Dean of the Division of Science and Technology

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Cavagnero will be joining us as Dean of the Division of Science and Technology, effective Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019.

Prior to accepting his role at the College, Dr. Cavagnero served as Program Director of the National Science Foundation, which he held from 2016. He served as Chair of the Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Kentucky from 2005 to 2013. He previously held Visiting Scientist and Research Associate appointments at the Harvard-Smithsonian Institute for Astrophysics, the University of Colorado, the University of Nebraska, and the Observatoire de Paris. Dr. Cavagnero is a theoretical physicist who has published more than 40 journal publications, has received about $1.5M in external funding from agencies including NSF and the U.S. Department of Energy, and was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2000.

Please join me in welcoming him to the College of Staten Island.


Registrar Appointment

I am pleased to announce that, following a national search, Kerri Gerson has been appointed as Registrar for the College of Staten Island.

At CSI, Ms. Gerson has most recently served as both Enrollment Registrar Specialist, overseeing the scheduling unit (2009-2013), and Interim Registrar (2018-2019).  She taught Industrial and Organizational Psychology as an Adjunct in the Department of Psychology (2013-2015). Prior to her arrival at CSI, she served as Assistant (2001-2004) and then Senior Associate Director (2004-2010) for Records and Enrollment Services at NYU’s Stern School of Business (2004-2010) and earlier as a Technical Analyst for Reliance National.

Ms. Gerson brings a deep knowledge of the policies and procedures regulated by the Registrar’s Office as well as an encyclopedic knowledge of the campus’ scheduling processes. She has established good working relationships within Academic Affairs and across the College.

Please join me in congratulating Kerri in her permanent role as CSI’s Registrar.


Provost Tea Today

Please join Provost Michael Parrish for Provost Tea in the Center for the Arts (Building 1P), Room 116 at 4:30pm, following today’s Faculty Senate College Council Meeting.


Federal Government Shutdown Impact on Research Foundation

As you are aware, a partial federal government shutdown went into effect at midnight on Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. The Research Foundation (RFCUNY) is not able to receive any funds from many federal agencies. Federally funded projects are not paid in full or in advance when awarded, but rather the RF draws down funds from the funding agencies’ payment systems periodically to be reimbursed for expenses. The RF will have to “forward fund” grant expenditures from affected agencies until the shutdown is over. In addition, federal pass-through subcontracts, State, City, and private programs may be affected.

Federal agencies not affected by the shutdown are NIH, ED, DOE, DOD, and NASA.  

The College of Staten Island and the Research Foundation are committed to supporting our principal investigators, the staff associated with projects that receive federal funding from the affected agencies, and our students supported by affected grants and awards. Accordingly, the RF is taking steps to conserve funds to minimize the potential impact of the shutdown on research and sponsored programs and, in particular, on RF-funded personnel and students. The following procedures have been developed and implemented by the RF to conserve financial resources in order to ensure that current salaries and other critical obligations are paid.

A.     All Programs with Direct Funding from Federal Agencies that are shutdown: 

    1. Payment of personnel costs will be limited to existing employees. Reappointments will be processed on a case-by-case basis.
    2. No new employees will be placed on the RF’s payroll.
    3. New and existing GRAs will continue to be processed and paid. 
    4. Payments of all OTPS expenses (to vendors, consultants, sub-recipients, etc.) will be suspended, except the following
      1. Existing and new stipends will be paid.
      2. Expenses associated with safety.
      3. Expenses associated with animal care or other emergency circumstances.
  1. For federal pass through subcontracts, State, City, and Private Programs: 
    1. If a project is funded in cash, it will not be affected.
      Please note that many projects are “cost-reimbursed” accounts, which means that we have to bill the sponsor first before the accounts have the actual cash to spend. Under such cases, please refer to the following:
      1. If a new contract has not been fully executed, meaning registered with the Comptroller, there will be no forward funding.
      2. Fully executed contracts and MOUs will be funded via forward funding or college guarantee on a case-by-case basis.

B.     All Discretionary Accounts (9th ledger accounts, those account numbers start with 9xxxx-xx-xx): 

Expenses on these accounts will be limited to essential needs only.

C.    All PSC-CUNY Accounts:

These are all cash accounts and will not be affected.

Currently, these emergency courses of action apply only to funds from agencies affected by the shutdown. We will keep you informed of any new developments if the shutdown continues for a more extended period.

I know that some of you are beginning to feel the effects of these procedures. Many situations are being handled on a case-by-case basis and if you have any questions, please contact Associate Provost Mel Pipe,, 718 982 2729. ​

Thanks for your cooperation during this difficult state of affairs.

J. Michael Parrish Named Interim Provost and Senior VP for Academic Affairs

Dr. J. Michael Parrish has been named interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at The City University of New York’s College of Staten Island, pending Board of Trustees approval of his appointment to the position on a non-interim basis.

Dr. Parrish has a career in higher education spanning 40 years. He began his academic career as a teaching assistant at the University of California Santa Cruz. During his graduate study at the University of Chicago, he served as a Research Assistant in the Department of Anatomy. Subsequently, he held research appointments at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and the University of Colorado Museum. Next, he served on the faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Illinois
University, where he rose to Chair and received the appointment of Presidential Research Professor for outstanding scholarship.

From 2006 to 2018, Dr. Parrish held two academic leadership positions at San Jose State University, first as Dean of the College of Science and Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, and then Special Advisor to the Provost. During this time, he spearheaded a number of initiatives involving strategic planning, facilities planning and improvement, student success, faculty recruitment and workload, faculty and student research, program development, accreditation and assessment, and development.

Dr. Parrish holds a PhD in Anatomy from the University of Chicago, and BAs in Chemistry and Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. During his career, he has published myriad journal articles and book chapters on a wide range of paleontological issues.

New Interim Provost and Senior VP for Academic Affairs

I am happy to officially announce Dr. Michael Parrish as CSI’s incoming Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Effective January 22, 2019, Dr. Parrish will serve in an interim capacity pending approval on a non-interim basis by the Board of Trustees. Please see the online announcement regarding Michael’s career and accomplishments.

Dr. Gary Reichard is on vacation until Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, when he will separate from his position as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and will become Professor Emeritus.  Please direct any concerns or issues that would normally go to the Provost to Associate Provost Mel Pipe who will serve as administrator in charge of Academic Affairs until Dr. Parrish’s arrival.

Town Hall on General Education

The Faculty Senate Executive Committee, the General Education Committee, and the Provost and Office of Academic Affairs invite you to participate in Town Hall #2 on General Education on Tuesday, Dec. 11 in the Center for the Arts (Building 1P), Room 119 from 2:30pm to 4:25pm.

As the FSXC and Gen Ed Committee work to set the agenda, we ask for your input.

Please post your comments to the General Education Blackboard site (see below)

General Education (College of Staten Island)


You can just copy and past the title from your Blackboard home page, and it will include the link (but your email should be set to use HTML (like this message).

If the email recipients are not logged into Blackboard when they click on the link, it will take them to the Blackboard login screen, but after they login, it should open the General Education organization in Blackboard.

If you would rather not use Blackboard, please send your ideas directly to