Guttman Community College prepares students from diverse backgrounds to successfully enter the workforce or a four-year baccalaureate degree program through an engaging First Year Experience and our associate degree programs. Academic Affairs at Guttman is the office that oversees these programs, and everything else academic:  

The faculty and staff in Academic Affairs strive to improve student success equitably and through the adoption of a growth mindset, in concert with Guttman’s mission, vision, and values. Our work centers on advancing and improving Guttman’s educational model, embracing principles of inclusive excellence, engaging in rigorous and continuous assessment, and fostering an exemplary environment to learn and work. 

The Provost (Vice President for Academic Affairs) is the Chief Academic Officer, reporting to and acting as an extension of the College President. The Provost collaborates closely with the senior leadership of the College to address the needs of Guttman faculty and students, and coordinates with Provosts from other colleges in the City University of New York to ensure that Guttman contributes to how CUNY meets its goals and fulfills its critical mission of providing a first-rate public education to students, regardless of means or background.

These pages point you to the resources and programs curated by the Office of the Provost, and feature the expertise of our outstanding faculty and the achievements of our impressive students.​ Please send inquiries, comments, or suggestions to our team by emailing

Join me and the Academic Affairs team in advancing Guttman’s mission of nurturing student success through excellence in teaching, proactive and responsive student supports, and external partnerships! 

Eva Fernández 

Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

  • Dr. Grace Pai, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies

    “I love and live off of the ‘aha’ moments students have in class when they suddenly understand or build a new understanding of a concept. That has always been what excites me about teaching, whether it’s in a math class or a seminar course.”

    In addition to the value she places on new ideas that come into being for individual students, Dr. Grace Pai sees “a career in education as a means of alleviating poverty and bringing about social mobility and equality.“ She does not mince words about “a lack of equity that too often leads to social stratification” and the scope of this crisis: “I’ve always found it astonishing that in a ‘developed’ knowledge economy like the United States’ that stresses the importance of obtaining a college degree, we still have about 15% of students who don’t even graduate from high school.” Experienced as a counselor and math teacher in NYC public schools and holding a Ph.D. in international education and development with a specialization in applied statistics for program and impact evaluation, Dr. Pai is a powerful emerging voice in the critical areas of global learning, culturally relevant pedagogy (CRP), as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as they relate to race in America. During just the last turbulent year, beset by the global pandemic, the Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies has presented or spoken at over a dozen events on CRP, Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), and racial justice.

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