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Urban Impact

On Kean's Urban Impact podcast, the complex issues facing urban communities are examined through meaningful conversations with scholars, community leaders and others who are driving change.

Urban Impact is recorded and produced on campus at Kean, New Jersey’s urban research university.

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Urban Impact podcast

About the Hosts

Michael Salvatore

Michael Salvatore, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Administration, Kean University

As Senior Vice President of Administration at Kean, Michael Salvatore, Ph.D. is dedicated to improving the campus community through the democratization of data and detailed analysis. With an extensive background in education, including a University doctoral teaching fellowship in education leadership, Michael brings a wealth of experience to his role. He is committed to closing learning and access gaps and creating a more equitable and sustainable ecosystem for student success.


Barbara George Johnson

Barbara George Johnson,  Vice President of External Affairs and Urban Policy and Research, Kean University

Barbara George Johnson is Vice President of External Affairs and Urban Policy and Research at Kean University. At the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy, Barbara oversees the work and mission of the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association, a one-of-a-kind organization of 32 urban mayors engaged in collective policymaking. Johnson has more than 30 years of experience as a public policy professional in New Jersey with an extensive background in health care, public health and public policy. 

Episode 1

Episode 1: What Is Urban Research Anyway? Kean University Provost David S. Birdsell, Ph.D., Explains

What happens when a university is officially designated an "urban research" university? On the first episode of Urban Impact, Kean Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs David S. Birdsell, Ph.D., explains Kean’s important role as New Jersey’s first urban research university and the impact of the designation.

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Episode 2

Episode 2: How Does This Change Anything? (What Is Urban Research - Part 2) Kean University Provost David S. Birdsell, Ph.D., Explains

On the second episode of Kean’s podcast, Urban Impact, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs David S. Birdsell, Ph.D., explains what Kean’s urban research designation means for students, researchers and communities across New Jersey.

David Bridsell

David Birdsell, Ph.D., oversees all academic programs and accreditation at Kean’s campuses in Union, Toms River, Manahawkin, and Jefferson Township, New Jersey as well as Wenzhou, China, and will play a key role in the University’s pursuit of a R2 Carnegie research designation. As Provost, he is responsible for recruiting and mentoring the University’s faculty, as well as ensuring the University delivers on its promise of a world-class education.