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Dean's Office Staff

Located on the 8th floor of Hunter East, the Dean’s Office oversees the academic departments, programs, curriculum, learning resource centers, and research centers in the School of Arts and Sciences.

For general questions relating to the School of Arts and Sciences, call (212) 772-5121 or email


Andrew J. Polsky
Acting Ruth and Harold Newman Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences

Room 813 East
(212) 772-5121

Andrew Polsky has been a member of the Hunter College faculty since 1984.  His research has focused on American political development, political parties, and the presidency.  He is the author of The Rise of the Therapeutic State (Princeton University Press, 1991) and Elusive Victories:  The American Presidency at War (Oxford University Press, 2012), as well as numerous scholarly articles.  From 2005 to 2010, he edited the political science journal Polity.   He comments in the media on political issues and campaigns and contributes columns on presidential leadership to the Oxford University Press blog.   As a member of the CUNY doctoral faculty in political science, he has received awards for mentorship and service.  He has served twice as chair of Hunter's Department of Political Science.  In his years at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, he has taught courses at every level, including the introductory American government course to more than 6,000 Hunter students.


Robert Kulesz
Executive Assistant to the Dean
Room: 813 East
Phone: (212) 772-5095

Robert Kulesz handles various administrative and logistical duties for the Dean, including scheduling and correspondence. He also serves as a liaison between the many departments and programs in the School of Arts & Sciences and the Office of the Dean.


Angela Luna
Assistant to the Dean for Special Projects
Room: 804 East
Phone: (212) 650-3839

Angela Luna helps coordinate academic program reviews, first year programs, scheduling/enrollment management, special events and other special projects under the purview of the Dean of Arts and Sciences.  Ms Luna has undergraduate degrees in Media Studies, History and Classical Archeology, and she is currently pursuing her MA in History at Hunter College.


Esperanza Pita-Felstead
Office Assistant
Room: 812 East
Phone: 212-772-5121




David Wong
Acting Assistant Dean for Operations

Room: 814 East
Phone: (212) 772-5240

As Acting Assistant Dean for Operations, David Wong oversees all matters pertaining to personnel, budget, facilities and research-related purchases and expenditures for Arts & Sciences.  He has over 24 years of experience in a wide range of public sector fiscal and administrative areas. 


Gus Pita
Facilities Manager
Room: 803 East
Phone:  (212)-396-6727

Having twenty years of hands-on experience at Hunter College, as the new Facilities Manager for Arts and Sciences, Gus works with the Assistant Dean for Operations to manage, track and assess renovation and construction projects throughout the School as well as manage equipment purchases and related equipment budgets.


Wendy Brisita
Finance Budget Specialist/Office Manager
Room: 816 East
Phone:  (212)-772-5247

Wendy Brisita works directly with the Assistant Dean for Operations and assists in the review and management of all budgetary and personnel matters for the School of Arts & Sciences to include:  preparation of budgets, reports, and recommendations; management of searches, appointment, reappointment, promotion, and tenure processes; management of the Dean's office and clerical/part-time staff. Ms. Brisita holds a BS in Business Administration from Fordham University and she is currently pursuing her MS in Organizational Change Management from The Milano School of Business.


Luz Ramirez
Assistant for Budget

Room: 802 East
Phone: (212) 772-5521

As a Budget Assistant, Mrs. Ramirez monitors OTPS expenditures for the Dean's Office.  She processes all travel, moving and recruitment related expenses for the entire faculty in the Arts and Sciences.  Mrs. Ramirez holds an BA in Communications and a MS in Urban Affairs from Hunter College.




Angela T. Haddad, PhD
Senior Associate Dean for Student Success

Room: 801 East
Phone: 212-772-5121

As the Senior Associate Dean for Student Success, Dr. Haddad provides administrative leadership and support for undergraduate and graduate programs including curricular planning and development, overseeing academic program reviews, and managing the academic policies and practices of graduate programs.  Prior to Hunter College, Associate Dean Haddad served as Associate Provost of Barnard College and as an Associate Professor and Department Chair at Central Michigan University. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.


