Provost's Office

Message from the Provost

Dear Colleagues,GC Provost Joy Connolly

Like you, we are monitoring very closely the new executive order restricting citizens of six nations from entering the United States. The revised order, signed this week and effective March 16, 2017, imposes a 90-day suspension on the issuance of new visas, including student visas, to citizens from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen.

While potential effects of the impending order are still unknown, our priorities remain clear: ensuring the well-being of our students and scholars, and upholding the values and principles that define our vibrant community. Foremost among them is advocacy for the free exchange of ideas and people across borders of all kinds.   

To that end, I write to inform you of a number of relevant Graduate Center resources:

• Following the issuance of the earlier executive order, we created an Updates page to keep the community informed of our response to the unfolding policies. We will continue to keep this page current with new developments and news alerts.

• For those who need a safe space to talk, the Student Counseling Service at the Wellness Center will have appointments available for confidential and supportive counseling sessions. The Wellness Center is located in Room 6422 and can be contacted at 212-817-7020. You can also find information and request services here.

• The Office of International Students is working with Citizenship Now! to schedule a workshop, with details to be announced soon.

In the last several weeks, President Chase Robinson has spoken out on this issue. You may be interested in reading his introductory remarks from Monday’s “Immigration in Trump’s America” discussion, part of our First 100 Days series of public programming. Select quotes from moderator Brian Lehrer and panelists were also posted to Twitter.

I’m proud to be a member of a community so passionately concerned for the safety and rights of our immigrant and visa-holding students and faculty. I will continue to keep you updated. 

Best wishes as we enter the middle of the spring semester,



• For those who are detained and trying to enter the United States, or are still abroad and needing guidance, please contact CUNY Citizenship Now! attorney Isabel Bucaram, Esq., by text, phone call or WhatsApp at 646-860-5678. Affected students, faculty and staff abroad can also write directly to
• For affected students, faculty and staff here in the US, regardless of immigrant status, the best advice remains not to travel abroad if at all possible until we have more clarity about ongoing developments.

• CUNY is working to develop broader travel guidance that will be issued soon. In the meantime, all members of the community who are citizens of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen (including those with dual citizenship of another non-US country) should understand that if you leave the United States, you will not be able to return during the 90-day period, and possibly longer. Citizens of other countries not affected by this ban should expect increased visa delays and be aware that entry rules may change. All non-US nationals should continue to maintain your immigration status. We encourage you to seek advice before making any travel plans.  Linda Asaro, Director of the Office of International Students (, is available to answer questions or provide assistance.
• For those seeking context or answers to travel-related questions, the CUNY CLEAR (Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility) project aims to address the unmet legal needs of Muslim, Arab, South Asian and other communities in New York City. General tips are featured for those who may be affected by national security and counter-terrorism policies and practices.

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

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