John Gunkel

John Gunkel is Vice Chancellor for Academic Programs and Strategic Partnerships, Rutgers University–Newark, in which capacity he oversees the university’s offices of academic technology and scheduling, summer & winter session, student retention, and institutional effectiveness and coordinates the university’s academic labor relations, academic advisement, assessment, program development. He leads efforts at the university to improve higher education equity and affordability, improve retention and learning outcomes, reduce time to degree, and transfer pathways as well as speaking and writing on these subjects.

Vice Chancellor Gunkel completed his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Washington and Lee University and his master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy from Georgetown University, and he remains actively interested in research in democratic theory, theories of justice, and history of philosophy. Prior to coming to Rutgers, Dr. Gunkel was a recipient of an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship and worked at the American International University of Germany (University of Maryland University College) where he served as Chairperson, Arts and Humanities Faculty and as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Government. He joined the Rutgers–Newark administration in 2003, first serving as director of the Honors College and then associate dean for undergraduate education at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College-Newark.  He moved to the Rutgers University – Newark Chancellor’s Office in 2013, where he initially oversaw the offices of admissions, and financial aid, playing a significant role in the creation of the university’s UndocuRutgers event and the RUN to the TOP scholarship program.