Welcome, and Welcome Back, to the GC

President James L. Muyskens with image of Graduate Center flags in the background
Dear Colleagues,

Now that the scaffolding around The Graduate Center is almost gone and the summer heat has retreated, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the start of the new semester. Greetings to our exceptional faculty and staff. And let us warmly welcome more than 600 new doctoral and master’s students, including the students who launch our master’s in biography and memoir!

The new semester brings four new faculty to campus: Ariana Figueroa in urban education; Graduate Center alumnus Brett Stoudt in psychology; Wei Wang in psychology; and Van Tran, a graduate of Hostos Community College and Hunter College, in sociology.

I know that many of you had busy summers, conducting research all over the globe. We’ve also heard from a number of our recent alumni about the ways that The Graduate Center prepared them for success both within and beyond academia.

We’ve been delighted by the news from recent alumni who have been appointed to tenure-track positions at schools, including The College of William & Mary; the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; California State University at Sacramento; William Paterson University; and Rutgers University-Camden. Many of them spoke about the encouragement they found at The Graduate Center.

Alexandrea J. Ravenelle (Ph.D. ’18, Sociology), who starts at UNC Chapel Hill this fall, said that, “the biggest preparation offered by The Graduate Center was one I didn’t even realize I was getting: an amazing network of people — both alums and faculty — who truly want to see you succeed.”

We have also been happy to hear about alumni whose careers in non-academic fields are thriving. Le Ronn P. Brooks (Ph.D. ’09), who was recently named an associate curator for modern and contemporary collections at the Getty Research Institute, part of the Getty Center in Los Angeles, credits the “rigor and persistence” of earning a Ph.D. and noted that his former classmates are now his professional peers.

The importance of our work here — the expertise, support, and collegiality — is amplified every day by the words and achievements of our students and alumni. This fall, we are moving ahead with initiatives and programs that advance and enrich The Graduate Center’s commitment to generating knowledge for the public good. I take great pride with you in attaining new goals and keeping our momentum going as we search for a new president.

I will write again shortly to bring you information on our timely and informative public programs, the status of our Middle States accreditation process, and about new launches for this year.

I look forward with you to a busy and productive semester.


Jim Muyskens
Interim President

Submitted on: AUG 27, 2019

Category: General GC News | President's Office - Community Message