Appointment of Director of the Office of Institutional Research

I am delighted to announce that, following an extensive national search, Dr. Tara Mastrorilli has accepted the permanent position of Director of the Office of Institutional Research. As most know, Tara has been serving as Interim Director since July 2017.  Her permanent position will become effective on Sunday, July 1, 2018, pending approval by the Board of Trustees.

Since joining the Office of Institutional Research at CSI in 2015, Tara has worked with College leadership, staff, and faculty in collecting, analyzing, and disseminating institutional and survey data to support data-informed decision-making and planning across the College. In particular, she has played a key role in the Frontier Set initiative focusing on student success, monitoring key indicators and developing predictive analytics. In her leadership of OIR, she has been committed to sharing data and communicating findings widely across administrative and academic offices.

From 2008 to 2015, Tara served as Senior Research Associate at Metis Associates, an evaluation and research consulting firm based in New York City. Previously, she had held positions in CUNY–at both John Jay College of Criminal Justice (2007-2008) and Baruch College (2006-2007).  She received her BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Delaware, and her MA and PhD in Educational Psychology from The Graduate Center, CUNY. She has made numerous presentations at professional conferences and has recently been elected as Chair of the CUNY Institutional Research Council.

In making this announcement, I want also to express sincere appreciation to the members of the search committee who worked hard and effectively to ensure the success of this search: Soon Chun (Chair), Angelo Bongiorno, Shannon Cammarano, Kristen Gillespie-Lynch, Carlo Lancellotti, and Sasha Spence.

I know you all join me in congratulating Tara Mastrorilli and wishing her well in this important position for the College.

Appointment of Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences

It is a great pleasure to announce that, following a national search, Dr. Sarolta Takács has accepted the position of Dean of the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, effective Sunday, July 1, 2018, pending Board of Trustees approval. She will also hold appointment as a tenured Professor in the Department of History.

Since 2015, Dr. Takács has served as Director of the Modern Greek Studies Program at Rutgers University, where she has held faculty and administrative appointments since 2001. From 2006 to 2010, she served as Founding Dean of that institution’s School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, and—while on leave of absence from Rutgers from 2010 to 2012—served as Dean of Sage College of Albany. Prior to moving to Rutgers, she served as Academic Dean of John Winthrop House, as well as Associate Professor of Classics at Harvard University.

A widely known and respected scholar in the fields of Roman and Byzantine history, Dr. Takács has published three books (Isis and Sarapis in the Roman World (1995); Vestal Virgins, Sibyls, and Matrons: Roman Women in Religion (2008); and The Construction of Authority in Ancient Rome and Byzantium: The Rhetoric of Empire (2009, 2012), as well as numerous book chapters and articles in refereed journals.  She currently serves as General Editor for the prestigious monograph series, Roman Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches (Lexington Books, Rowman & Littlefield) and previously The Ancient World and The Modern World (M. E. Sharpe, Inc.). She has held fellowships from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies, and the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis.

Dr. Takács holds her B A in Classics from the University of California, Irvine, and her MA and Ph.D in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has also studied at the Universität Heidelberg and the Freie Universität Berlin.

In making this announcement, I want to extend sincere thanks to the members of the Dean search committee for their excellent work in bringing this search to successful conclusion: Co-chairs Vivian Incera and David Gerstner, Comfort Asanbe, John Dixon, Ismael Garcia Colon, Jane Marcus Delgado, Gerry Milligan, Steve Monte, Ruth Powers Silverberg, Mark White, Siona Wilson, Jennifer Durando, and student member Jessica Lin.

I am sure that you join me in warmly welcoming Dr. Sarolta Takács to the College of Staten Island, and wishing her great success as the new Dean of the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Announcement of Chief Librarian Appointment

I am delighted to announce that, following an extensive national search, Amy Stempler has accepted the permanent position of Associate Dean and Chief Librarian. As most know, Amy has been serving in this position in an interim capacity since August 2017; her permanent position will become effective on Sunday, July 1, 2018, pending approval by the Board of Trustees.

Amy has been a member of the CSI Library faculty since 2008, having been promoted to Associate Professor and tenured in 2015. From 2011 until taking up her duties as Interim Chief Librarian, she served as Coordinator of Library Instruction, in which role she oversaw development and implementation of the College’s first credit-bearing Library course, LIB 102 (Beyond Google:  Research for College Success). Prior to coming to CSI, Amy served as a Library Specialist and Library Manager of the Kiev Judaica Collection at George Washington University (2002-2006), Consultant and Guest Curator at the Jewish Museum of New Jersey (2006-2007), and Adjunct Professor and Librarian at Passaic Community College (2007-2008).

Amy received her BA and MA in History from The George Washington University, and her MLIS in Library and Information Science, with a Certificate in Museum Libraries, from Pratt Institute. She is the author of several articles in refereed journals and has made numerous presentations at professional conferences.

In making this announcement, I want also to express sincere appreciation to the search committee that worked hard to ensure the success of this search: Timothy Gray (Chair), Marcus Tye, Mark Lewis, Judy Xiao, Mark Lewental, Saadia Toor, Liqing Tao, Zeno Huang, and student member Sabrina Mines.

I know that you all join me in congratulating Amy Stempler and wishing her well in this important position for the College.


Announcement Concerning Arrangements to Make Up for Jan. 4 Cancellation of Classes

As you know, New York State Law requires that compensating instructional opportunities be provided for all students whenever an instructional day is lost due to weather and/or emergency. Cancellation of classes due to inclement weather on Thursday, Jan. 4 necessitates such special arrangements.

Because the Winter session is so short in duration, of course a single lost day represents considerable lost class time (generally speaking, the rough equivalent of a week); so it would not be appropriate to try to compensate for the lost day in informal ways, such as can be done when a single day of instruction is lost during a regular semester. Therefore, I ask that you work with your students to select one of the following two options to compensate for lost time on Jan. 4:

  1. Schedule an additional day of class on a Saturday during the Winter session, or
  2. Schedule an additional day of class on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Thank you for your attention to this requirement. Please communicate with your students as soon as possible concerning to the arrangements applicable to your class(es).

Finally, please notify both the Registrar’s Office and the Dean of your School/Division as to the arrangements that have been made for your class(es).