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Robert Van Der Velde (he/him/his)


Arts & Sciences


Juris Doctor; Master of Science in Urban Studies


Robert J. Van Der Velde is Senior Dean of Arts & Sciences, and formerly Dean of Social Sciences, Science, Mathematics & Engineering at Napa Valley College in Napa, California. Previously, he was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens, FL and was President-elect of the Association of Florida Colleges.

Van Der Velde was a tenured Professor of Law at the College of Technology Studies of Eastern Michigan University from 2003 to 2008, and previously was a faculty member at Auburn University Montgomery from 1995-2003. He holds a B.A. from The Ohio State University, an M.S. in Urban Studies from Cleveland State University, and earned his J.D. degree cum laude from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1985. He is admitted to practice law in Ohio, the District of Columbia, the United States Supreme Court, and on a pro hac vice basis in state and federal courts in 23 states, and has argued appeals in five Circuits of the United States Courts of Appeals.  

Honors and awards

Harry S. Truman Scholar