A New Academic Year Brings New Administrative Staff

19 Sep

I would like to begin by welcoming returning and new students, faculty and instructors to the 2011-2012 academic year in the Department of Art History. I hope your summers were everything you wanted them to be.

The season brought some bittersweet changes to the department.  Our wonderful Administrative Secretary and Department of Art History alumna, Maya Dean, upon earning her Master’s Degree in Social Science Education from the Steinhardt School, was offered a job in Queretaro, Mexico.  Maya left New York in early August to take up her new position at the JFK International School. She is now teaching History and Art History to high school students.

A few weeks after Maya’s news, our equally wonderful Administrative Aide, Hannah Thomas, who had just earned her MBA in Entrepreneurship and Marketing from the Stern School, announced that she, too, had been offered a new position.  Hannah left the department early this month for American Express, where she is now a Marketing Analyst.

Although we miss them and all that they brought to the department, we are thrilled for them and laud their accomplishments.

Please join me in welcoming our new Administrative Secretary, Joshua Kwassman, and our new Administrative Aide, Kate Conroy.

Joshua Kwassman

Josh is, likely, a familiar face to many of you, as he was a student worker in our Research Collections for the last year.  In addition, he is an active composer and performer within the New York jazz community. He has performed at some of the city’s most prestigious venues, including Lincoln Center and Symphony Space, as well as headlining for jazz festivals across the world. He was a 2011 recipient of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award and is currently producing his debut full-length album, which will feature seven compositions.  Josh received his BFA from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.  He is currently completing his MA in Jazz Performance and Composition at NYU’s Steinhardt School.

Kate Conroy

An Art History major at the University of Massachusetts, Kate comes to us with impressive administrative background.  She has focused on production and operations in three diverse industries: independent film, corporate media development, and nonprofit arts.  She redirected to higher education, joining the Department of Art History after completing an MA in Arts Politics at NYU’s Tisch School.  Outside of her day job, Kate is a multi-modal research-based artist dedicated to community building, social justice, arts access, and the politics of humor.

Peggy Coon


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