About the Faculty Fellows Program

The Provost’s Faculty Fellows Program was launched in 2017 under the leadership of Provost Emerita Betsy Hendrey. The Program is modeled on the prestigious American Council on Education fellowship and is designed to mentor and support faculty to learn more about how the institution as a whole functions. Fellows work under the supervision of the Provost and in collaboration with members of the Provost’s and President’s Cabinets, on a year-long project addressing an area of improvement needed at the College. Fellows receive leadership training to supplement their project-specific learning. 

The Program’s intent is to bring awareness to how the institution functions, to build productive collaborations between faculty and administration, and to deepen the leadership bench at Queens College. Previous Provost’s Faculty Fellows have gone on to serve in leadership roles in their department, division, the college, the PSC, and CUNY Central.

Applications for each cohort of Provost’s Faculty Fellows open in the spring of the year preceding the start of the Fellowship in the fall.

2023-2024 Faculty Fellows

In 2020, as part of the college’s diversity initiative and with funding from our Mellon Foundation faculty diversity grant, we dedicated one of the two fellowships granted each year to a faculty member pursuing a project related to advancing campus diversity and inclusion. This year’s Diversity Fellowship has been granted to Christopher Williams. As co-director of the First Year Writing program, Christopher manages more than 70 adjunct faculty and administers approximately 200 course sections each academic year. Since Fall 2016, he has spearheaded revisions of College Writing 1 (English 110) and College Writing 2 (English 130) curricula, developed courses and resources for multilingual student writers such as the grant-funded Language Lab, and contributed to first-year and transfer student strategic goals through multiple Computing in Undergraduate Education (CUE)-funded projects focused on improving student success and retention. During his fellowship, he will research first-year student disengagement across the disciplines and assess in-class and co-curricular interventions that aim to improve student engagement and course completion rates. Read more about Dr. Williams’s Project.

Christopher John Williams

The Middle States Fellow designation is new this year and is designed to deepen our bench of individuals at the college who are conversant with institutional reaccreditation and engaged as leaders in the reaccreditation process. This year’s MSCHE Faculty Fellowship has been granted to Susan A. Davis, professor and graduate coordinator of Music Education at the Aaron Copland School of Music. Susan’s research into culturally responsive music praxis and philosophy has led to multiple publications and international presentations, including articles in Music Educators Journal, the Journal of Music Teacher Education, and the International Journal of Music Education. She was an instrumental part of the team that led Queens College to obtain initial accreditation with the National Association of Schools of Music in 2021. Susan has been recognized with an Excellence in Teaching Award (2015, Brooklyn College) and as a CUNY Mellon Faculty Diversity Fellow (2016-17). During her fellowship, she will research advisement and registration culture at Queens College and work with partners to better the student experience from orientation through degree completion. Read more about Dr. Davis’s Project.

Christopher John Williams

Past Fellows


JV Fuqua (Women and Gender Studies) worked on issues of gender inclusivity.
Mayank Goswami (Computer Science) focused on departmental web pages in collaboration with ITS.


Leslee Grey (Secondary Education and Youth Services)
Ijalba (Linguistics and Communications Disorders)


Soribel Genao (Education and Community Programs)
Edisa Weeks (Drama, Theatre and Dance)


Bobbie Kabuto (Elementary and Early Childhood Education)
Mihaela Robila (Family, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences)


Christopher Hanusa (Mathematics)
Tao Wang (Economics)


Alicia Alvero (Psychology)
Meghan Healey (Drama, Theater, and Dance)