Provost's Office

Message from the Provost

Joy Connolly, Photo by Jessica Lehrman

Welcome and Until We Meet Again

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Keith Wilson as the Acting Executive Director of the Center for the Humanities, effective August 25, 2017.  Keith Wilson is an artist with a longstanding interest in the cultural status of sculpture, and the extent to which sculpture can play a part in social transformation. His practice has been balanced between curatorial ventures (for instance, a co-curated project, Modern British Sculpture, at the Royal Academy London in 2011), gallery exhibitions (such as Calendar at the MAC Belfast in 2016), and public works (currently transforming the interior of the Park Hill estate in Sheffield—Europe’s largest listed structure—into a public sculpture park: Sculpture Park Hill).  He completed a major commission, Steles, for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012, works that remain as a key part of the new Queen Elizabeth Park; and produced new sculptures at each venue as part of British Art Show 7 as it toured the UK. He retains a research affiliation with Sheffield Hallam University as Professor of Sculpture.  Please join me in welcoming Keith Wilson to the Graduate Center in his new position.

I also want to give heartfelt thanks to outgoing Executive Director, Dr. André Aciman, who has brought his love and care for the humanities to the Graduate Center community and publics around New York since fall 2015.  During his tenure, Dr. Aciman inaugurated a highly successful musician in residence program with internationally renowned pianist David Greilsammer; organized events with thinkers and writers such as Murray Perahia, Leon Botstein and Fareed Zakaria; and produced larger scale conferences such as Critical Theory Today, with keynote Stephen Greenblatt, and Translation Theory Today, with keynote Homi Bhabha.  Under his leadership, the Center initiated two important partnerships with the New York Public Library (NYPL).  The first partnership with the NYPL and the Bard High School Early College, "Mapping Time: History of the Lower East Side”, taught high school students to write and document the history of New York City through digital means. This project will be expanded to Harlem and the Upper West Side next year.  Second, the Critical Theory Certificate Program partnered with the NYPL to hold an event devoted to the novels of W. G. Sebald.  A highly esteemed writer, Dr. Aciman published his most recent novel this past February, Enigma Variations, and is thrilled by the release of a film later this year based on his novel Call Me by Your Name. 

The Graduate Center is fortunate to be the home of such great talent, which spans diverse fields and engages a broad public.  I sincerely thank André and Keith.  I wish you all a restorative summer, and I look forward with enormous enthusiasm to the next academic year. 

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Provost Joy Connolly

Dr. Joy Connolly is the Provost and Senior Vice President at the Graduate Center. As the institution’s principal academic officer, she ensures the quality and performance of all degree-granting programs.

Before joining the Graduate Center in August 2016, Connolly was the Dean for the Humanities and Professor of Classics at New York University, where she was responsible for about 400 faculty in close to 30 departments, programs, centers, and institutes. Previously, as the Director of NYU’s College Core Curriculum, she put in place a post-doctoral program that featured workshops for graduate students on pedagogy and practical preparation for the job market. She has also taught at the University of Washington and at Stanford University.
Connolly’s research focuses on Roman ideas about aesthetics, communication, and political action, particularly as they relate to the contemporary world. Her first book, The State of Speech (Princeton, 2007), examined the role of communication in Roman ideals of citizenship. The Life of Roman Republicanism (Princeton, 2014) analyzed key themes in Roman thought: freedom, recognition, antagonism, self-knowledge, irony, and imagination. Connolly is also the author of Going on the Market (NYU, updated 2014), a handbook that helps students navigate graduate school as well as the job-application and post-doctoral fellowship processes. Along with scholarly articles and book chapters, she has written reviews for the Times Literary Supplement, The Nation and The New York Times Book Review. She serves on the board of directors of the Society for Classical Studies, previously known as the American Philological Association.
Connolly earned her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and her doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She first studied classical literature and culture at Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts, and is a member of the school’s board of trustees.

Phone: (212) 817-7200

Associate Provost and Dean for Academic Affairs David Olan

Reporting to the Provost and serving as deputy, the Associate Provost and Dean for Academic Affairs assists in supervising a variety of administrative and fiscal areas, including all doctoral and master’s programs, interdisciplinary studies, the certificate programs, students’ professional development, the Graduate Assistant Programs, annual dissertation awards competition, oversight of the CUNY Performance Management Process (PMP) annual reports for GC goals and outcomes, and the Language Reading Program.  The Associate Provost and Dean for Academic affairs also plays a key leadership role in the Humanities, Social Science and Science Discipline clusters, and is a significant partner in the implementation of the Graduate Center’s Strategic Plan.

Phone: (212) 817-7205

Dean for the Sciences Joshua Brumberg

Reporting to the Provost, the Dean for the Sciences oversees all of the science doctoral programs (including the health science programs).  The Dean for the Sciences also monitors admissions and the 5-year student fellowship packages offered by the joint doctoral degree programs in the bench sciences, and plays a leadership role in the Science Discipline cluster.  

Phone:  (212) 817-7215


Provost's Office Staff Directory

Bazan, Margarita
Associate Director for Academic Operations
Rm 8113.07
(212) 817-7238

Brumberg, Joshua
Dean for the Sciences
Rm 8111.03
(212) 817-7215

Ciavarella-Sanchez, Laura
Special Assistant to the Provost
Rm 8111.05
(212) 817-7287

Joy Connolly
Provost and Senior Vice President
Rm 8113.03
(212) 817-7200

Doneger, Myra
CUNY Administrative Assistant
Rm 8111
(212) 817-7288 

Ellis, Anne
Director of Graduate Assistant Programs/
Special Assistant to the 
Associate Provost and Dean for Humanities and Social Sciences
Rm 8113.09
(212) 817-7284

Ellis, Edward
CUNY Administrative Assistant
Rm 8113
(212) 817-7244

Fish, Barbara L.
Director of Faculty Administration and Academic Information Systems
Rm 8113.06
(212) 817-7228

Gayle, Tamra L.
Administrative Executive Coordinator
Rm 8113
(212) 817-7205

Jiménez, Olga
College Assistant
Rm 8113
(212) 817-7239

Kinger, Mansha
CUNY Office Assistant
Rm 8113
(212) 817-7237

Kobrin, Jennifer
Director of Institutional Research & Effectiveness
Rm. 8111.02
(212) 817-7209

Maldonado, Rosa A.
Academic Operations Specialist
Rm 8111.05

Modica, Stacy
Assistant to the Provost
Rm 8113.15
(212) 817-7229

Myatt, Patti 
Assistant for Graduate School Committees
Rm 8111.01
(212) 817-7227

Olan, David
Associate Provost and Dean for Academic Affairs
Rm 8113.11
(212) 817-7205

Sponzo, Rachel
Associate Director of Student Research Fellowships
Rm 8113.14
(212) 817-7282

Tian, Han
College Assistant
Rm 8113
(212) 817-7200

Tiongson, Stacie
Executive Director of Academic Affairs
Rm 8113.04
(212) 817-7226

Wong, Steven
Assistant Director of Faculty Administration and Academic Information Systems
Rm 8110
(212) 817-7286