As an academic leader and faculty member at LaGuardia Community College/CUNY (“LaGuardia”) for more than 32 years, Dr. Paul Arcario’s commitment to student success, and understanding of the vital role faculty play in educating and inspiring students, mark his tenure at LaGuardia. He was dubbed an “Undercover Boss” type administrator by the Queens Chronicle for his on-the-ground, first-hand research to help faculty address challenges in the classroom—e.g., enrolling in developmental math to learn why the course was often a roadblock for students. Read more on Dr. Arcario’s approach. From August 2019–August 2020, Dr. Arcario served as LaGuardia’s Interim President—appointed by CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez. He was appointed as Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs in 2012. In this role, he manages the Academic Division’s $40 million annual budget, leads faculty recruitment and development, oversees day-to-day management of key academic initiatives; and supervises the Student Affairs Division, which serves the college’s nearly 20,000/yr. students pursuing associate degrees. Dr. Arcario returned to the positions of Provost and Senior Vice President in August 2020 when President Kenneth Adams joined LaGuardia Community College. As Provost, Dr. Arcario has advocated for more professional development for college faculty, as a means of improving student outcomes. Noting that doctoral programs typically don’t include teaching curricula, Dr. Arcario secured a major grant from the U.S. Department of Education to establish the college’s faculty development program, the Center for Teaching and Learning, which today is among the largest and most robust CTLs at New York metropolitan area colleges. Additional major grants secured to date under his leadership have totaled more than $34 million. From the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education. He’s also helped secure grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, and other leading philanthropies that support higher education. He previously served as a consultant for a national Gates Foundation-funded project to improve pedagogy and outcomes in developmental education. Among his numerous academic achievements and honors include his selection for the 2019 Distinguished College Administrator Award from the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK), and being named “Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate” (2007) from the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience. Dr. Arcario joined LaGuardia in 1988 as an ESL faculty member in the Education and Language Acquisition Department, and became chairperson of the Academic ESL Program in 1994. He joined the college’s academic leadership team in 1998 as Assistant Dean. Dr. Arcario earned his Ed.D. and M.Ed. in TESOL from Columbia University Teachers College, and his B.A. (magna cum laude) and M.A. in English from New York University. Dr. Arcario was born and raised in Ozone Park, Queens.
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