September 26, 2012 | New York City College of Technology
Brooklyn, NY — Dr. Pamela Brown, a chemical engineer who served for seven years as dean of the School of Arts & Sciences at New York City College of Technology of The City University of New York (City Tech/CUNY), has been promoted to associate provost at the College. She reports to City Tech Provost Bonne August and is a member of President Russell K. Hotzler’s cabinet.
In her new position as associate provost, Dr. Brown will support accreditation and program review, articulation agreements, undergraduate education and faculty professional development.
“I am pleased to have a professional of Pam’s caliber as associate provost,” said Dr. August, in announcing the appointment. “Her demonstrated achievements as dean in the areas of curriculum development, accreditation, assessment, and professional development, as well as her success in obtaining federal funding for new initiatives, will serve the College well as we move forward. She brings energy, creativity, and a spirit of collaboration to her work. I welcome her in this new role.”
Dr. Brown, who has the distinction of being the first woman to earn a PhD in chemical engineering from NYU-Polytechnic University, has a track record of creating initiatives to improve the retention and recruitment of students interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. As dean, she helped obtain and oversee five grants from the National Science Foundation totaling $3.3 million to further this goal.
During the 2011-12 academic year, Dr. Brown was tapped by the National Science Foundation to serve as a program director in the Division of Undergraduate Education. Her responsibilities there included oversight of the proposal review process, funding recommendations and outreach to the larger scientific community.
“I hope to support development of new academic programs and courses which meet workforce needs and intellectually enrich our students,” Dr. Brown says. “I also plan to help expand opportunities for undergraduate research and other initiatives for student support. Lastly, professional development to support faculty teaching and scholarship is a priority.”
Dr. Brown’s affiliation with City Tech began in 1998 when she was hired as an assistant professor of chemistry. During the 2004-05 academic year, she served as chemical technology program coordinator. During this time, the program became one of the few in the country to be approved by the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Chemical/Environmental Laboratory Technology Program Approval Service, signifying to industry that it met quality standards similar to those of the most effective chemistry-based programs in the U.S.
Dr. Brown returned to college to earn her PhD after spending several years in industry and raising a family. She holds a BS in chemistry from SUNY Albany and an MS in chemical engineering practice from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Brown lives with her husband, Harvey, a demolition contractor, in Baldwin, Long Island. They have three grown children.
New York City College of Technology (City Tech) of The City University of New York is the largest public college of technology in New York State. The College enrolls more than 16,000 students in 62 baccalaureate, associate and specialized certificate programs. Another 16,000 students enroll annually in adult education and workforce development programs, many of which lead to licensure and certification. Located at 300 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn, City Tech is at the MetroTech Center academic and commercial complex, convenient to public transportation.