provost for educational technology, interim arts and sciences dean, and psychology department chair at Fairleigh Dickinson University; and an American Council on Education Fellow at Baruch College/CUNY. His collegiate faculty experience includes serving as a professor in psychology at Mercy, Manhattanville, and Fairleigh Dickinson, and as a visiting fellow of psychology in psychiatry at Cornell University Medical College.
Dr. Sperling earned both his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Science (MS) degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his Bachelor of Arts (BA) in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He has published two books and has numerous scholarly articles, chapters, and presentations in the areas of adult attachment and love relations.