April 21, 2016
Following an international search, I am pleased to announce that I will recommend to the CUNY Board of Trustees that Dr. Joy Connolly be appointed Provost and Senior Vice President at the Graduate Center, effective August 1.
A preeminent scholar and highly respected administrator, Joy is currently the Dean for the Humanities and Professor of Classics at New York University, where she is responsible for some four hundred faculty in nearly thirty departments, programs, centers, and institutes. Over the past four years, along with overseeing faculty hiring, she has worked to foster initiatives across the humanities and beyond, including urban studies, area studies, digital humanities, religion, faculty mentoring, and cross-school faculty collaborations.
Joy’s research focuses on Roman ideas about aesthetics, communication, and political action, particularly as they relate to eighteenth-century revolutionary thought and the contemporary world. She is the author of The State of Speech (Princeton, 2007) and The Life of Roman Republicanism (Princeton, 2014), as well as Going on the Market, an annually updated handbook that helps graduate students and junior Ph.D.s navigate doctoral programs and the processes for securing jobs and fellowships.
In addition to publishing articles, book chapters, and reviews, Joy has taught at multiple levels—from undergraduate courses on ancient political theory, Roman cultural identity, and interdisciplinary classes in NYU’s core curriculum, to graduate seminars on Greek and Roman rhetoric, Latin pastoral poetry, and Roman republicanism. Before joining NYU in 2004, she taught at Stanford University and the University of Washington. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and her doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
The appointment of such an outstanding candidate says a great deal about the Graduate Center and our search process. I extend my gratitude to all thirteen members of the search committee, chaired by Professor Janet Gornick, and to those faculty, students, and staff who participated in meetings and forums.
As we celebrate the promise of our next provost, we also pay tribute to the extraordinary service of her predecessor, Louise Lennihan. Among Louise’s many accomplishments are the implementation of the GC’s 2012-2016 Strategic Plan—including the roll-out of a full-funding model for twenty-eight of our doctoral programs, the introduction of doctoral student paid parental leave, the improvement of admissions performance, and the continuation of efforts to increase student and faculty diversity. To develop a culture among students of early research and grant writing and to extend the GC’s collaboration with New York cultural institutions, Louise created the Early Research Initiative to fund and support students’ predissertation research, offering fellowships at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the New-York Historical Society, among others.
Louise returns to the faculty in the Anthropology Program, where she served as Executive Officer for many years. I hope you will join me in honoring her on Tuesday, May 10, 4–6 p.m., in the Dining Commons.
Thanks again to Louise and to all who participated in a highly successful search. We look forward to welcoming Joy.
Chase F. Robinson