Dean’s Message: Winter 2023

woman in front of fountainDyson Leading the Way

When it comes to innovation and imagination in the arts, sciences, and humanities, Dyson College continues to be at the forefront. Through only-at-Pace learning experiences, cutting-edge research, and hands-on academics that prepare our students to shine, this edition showcases just a few of the many examples of how Dyson is leading the way across disciplines.

When prominent news analyst and former White House Communications Director George Stephanopoulos donated Associated Press and other major news agency photos from his personal collection to Pace University, Dyson students were given the exciting opportunity to curate the prestigious exhibit in the Art Gallery on the New York City campus, working intimately with some of the most iconic examples of historical photojournalism.

Meanwhile, in the science labs in Pleasantville, Professor of Biology Nancy Krucher, PhD, was awarded a National Institutes of Health grant to take on groundbreaking cancer research—a study in which undergraduate biology students will be performing much of the lab work.

We also shine a light on how the Media, Communications, and Visual Arts (MCVA) department in Pleasantville continues to provide ever-evolving opportunities for innovative experiential learning, giving students the chance to work with new, state-of-the-art equipment, travel around the world producing award-winning documentaries, and gain career-ready experience in the field (literally).

Additionally, a recent graduate of the MCVA program and third-generation Pace alumna shares how her time diving into hands-on production work through her courses helped lead to her first Emmy win—just two years after her graduation.

And on the New York City campus, after launching the first interdisciplinary course on Hong Kong and Bollywood cinema at an American university more than a decade ago, longtime friends and colleagues Satish Kolluri, PhD, and Joseph Lee, PhD, continue to be innovators in their cross-departmental and cross-cultural approaches to teaching and research.

Stories like this—of our faculty, students, and alumni leading the way in their fields—exist in abundance within the Dyson community. I look forward to continuing to uncover—and witness in real time—even more.

If you have news you wish to share with the Dyson Community, please contact Angela Nally ’99, ‘06, assistant dean for communications, at

Tresmaine R. Grimes, PhD
Dean, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education