Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Sandra Palmer, currently Queensborough's Dean of Faculty, was appointed as Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective September 1, 2018. Dr. Palmer's wide array of accomplishments as Dean of Faculty at Queensborough includes identifying and pursuing college-wide grant opportunities for faculty and developing new strategies to improve student success, particularly as it relates to college readiness. Prior to joining Queensborough in 2015, Dr. Palmer spent 24 years working with faculty and academic initiatives as a faculty member and department chairperson and in academic affairs leadership roles at Suffolk Community College/SUNY, Naugatuck Valley Community College and Manchester Community College (Conn.), where she was Provost and Chief Academic Officer. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Art History from University of California, Davis, and a Master's degree and Ph.D. in Art History from The University of Chicago. Dr. Palmer also earned an MBA in Management from Adelphi University.
Interim Assistant Dean of Faculty
Dr. David T. Humphries has been appointed Interim Assistant Dean of Faculty in the Office of Academic Affairs, effective September 1, 2018. Dr. Humphries, who joined Queensborough in 2004 as a faculty member, has served as Professor and Chairperson of the Department of English since 2012. He has led significant academic initiatives both on and off campus. He has worked with the Chair of the Department of English at Queens College to create the department’s first formal articulation agreement, currently being finalized for review and approval. Dr. Humphries acted as Team Leader at the AAC&U Institute to revamp our first-year writing program and increase faculty participation in High Impact Practices (HIPs). As a faculty member, Dr. Humphries has served the College and the University in several significant leadership roles, including his service on Queensborough’s Faculty Executive Committee from 2014 to 2017 and his continued service since 2015 as a member of the MALS (Masters in Liberal Studies) Executive Committee, CUNY Graduate Center. Dr. Humphries’ scholarship includes an impressive body of publications, grants, academic awards, fellowships, and academic and professional presentations. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and Economics from John Carroll University, a Master’s degree in English from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in English from the CUNY Graduate School and University Center.
Dean of Research
Dr. Shiang-Kwei Wang was appointed Dean of Research in the Office of Academic Affairs, effective August 13, 2018. Previously, Dr. Wang served as Associate Dean in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Education at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). At NYIT, Dr. Wang also served as Professor and Interim Chairperson in the Department of Institutional Technology and as Professor and Interim Chairperson in the Department of Instructional Technology, School of Education. Dr. Wang’s higher education experience includes leadership roles in advancing NYIT’s research agenda, and she has conducted various interdisciplinary educational technology research projects. Dr. Wang’s interests lie in investigating the impact of new media and technology on learning motivation and performance and in developing teachers’ competencies in the use of technology through the cognitive tools approach. Dr. Wang holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from the University of Georgia, Athens; an MBA in Communication Technology from Yuan-Ze University, Taiwan; and a Bachelor’s degree in Library Science from Tamkang University, Taiwan. Dr. Wang will serve as point person for QCC’s undergraduate research initiatives, and assist faculty with identifying potential grant opportunities, while assisting them in identifying appropriate venues to share the results of their scholarly and creative works. Dr. Wang will also serve as the campus Research Integrity Officer.
Assistant Dean for Academics
Dr. Michael Pullin was appointed Assistant Dean for Academics in the Office of Academic Affairs, effective August 13, 2018. In this role, Dr. Pullin will be the primary point person for various academic initiatives, including Academic Momentum. Among other responsibilities, he will also serve as the chief liaison between the Office of Academic Affairs and the academic departments on various curricular matters, including proposed and revised courses and programs. Previously, Dr. Pullin served as Associate Dean of Science and Wellness at Broward College where, among other leadership initiatives, he developed an undergraduate research program as a partner in community college research and a STEM mentorship project. Prior to arriving at Broward, Dr. Pullin worked as Professor, Department Chair, and Project Director at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, where he led efforts to increase student retention and to address the underrepresentation of minority populations in STEM fields. Dr. Pullin holds a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in Analytical Chemistry from Kent State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University.