Faculty and Staff News

Spear’s Wealth Management Survey named The Actors Studio Drama School among the best seven drama schools in the world.  Read about it here.


Spear's Wealth Management Survey

Department of American Studies Co-Sponsors Conference  

The Department of American Studies co-sponsored the 2013 New York Metropolitan American Studies Association Conference on November 2. Distinguished faculty from the Cornell University, Penn State, and Hunter College, among others, gathered to explore this year’s conference theme, American Masculinities.

Pace Performing Arts’ Commercial Dance program announces Tony Award-winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler as a guest artist for Fall 2013.   Blankenbuehler won the 2008 Tony Award for his choreography of In The Heights.  His other Broadway credits include the current revival of Annie and 9 To 5, among others. Blankenbuehler will teach several master classes and stage DO WAH DO from one of his new theater projects.


Andy Blankenbuehler

Matthew Bolton at UN  

Political Science Assistant Professor Matthew Bolton addressed the United Nations General Assembly First Committee on October 29, on behalf of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working on disarmament, peacebuilding and humanitarian issues.  Bolton, an expert on global disarmament policy, called for disarmament driven by the needs and rights of people most affected by armed violence. 

PPA’s Cosmin Chivu Gets Shining Review in NY Times

The NY Times gave a shining review to Cosmin Chivu’s revival of the Tennessee William comedy, The Mutilated, starring fringe legends Mink Stole and Penny Arcade. Cast and crew members include PPA faculty Graham Kindred, Angela Wendt and Lauren Gaul, and numerous PPA alumni and students. Chivu directed the play, which ran at the New Ohio Theater.


The Mutilated

Andriy Danylenko  

Andriy Danylenko, associate professor of Modern Languages and Cultures (NYC), was quoted in the International Business Times on the Ukraine Divide. “No way would Russia agree to what is going on right now, because they will not accept that Ukraine is a separate nation," said Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures Andriy Danylenko on the unrest in Ukraine.  Read the full article here.   

Florence Denmark, distinguished research professor of Psychology (NYC), was the recent recipient of a 2013 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Trust.  The trust recognizes professors who have inspired their students to make a difference in their communities. Recipients were honored on November 9 at the Carter Center in Atlanta, GA.


Florence Denmark

Jane Dickson Subway Mosaic  

“I use paintings to deal with things I'm afraid of,” said Distinguished Lecturer of Art Jane Dickson in her recent profile in the Wall Street Journal. In it, Dickson talks about her highway paintings, her mosaics in the Port Authority and Times Square subway stations, and the thrills and dangers of living in Times Square in the ’80s. Read the article.

Scottish director John Doyle is Pace Performing Arts Musical Theater Program’s second artist-in-residence. Doyle, whose inventive re-staging of Sweeney Todd earned him a Tony Award, will teach a variety of master classes and critique student projects, The unique artist-in-residence program within the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences is made possible through an anonymously endowed gift.


John Doyle

Barbara Friedman Artwork  

Professor of Art Barbara Friedman’s work can be seen in the group show, Têtes: Portraits by Contemporary Artists, at the Storefront Ten Eyck gallery in Brooklyn, NY. The show runs through January 19, 2014.

Patricia Gloster-Coates, Chair of the Department of History, was recently featured in an AM New York article about Black History Month.


Patricia Gloster-Coates

Effects of Global Conflicts on Health  

Judy Cheng-Hopkins, Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations for Peacebuilding Support was the keynote speaker at The Effects of Conflict on Global Health Conference held on October 23, 2013 at the Pleasantville campus. The conference, co-organized by Joan Katen, adjunct professor of Political Science and Peace and Justice Studies (PLV), examined the effects of conflict on the human condition, on our environment and on our planet. Dyson co-sponsored the event along with the Leinhard School of Nursing and the United Nations Association.

On November 14, Dyson College and the NY chapter of the Women’s National Book Association co-sponsored the Women Writing Women’s Lives seminar, an event featuring female biographers who write about female subjects.  The seminar, organized by Publishing’s Adjunct Lecturer and Director of Internships and Corporate Outreach Jane Kinney-Denning (NYC), included some of today’s most interesting biographers including Dyson Distinguished Professor Emerita, Jean Fagan Yellin, author of Harriet Jacobs: A Life and other books about African American history.

Professor of Economics, History and Political Science Andrew Kliman’s book, The Failure of Capitalist Production:  Underlying Causes of the Great Recession was recently published in Chinese under the title Big Failure.


The Failure of Capitalist Production: Underlying Causes of the Great Recession

Susan Herman  

NYPD Police Commissioner William Bratton has appointed Susan Hermandeputy commissioner for collaborative policing. In this newly created leadership position, she will aid the police commissioner in efforts to curb crime and build relationships with communities. Herman is on leave from her post as Dyson College associate professor of Criminal Justice and Security.

