Paul J. Marchese, Ph.D.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Office Location: Administration Building, A-503
Office Phone: 718-631-6690

Paul J. Marchese, Ph.D.

Dr. Paul J. Marchese is the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Queensborough Community College. For over twenty years, Dr. Marchese has worked in higher education as an instructor, researcher, project director, and administrator. For six years, he served as assistant and then associate dean for Academic Affairs, coordinating research efforts and office operations.

As provost, Dr. Marchese oversees seventeen academic departments, the college’s tutoring centers, ASAP (Accelerated Study in Associate Programs), the Academic Computing Center, CETL (Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning), and the Registrar. He is responsible for the college’s curriculum, including seven dual-joint degree transfer programs and nearly thirty associate and certificate programs. He leads a team of Academic Affairs deans and faculty fellows who support the efforts of the division.

Dr. Marchese, who grew up in Queens, graduated with a baccalaureate degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.  After working in industry as an engineer for several years, he returned to school to obtain a master’s degree and later a doctorate in geosciences from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  In 2001, he joined the Physics Department at Queensborough and has been at the college ever since. In 2013-14, he served as the Physics chair.

Dr. Marchese has a strong record of scholarly activity and has published and presented over 80 papers, including numerous published articles in space weather, oceanography, science and technology education, and educational diversity. He has also presented papers at national meetings like the American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, and American Association of Colleges and Universities. A member of the Sigma Xi Research society, he has received several awards, including a Navy Faculty Fellowship for three years in a row.

Dr. Marchese also has grant writing and accreditation experience. He has obtained over $3.6 million in grant funding from such federal agencies as NSF, NASA, and NIH and such private organizations as IBM and the Bill Gates Foundation. He is a program evaluator for ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) and has done outside program evaluations and site visits.

In addition to his administrative duties, Dr. Marchese continues to conduct research. His current research interest is the study of hypoxia in Long Island Sound, climatology, and the composition of the solar wind.  He does research in science education and has been involved in incorporating active methods into an introductory science course and in several initiatives to recruit underrepresented minorities to the sciences.

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