Dr. Hukowicz has served as Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education, Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs, Interim Dean of Enrollment Services, and Chair of the Education Division at Elms College as well as Administrator of Special Education in the public schools. Dr. Hukowicz holds the rank of Full Professor in Education and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in children’s reading and writing for nearly three decades. For ten years she participated in the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University, NYC summers and weekends with a focus on children’s writing and the writing workshop process.
She was an Educational Consultant for Houghton Mifflin, School Division, Northeast Region from Maine to Virginia presenting literacy and literacy coaching in-service programs and institutes for classroom teachers, instructional specialists and administrators. In addition, she also worked as a literacy consultant for ten years to elementary, middle and secondary school faculties in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and New Jersey. Dr. Hukowicz successfully wrote 15 private and public grant proposals. She designed and co-directed study tours to Ireland with accommodations at Trinity College in Dublin and the University of Galway.
Dr. Hukowicz chaired 18 Master of Arts in Teaching thesis committees, supervised doctoral interns and served as dissertation committee member at Elms College and other colleges and universities in Massachusetts. She served as an evaluator for Massachusetts Department of Education (DESE) Program Approval Visiting Teams at several colleges and universities including the Harvard Graduate School of Education, UMass Boston and UMass Lowell and served as Program Approval Chair at institutions including Mount Holyoke College, Stonehill College, and Endicott College.
She developed multiple partnership and degree programs including: the Master of Arts in Teaching degree in collaboration with Dr. Anne Lombard in 1987 with funding support from the Frank Beveridge Foundation and the George I. Alden Trust ; the Teacher Education Partnership for which Dr. Hukowicz successfully obtained three-year funding from the Massachusetts Board of Regents in 1987; the Chicopee Elms Partnership between Elms College and the Chicopee Public Schools and the Building Careers program for early childhood educators in 2005 obtaining two-year grant funding from the Massachusetts Department of Education; the Elms College and Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield Partnership Agreement in collaboration with Dr. Martin Pion establishing a Lay Ministry office on the Elms campus in 2006; nearly twenty off campus and online degree completion programs launched between 2010 and 2019 at six community colleges in Massachusetts (Holyoke Community College, Springfield Technical Community College, Greenfield Community College, Berkshire Community College, Mount Wachusett Community College, and Quinsigamond Community College) and Asnuntuck Community College in Connecticut in eight disciplines in collaboration with Elms and community college faculty and staff.
Dr. Hukowicz served in different roles on multiple faculty committees including: Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees; co-chair, NEASC Sub-committee on Students; member of Strategic Planning Committees on Finance and Academics; member of search committees (President, Vice President of Finance and Administration, and Assistant to the Academic Dean); chair of search committees for Director of IT, Marketing Specialist, and Associate Dean for Graduate Program Development); member, Faculty and Academic Standards (FAST) Committee; member and co-chair, Planning Council; member and secretary, Student Faculty Senate; member, Curriculum Committee; member, Tenure and Promotion Committee; member, Affirmative Action Committee; member of Academic Restructuring Committee; and, member of multiple ad hoc committees for new programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels.
She is moderator of the Alpha Kappa Chapter of Delta Epsilon Sigma, a national honor society for students, alumni and faculty of colleges and universities with a Catholic tradition. Dr. Hukowicz served as a member of the Lay Ministry Board and the Catholic Schools Board for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, MA. and served on the search committee for the diocesan Superintendent of Schools. She was a member of Quota International of Springfield, a director of the American Cancer Society of Hampshire County and currently serves as a board member of Meghan’s Light, Inc. Dr. Hukowicz is an active member in the Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA).