800 New Faculty

Scholars, Scientists, Artists, Poet Laureate and Rock Star Among 800 New Faculty

Trailblazing thinkers, the just-named U.S. Poet Laureate, top art-world names, even a rock star are among the 800 new faculty members joining the City University of New York in 2007-08.

Factoring in retirements and other departures, the hires increase the University's full-time teaching ranks by 322, to 6,486 in September, and reflect CUNY's drive to raise academic standards and offer exciting, innovative programs.

"We are pumping dollars into one of our highest priorities, which is fulltime faculty,"

said Chancellor Matthew Goldstein. "For this institution to hire 800 faculty not only is an enormously impressive datum, but it also shows the resolve of our presidents and chief academic officers and faculty who work so hard visiting scholarly associations and other universities to encourage young faculty and more senior faculty to join this institution."

Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost Selma Botman said, "Added to the existing intellectual capital of our schools and colleges, these new faculty members will play an important role in the continued renewal and advancement of America's greatest institution of urban public higher education."

Here is a brief sampling of some of the new faculty joining campuses this academic year:

CHARLES SIMIC, Harman Writer-in-Residence, Baruch College, Spring 2008. Recently named 15th Poet Laureate of the U.S., and recipient of the 2007 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, Simic came to America from Yugoslavia at 15. His tightly constructed poems are described by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington as "both accessible and deep" with "stunning and unusual imagery." Simic published his first full-length collection, What the Grass Knows, in 1967. He has produced 20 poetry volumes as well as books of essays, translations of French, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian and Slovenian works, and has edited anthologies. Simic is the second CUNY faculty member to receive the nation's highest distinction for poetry, joining Lehman College's Billy Collins, the 11th United States Poet Laureate, who served two terms from 2001 to 2003.

JOACHIM PISSARRO, Bershad Professor of Art History, Director of the Hunter College Galleries. The distinguished art scholar, Museum of Modern Art curator and great-grandson of famed Impressionist Camille Pissarro will teach in the Art History and Studio Art departments and develop the Galleries' exhibition and curatorial programs. Pissarro has written about his grandfather's paintings and post-World War II American art, and co-curated last summer's new contemporary art display at MoMA, where he remains an adjunct curator. He completed undergraduate studies in France in philosophy, received his master's in art history from Courtauld Institute in London and a Ph.D. in art history from University of Texas at Austin.

SHERYL MCCARTHY, Distinguished Lecturer in Journalism, Queens College. McCarthy has been a reporter and education editor at the NY Daily News, an ABC News correspondent, and a special writer and columnist for Newsday and New York Newsday. She received Columbia University's Meyer Berger Award for her columns about New York City, National Education Writers Association awards, and a Nieman Fellowship from Harvard University. She is on USA Today's board of contributors.

RACHELE ARRIGONI-RESTREPO, Professor of Biology, New York City College of Technology (City Tech). Arrigoni-Restrepo researches a cellular process involving proteins linked to cancer and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. She received her Ph.D. in molecular genetics from Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

BRUCE P. BRAUN, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The Graduate Center. A scholar of human geography, Braun explores the relationship between social and environmental forces — "the politics of nature." His book The Intemperate Rainforest: Nature, Culture and Power on Canada's West Coast, about struggles over British Columbia's rainforests, has received favorable journal reviews. He holds a B.A. from University of Winnipeg, and M.A. and Ph.D. from University of British Columbia.

LISA E. FARRINGTON, Professor, Art, Music and Philosophy, John Jay College of Criminal Justice. An author, art historian and curator focusing on contemporary African-American women artists, story quilts and the black female nude, Farrington received her Ph.D. in art history from The Graduate Center and has taught at Parsons The New School for Design.

TAMARA LEVITZ, Professor of Music at The Graduate Center, effective Feb. 1. A scholar of musical modernism, Levitz has taught and published on the Weimar Republic, American experimentalism, Cuban modernism, avant-garde music after 1945, modern dance, Stravinsky, John Cage, Kurt Weill and 1960s popular music. Her interests in gender, race and identity embrace "the new musicology." Levitz holds a B.Mus. from McGill University, M.A. from Technische Universität Berlin and a Ph.D. from Eastman School of Music.

VASILEIOS MARINIS, Assistant Professor of Art, Queens College. An expert in Byzantine art and history with degrees from the University of Athens, the Sorbonne (Paris I), the Divinity School at Yale, the Pontifical Institute at the University of Toronto and the University of Illinois, he has taught everything from early Christian art to modern architecture and brings wide research and museum experience. Marinis will teach in the art and history departments.

STEPHEN NEALE, Professor of Philosophy, John H. Kornblith Family Chair in the Philosophy of Science and Values, The Graduate Center. Neale is acknowledged as a leading philosopher of his generation in the English-speaking world and the best working at the interface between philosophy of language and linguistics. He is known for scholarship related to descriptions, pronouns, quantification and demonstratives, and for his influential books Descriptions and Facing Facts and has advised the Department of Justice on linguistic, logical and philosophical issues. He holds a B.A. from University College London and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

ALEXIS PIQUERO, Professor of Anthropology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Piquero has studied patterns of lifetime criminal activity. In 2002 the Journal of Criminal Justice ranked him the leading scholar in criminology/criminal justice, in terms of scholarly productivity. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles on issues related to criminal careers and quantitative methodology. Piquero has a Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University of Maryland at College Park.

SALMAN AHMAD, Visiting Distinguished Lecturer in Music at Queens College. A physician by training and rock musician by profession, Ahmad was a member of his native Pakistan's first pop band, Vital Signs, and founded Junoon, South Asia's biggest rock band. A U.N. goodwill ambassador for HIV/AIDS, he has appeared in the PBS- and BBC-aired documentaries "It's My Country Too," about Muslim Americans, and "The Rock Star and the Mullahs." He graduated from Tappan Zee High School, Orangeburg, N.Y., and King Edward Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan. Ahmad's career was profiled in the Fall 2007 CUNY Matters (www.cuny.edu/ cunymatters).

Some other notable hires:

BEN ALEXANDER, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, Queens College, has lectured on archival theory and practice. He received his M.A. in British and American literature from Columbia University and his Ph.D. in American literature from CUNY.

MICHAEL J. HICKERSON, Assistant Professor of Biology, Queens College. Hickerson, who is teaching biometrics, studies how species are affected by large climatic and geologic changes. His Ph.D. in biology is from Duke University.

YAEL NEUMANN, Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics and Communication Disorders, Queens College, earned undergraduate and master's degrees at Brooklyn College and did her Ph.D. work at The Graduate Center. Her research interests include neurolinguistics, and lexical access in typical aging and in adults with aphasia. She has extensive clinical experience in speech, voice and fluency disorders.

ERIC BYUNG CHAN SONG, Assistant Professor of English, Queens College, is teaching 17th century literature. His M.A. is from University of Chicago and his Ph.D., from the University of Virginia.