Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Cruz Bueno, who currently serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Black Studies at the College, and Nicole Carr, an instructor at the University of Miami, as new full-time tenure-track faculty in the Department of Black Studies. They both will begin their new duties in the fall 2016 semester.
I recognize that the Provost does not ordinarily send out campus announcements regarding individual faculty hires. However, this search calls for an exception. Following an unprecedented number of Black Studies faculty retirements and departures last spring, Dean Barrett, Interim Provost Deen, and President Christian worked closely with department Chair Major Coleman to provide assistance on multiple levels. Interim Associate Provost Bernstein, Vice President Eaton, Vice President Wright, and Dean Jones subsequently joined the informal task force. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni also came together to help rebuild the department’s faculty ranks. This support reflects the important history of the Black Studies Department at New Paltz and our collective desire to see it thrive.
I wish to thank the search committee members, which included student representatives Jean Padilla and Kimberly Roman, for the time and care they committed to secure not one, but two, new hires for the department. In particular, I acknowledge the efforts of Sunita Bose, Major Coleman, Glenn Geher, Rendesia Scott, Alexandra Cox, Lee Bernstein, Laura Barrett, Jonathan Rust, Doris Butterfield, Anthony Winn, Tanhena Pacheco-Dunn, and Nancy Moore. Their assistance testifies to the camaraderie and collaboration of our Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty.
Below please find a brief bio about each of the new hires.
In the Black Studies Department this semester, Dr. Cruz Bueno is teaching Race and Racism in U.S. History; and Blacks in the Caribbean, 1492-Present. These courses align with Bueno’s teaching and research background, which focuses on the web of social forces that produce economic inequality, often at the disproportionate expense of people of color.
Before coming to SUNY New Paltz, Bueno taught at Wesleyan University, Central Connecticut State University and most recently at Siena College, where she served as an assistant professor of economics. She has presented at a number of regional and national professional conferences on subjects including gender violence and poverty in the Dominican Republic and other Latin American and Caribbean nations, and is a recipient of the 2014 Rhonda Williams Prize from the International Association for Feminist Economics, an award given to a young scholar for research that is activist-oriented and addresses issues of gender, race and class.
She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Nicole Carr comes to New Paltz from the University of Miami, where she has served as a literature instructor since 2015, teaching courses in Africana Studies and African American Literature. From 2009-2014, she served as a composition instructor at Barry University, in Miami Shores, Fla.
Carr’s research explores the mammy archetype and the way it “informs and complicates the lived experience and representations of black women’s humanity,” she explains. She has presented her work at a number of regional and national professional conferences on the representation of gender and race in literature. She is the recipient of the McKnight Graduate Fellowship (2010-2016), designed to address the under-representation of African American and Hispanic faculty at colleges and universities in Florida.
Next month, Carr will complete her Ph.D. in English from the University of Miami.
The department is now working to hire a Visiting Assistant Professor in History to start in the fall. Following the periodic program evaluation of May 2015 and a review of the curriculum dated January 2016, Department Chair Coleman and the new faculty will plan revisions to the Black Studies major program; this plan will guide the search for a third tenure-track position.
Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs