Jay A. Halfond

Faculty Associate
Professor of the Practice of Continuing and Distance Education


BA, Temple University; MA, Brandeis University; PhD, Boston College


Jay Halfond is professor of the practice, and served as dean of Metropolitan College from 2001 through 2012 (after several years as associate dean). Previously, he was associate dean of Northeastern University’s College of Business Administration and held various administrative positions at Harvard University. Halfond has published over two hundred articles, including regular contributions to the New England Journal of Higher Education and Huffington Post, and, for over five-year period, a monthly column, “On Ethics,” for the Boston Business Journal. He has delivered over forty presentations at professional conferences.  He served as trustee of the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and as board chair from 2003 to 2005. He chaired the President’s Council for a Global University at BU.

As dean, Halfond grew MET by over fifty percent, creating many new certificate and degree programs, and partnerships with corporations and foreign academic institutions, and by introducing online distance learning, which he oversaw for all of BU’s online degree programs.

His primary appointment is in Metropolitan College where he teaches social and ethical aspects of management and American institutions and culture. His secondary appointment is in BU’s School of Education, where he teaches innovation in higher education. He is currently a Research Fellow at Bentley University’s Center for Business Ethics, and was Wiley Senior Faculty Fellow and Senior Fellow at the Center for Online Leadership and Strategy.  He chaired a national task force that developed Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership, which has been endorsed by several major U.S. higher education associations.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Temple University in History, his masters from Brandeis University in Comparative History, and his doctorate in Higher Education from Boston College.