Administration & Faculty
Dara Meyers-Kingsley is the Director of the Muse Scholar Program at Hunter College, a new honors program for high-achieving students with talents in the arts. She also serves as the liaison for Hunter's university partnership with the Baruch College-Rubin Museum of Art Project and the Theatre Development Fund (TDF).
Ms. Meyers-Kingsley has extensive experience as a contemporary art curator with an interdisciplinary curatorial practice. Her exhibitions, often including media, installation, and performance, have been presented around the United States at LA MOCA, MCA Chicago, The New Museum, Andy Warhol Museum, Miami MOCA, the Brooklyn Museum, the Center for Jewish History and the Mattress Factory. She has also worked with a range of arts funders, including the Andy Warhol Foundation, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts.
As an educator she has taught aspiring artists in Parsons' MFA Studio Art Program, undergraduates in Hunter's Macaulay Honors College and, since 2011, the freshman Muse Scholars. As part of the Muse curriculum, students study with Ms. Meyers-Kingsley during their freshman year in HUM 201, Explorations in the Arts, and the Spring Muse Seminar, designed for Muse Scholars.
Her flair for bringing together professionals with diverse expertise to create new initiatives, was recognized when she served as the Project Director of the Arts Across the Curriculum pilot year at Hunter College (2011-2012); she also established herself as one of the founders of the field of electronic media art preservation. Ms. Meyers-Kingsley has lectured on media art history in the United States and abroad (Reina Sofia, Madrid and SMAK, Ghent) and she is the author of museum catalogs and articles on Adrian Piper, Andy Warhol, 1970s video art, public art, and contemporary media.
She holds an M.A. in Cinema Studies from New York University and a B.A. in Art History from Barnard College.
Coordinator Jen DeGregorio assists in organizing Muse Scholar programs and events, drafting communications, and helping Muse Scholars achieve academic success. A graduate of Hunter's MFA Creative Writing Program with a concentration in poetry, Ms. DeGregorio comes to the Muse Scholar program with experience as both a professional writer and educator.
An adjunct lecturer in Hunter's Department of English, she has taught English 220: Introduction to Writing About Literature, English 120: Introduction to Expository Writing and English 300: Introduction to Creative Writing. Ms. DeGregorio has also taught English to non-native speakers at ELS Educational Services at Adelphi University in Manhattan and at Nile Language School in New Jersey. During the Spring 2012 semester, she worked as a writing coach in LaGuardia Community College's Office of Transfer Services.
A published poet whose work has been nominated for a national Pushcart Prize and earned her an Academy of American Poets' prize from Hunter College, Ms. DeGregorio comes to education by way of journalism. She worked for more than five years as a newspaper reporter; her writing has appeared in The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune, The Baltimore Sun, The Boston Globe, U.S News & World Report, The Daily Record and other publications. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she double majored in English Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing.
Brian Buckwald serves as the Associate Director of Advising Services for Scholar Programs. Prior to his current position, he advised students in sociology and first-year programs at Georgia State University in Atlanta.
Brian holds a M.S. in Academic Advising from Kansas State University and a B.A. in Sociology / B.S. in Human Resources Development. He has presented at a number of national and regional conferences on social media and technology in advising, both by invitation and peer review, and has held several positions in the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). Brian's present NACADA activities include membership on steering committees for the Technology in Advising Commission, the NACADA Board Technology Committee, and the Webinar Advisory Board.
In his spare time he loves to travel, cook, watch college football, and "geek out" with all things tech.
Scholar Programs Advisor Elizabeth Wall-O'Brien completed a Master's in psychology at New York University and established a private practice shortly thereafter, providing psychotherapy and educational programs for children and adults.
Wall-O'Brien earned a second Master's from Neumann University in Instructional Leadership and later joined the Neumann faculty as an adjunct psychology instructor and advisor/counselor. Elizabeth continued her graduate studies in higher education online, with an emphasis on student services and retention. She lives in East Harlem with her husband, daughter and six cats. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys writing poetry, drawing, and playing piano.
Ben Ross is an Academic Advisor for Scholar Programs. Though a native of Brooklyn, where he currently resides, Ben Ross attended high school and college in Central New Jersey. He received an Associate's Degree in Music from Brookdale Community College, a double-major Bachelor of Arts in Music and Psychology from Rutgers University, and a Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Monmouth University. Prior to working at Hunter College, he was an advisor at Brookdale Community College. At Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, he counseled Voice, Piano, Composition, and Music Education majors on personal, career, and adjustment issues. He has also instructed Psychology and Human Development at Monmouth University and Brookdale Community College. Additionally, Ben Ross composes and performs music (his primary instrument being drums) and is especially interested in free improvising techniques. He also enjoys graphic design, cats, and American Pitbull Terriers, especially the puppies.