The Division of Academic Affairs at Guttman Community College proudly represents the pathway to academic and student success through our academic programs, policies, and student support services; academic technology; career development; the ​library; and important resources for faculty and students. We also feature contact and biographical information on our outstanding faculty and the impressive research produced by Guttman students.​

In essence, the Provost is the Chief Academic Officer, reporting to and acting as an extension of the College President. As the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, I oversee the work of the Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs and the Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Strategic Planning, as well as the faculty coordinators of all academic programs and the administrators of academic student support services. I collaborate closely with the senior leadership of the College to address the needs of our faculty and students. Finally, I coordinate with Provosts from other colleges within the City University of New York (CUNY) to ensure that the university meets its goals and fulfills its mission.

The Division of Academic Affairs updates these webpages on a continuous basis. You are welcome to send your inquiries, comments, or suggestions to our team by emailing

Thank you for your commitment to higher education and your interest in the Division of Academic Affairs​ at Guttman Community College.

Howard Wach
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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