Sonia Macias
Executive Assistant to the Senior Associate Dean for Student Success

Room 817 East
Phone: (212) 772-4979

Sonia Macias has worked in the Dean's Office for over 5 years and has recently become Executive Assistant to the Senior Associate Dean for Student Success, Angela Haddad. Sonia not only manages Dean Haddad's calendar, but also assists her with curriculum and anything else relating to Graduate Programs.


Richard Kaye

Richard Kaye, PhD
Acting Associate Dean
for Academic Excellence and Student Engagement
Room: 815 East
Phone: (212) 650-3045

Richard Kaye is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Hunter and in the PhD Program in English at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he has served as Acting Deputy Officer in the PhD Program in English. He received his BA in Humanities from the University of Chicago under the supervision of Saul Bellow of the Committee on Social Thought and his PhD in English Literature from Princeton University. He has worked on the editorial staffs of The Nation and The New York Review of Books. Before coming to Hunter, he taught at the Parsons School of Design, Eugene Lang College at the New School for Social Research, and Davidson College in North Carolina, where he was Assistant Professor of English. He is the author of The Flirt's Tragedy: Desire without End in Victorian and Edwardian Fiction (2002), and is completing a book entitled Voluptuous Immobility: St. Sebastian and the Decadent Imagination. He has been the recipient of three Andrew H. Mellon Fellowships, and a National Humanities Center Fellowship. Richard has taught in the Thomas Hunter Honors Program and at Macaulay Honors College. He designed the course, "Contemporary British Drama", which he taught for five years in Hunter's Education Abroad Program in London.


Melissa Torrella
Executive Assistant to Acting Associate Dean
for Academic Excellence and Student Engagement
Room: 818 East
Phone: (212) 650-6708


Elise Jaffe
Pre-Law Advisor
Room: 1134 East
Phone: (212) 772-4889
Fax: (212) 650-3266

Elise Jaffe is Hunter's Director of Pre-Law Programs and Pre-Law Advisor.   She provides students and alumni with information about the legal profession, academic and pre-professional preparation for law school, and the law school application process.  An attorney with an academic background, Ms. Jaffe periodically teaches in the Political Science Department.


Karen Phillips, PhD
Pre-Health Advisor
Room: 1210 East
Phone: (212) 772-5382

Dr. Phillips earned her PhD in Chemistry at Columbia University before establishing herself as an award-winning Organic Chemistry instructor at Hunter College. She has been the Director of the Pre-Health Program since 2010. In this capacity, she also oversees Hunter's Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Health Careers Preparation, and she serves as the Director of the Yalow Scholars Program.


Kemile Jackson, MA
Pre-Health Coordinator

Room: 1207 East
Phone: (212) 772-5246

Kemile is a recent addition to the Hunter Pre-Health team. She coordinates Pre-Health information sessions and events.


Taryn Weinstein
Pre-Health Advisor
Room: 1209E
(212) 772-3611

Taryn Weinstein, joined the Hunter Pre-Health team as an Advisor in Fall 2012.  She comes to Hunter from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of NYIT in Old Westbury, NY where she spent the past 8 years as the Associate Director of Admissions.  She is excited to work with the pre-health team to advise students on the process of applying to medical school with the goal of putting together their best application and preparing them for the rigorous admissions process.




Carol Oliver, PhD
Program Director

Room:  1237 East
Phone:  (212) 772-4937

The McNair Scholars Program is a federally funded program that supports and promotes Juniors and Seniors interested in pursuing graduate studies.  As the Director, Dr. Oliver both oversees daily program functions and works with students individually and in groups to encourage scholarly activities and to gain acceptance into summer research programs and graduate schools nationally.


Rex Nobles
Assistant Program Director

Room:  1238 East
Phone:  (212) 772-4824

Rex assists Dr. Carol Oliver, McNair Scholars Program Director, in ensuring participants develop competitive applications for scholarships, summer research programs, and graduate programs; thoroughly understand graduate school expectations; and engage in activities related to further academic, professional, and social engagement.  He also coordinates external graduate campus visits, on-campus recruitment events, and cultural activities for McNair Scholars.




Rebecca E. Connor, PhD
Acting Associate Dean / Associate Provost

Room: 1216 West
Phone: (212) 772-4043

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