Administration & Faculty
Dara Meyers-Kingsley is the Director and Faculty Mentor 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 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 MA n Cinema Studies from New York University and a BA in Art History from Barnard College, Columbia University.
Brian Buckwald is Director of Scholar Programs at Hunter College. He works closely with campus faculty and administration to oversee merit scholarships, learning communities, and specialized programming for Hunter's high-achieving students.
He received his MS in Academic Advising from Kansas State and BA in Sociology and BS in Human Resources Development from Georgia State University. He has presented at several regional and national conferences, and held numerous leadership roles in the National Academic Advising Association. During off hours he loves to cook, travel, read, game, and follow college football - go Panthers!
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 an 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. She has also 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 BA in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she double majored in Journalism and English Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing.