Membership Spotlight - Joseph Paris

The Mission of NAGAP is to support, advance and engage graduate enrollment professionals by promoting integrity, excellence and collaboration through education and professional development.


Friday, May 3, 2019 - 9:30am

Joseph Paris

Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management and Marketing, Temple University College of Education

Philadelphia, PA

Education: BS and MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Leadership from Temple University

“NAGAP has provided me with a network of individuals who I can contact with questions or to use as a sounding board. I have fostered invaluable relationships with colleagues, one of whom has become a research and writing partner.”

We are thrilled to welcome one of the newest members to the NAGAP Experts Bureau! As a member of the Bureau, Joseph Paris will share his expertise in GEM and higher education with NAGAP members, journalists, GEM-related vendors, and more. This special volunteer opportunity connects NAGAP members with demonstrated organizational knowledge to the larger education community.

Joe brings over 13 years of higher education experience (including 8 years at Temple,) to the Bureau. As Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management at the Temple University College of Education his responsibilities include the execution of integrated marketing campaigns and enrollment management strategies designed to grow undergraduate and graduate student headcount as well as increase net tuition revenue and enhance the Temple brand equity. Joe enjoys his strategic planning work, but even more, he enjoys and appreciates the people he works with. “I am fortunate to work with talented and dedicated colleagues who are committed to the success of all students.” 

Unlike many GEM professionals who fall into the profession unexpectedly, Joe developed an interest in higher education at a very early age, and pursued his goals tirelessly. When he was 12 he created his own university (New Jersey State University – Go Blue Knights).  He drew a campus map and maintained fictional basketball player stats in a journal. He also created his own “fantasy college basketball” team.  As an undergraduate student he was a campus tour guide and he worked as an assistant in the Admissions Office.

Not surprisingly, Joseph highly encourages all those starting out in graduate enrollment management to take advantage of professional development opportunities. “The dynamics of graduate enrollment management are complex”. Success relies on networking and using your colleagues and professional development opportunities to help navigate through the plethora of issues that arise on a daily basis. Many of the challenges to graduate enrollment are unique and require collaboration and consultation to come up with “best practices” and good, thoughtful responses. 

Joe has been an active NAGAP member since 2014, joining initially to learn more about GEM as a profession and to connect with other professionals from his geographic area. He is a member of PAGAP (the NAGAP Pennsylvania chapter) and is a member of the American Marketing Association as well, so that he can stay current with the latest marketing trends and strategies, which are always evolving.  Among his favorite memories from a NAGAP conference is when he ran into a former graduate assistant who explained to him that she began a career in higher education because of her experience working on his team.  “It is a great joy knowing that her experience working on my team was transformational in her career.” 

Outside of work Joe enjoys exploring Philadelphia and the surrounding area with his wife Aften (who he met as a campus tour guide at Fairleigh Dickinson) and his two children. His special interests include the expanding craft beer scene in Philly and fantasy sports. Cheers, Joe, and thanks for joining the Experts Bureau!