Farrokh Hormozi, chair of Dyson’s Department of Public Administration, commented on New York City’s then mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio’s potential effect on Wall Street.  Read more here.

Hormozi was also quoted in the lohud.com article about Tappan Zee bridge toll hikes and the funding of new bridge construction:  “It’s a no-brainer, in terms of transportation, accessibility, the amount of time-saving that would be generated because of a better bridge.”


Farrokh Hormozi

Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)  

Dyson Assistant Dean Maria Iacullo-Bird was instrumental in Pace University becoming an Enhanced Institutional Member of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). This enhanced membership level provides free CUR memberships for all faculty, staff and students interested in funding opportunities and resources to support and advance undergraduate research.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Professor Nancy Krucher a grant in the amount of $360,000 for her work in breast cancer research. The three-year grant will support a project that uses 3D models of breast cancer tumors to study a mechanism to induce tumor cell death.


Nancy Krucher

Slouching Toward Yucca Mountain  

Slouching Toward Yucca Mountain, an experimental, sci-fi, punk, Western film about radioactive waste, directed by Art department chair Eve Laramee screened on February 14 in NYC as part of the International Uranium Film Festival.  The festival runs through February 19.

“…we’re talking about huge numbers of Chinese art,” Joseph Tse-Hei Lee, professor of History and co-director the  Global Asia Studies program, said.  “If we talk about ‘stolen’ Chinese art, one of the problems is the definition of ‘stolen’.”  Read the full article here.


Joseph Tse-Hei Lee

Media, Communications and Visual Arts  

Media, Communications and Visual Arts (PLV) adds a new program, the combined BA in Communications/MA in Media and Communication Arts in Pleasantville. As a program that meets today’s communication needs, it combines traditional communications and viral messaging strategies and know-how. Students gain knowledge in professional videography, editing, media writing, public relations, production and advertising.

Lecturer of Chemistry and Physical Sciences Peggy Minnis reflects on the challenges and successes of the massive open online course (MOOC) she taught in September 2013 in Directions Magazine’s article, Lessons Learned: GIS Basics MOOCDirections Magazine is the leading source of geospatial information technology, news and commentary. 


Peggy Minnis

Elmer-Rico Mojica  

Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences, Elmer-Rico E. Mojica, (NYC) presented an oral paper CHEMTERTAINMENT: More Fun Teaching and Learning Chemistry at the American Chemical Society Northeast Regional meeting in October.

Mary Ann Murphy, professor of Communication Studies, was awarded the Pace University Faculty Award for Distinguished Service at the Annual Employee Recognition Ceremony for the NYC campus held on March 11. The award recognizes Murphy’s notable service to the University’s goal of advancing academic programs. Dean Nira Herrmann presented the award.


Mary Ann Murphy

Susan Herman  

PPA adds two new programs to its roster – Acting for Film, Television, Voice-Overs and Commercials (FTVC) and Stage Management. FTVC is a groundbreaking BFA training program for aspiring actors who want to act in front of the camera. The Stage Management program is a highly specialized BA degree that prepares students for exciting careers behind the scenes in stage and production management.

Associate Professor of Art Will Pappenheimer was among a group of distinguished scholars, curators, and artists who participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art symposium, Shared Spaces: Social Media and Museum Structures. The symposium examined the transformation of the museum in the age of social media.


Whitney Museum of American Art

Hunter Daiyan  

An extensive interview with Distinguished Professor of Art History Janetta Rebold Benton was posted to the Huffington Post’s Arts & Culture blog.  She also presented a lecture series titled Art is Alive at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts this past fall. 

Organized by Dyson Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs and Undergraduate Research Maria Iacullo-Bird, the annual Society of Fellows weekend took place at the Warwick Center in Warwick, New York in November.  This year the Fellows probed the topic Privacy Versus Security:  The Loss of Individualism?

NYPD Police Commissioner William Bratton has appointed Benjamin B. Tucker deputy commissioner of training. A former Dyson associate professor of Criminal Justice and Security, Tucker will oversee all training of NYPD personnel. He most recently served as deputy director of state, local, and tribal affairs under President Barack Obama.


Benjamin Tucker

Emily Welty  

Emily Welty, assistant professor and director of Peace and Justice Studies program (NYC) accepted a seat representing peace and justice studies as a discipline on the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) committee at the United Nations.

Pace Performing Arts Adjunct Acting Professor Bill William’s (NYC) essay about his son’s tragic passing was published in the New York Times online Opinionator in late October.  Another essay about his son William was published in the Times in May.

Catherine Zimmer, associate professor of Film and Screen Studies (NYC), was quoted in the Newsweek article, The 10 Scariest Movies and Why They Creep You Out.