Faculty and Leadership

  • Diane C. Yu, Advisor to Leadership, NYU Abu Dhabi; Executive Director and Instructor, Leadership and Public Speaking

    Diane C. Yu is the Advisor to Leadership at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) and Executive Director of the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Community Programs at NYUAD, which currently consist of the NYUAD Summer Academy — a college preparatory program for Emirati high school students — and the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program (SMSP) for top UAE university students. She teaches leadership classes at NYU New York and in the Summer Academy and SMSP and public speaking classes for SMSP and at NYU Shanghai. Previously she was the Deputy President of New York University, Managing Counsel at a Fortune 500 company, State Bar of California General Counsel (for whom she won a case in the US Supreme Court), a White House Fellow, and a California Superior Court Commissioner. She attended Oberlin College (BA) and U.C. Berkeley School of Law (JD). She is Co-Chair of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Board of Directors and has also served on the boards of Oberlin College, American Management Association, and Association of Governing Boards. She served as the White House Fellows Association President and chaired the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Commission on Women in the Profession and  the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. Among her numerous awards are Ten Outstanding Young Women of America, Women’s Leadership Award from the Asian American Bar Association of New York, and an honorary doctorate from City University of New York.


    Pamela McInroy, Senior Director

    Pamela McInroy is an Education Management Executive experienced in overseeing university, community college, and K-12 settings in a variety of leadership roles spanning Canada, Southeast Asia and the United Arab Emirates. Beginning her career as a high school English Teacher, Debating and Public Speaking Coach in independent schools in Montreal and Toronto, Pamela ventured to the UAE to lead a private K-12 School and assumed various roles in Higher Education over a 12-year period.

    Pamela holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Queen’s University, a Master of Education Degree from the University of Toronto (Canada), and a CELTA from the University of Cambridge. She is an Ontario Certified Teacher and School Principal. Pamela’s community contributions include being a member of the Board for the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, Alberta, as well as the Wapiti Homeless Shelter, Northreach Society, and the Grande Prairie Regional College Foundation. Passionate about teaching and learning, Pamela hopes to bring this passion and her experience to the new role of Senior Director for the Sheikh Mohamad bin Zayed Community Programs at NYUAD.

    Erich Dietrich, Associate Academic Director

    Erich Dietrich has researched, published and taught on the internationalization of higher education, equity in access to higher education, and race and SES in affirmative action policies in a comparative context. An expert on Brazil, Dietrich has served on the advisory board for the Institute of International Education’s International Academic Partnership Program for Brazil, which promotes collaborations in higher education. He regularly teaches a graduate-level study abroad course, Race, Class and Equity in Higher Education in Brazil. He is co-PI on a grant from the CAPES Foundation of the Brazilian Ministry of Education on “Access and Retention of Black Students in Higher Education: Advances and Challenges in a Comparative Perspective.”

    Dietrich serves on the Board of AIEA, the Association of International Education Administrators, the premier association for leaders in international education. He also sits on the Advisory Board of CASSIE, the Consortium for Analysis of Student Success through International Education, a federally funded research project that expands the empirical evidence on international education and student outcomes by establishing a national databank and co-laboratory that will enable a big data approach to understanding the impact of international education on college success.

    Prior to joining the department, Dietrich was Assistant Vice President of NYU Global Programs and Associate Dean of Global Affairs at NYU Steinhardt. He holds a PhD from New York University, a master’s from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BA, magna cum laude, from Carleton College.

    He received a Fulbright International Education Award to India in 2016, and he was invited by the US Embassy in Greece to conduct training workshops on building capacity for study abroad in Greece in 2019.