Marissa Schlesinger, M.A.

Ms. Schlesinger has served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Guttman Community College, CUNY, since 2015 where her portfolio includes the First Year Experience, curriculum management, academic scheduling and workload, part-time faculty supervision, and academic administration. She is co-Project Director of GCC’s $1.8 million USDOE Title V grant focusing on student learning, engagement, and advising.

From 2010-2015 she served as Director of Academic Affairs at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY. Included in her KCC portfolio were the Center for Academic Writing Success, Achieving the Dream student success initiatives, and the learning communities program, for which Ms. Schlesinger received $2.2 million in grant funding over five years. Prior to this she was a faculty member of KCC’s Department of Art.

She was a founding member of the national Learning Community Association Council, is a peer reviewer for Learning Communities Research and Practice and has served as resource faculty of the Washington Center’s National Summer Institute for Learning Communities.

Marissa received her B.A. in the Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East from Smith College and her M.A. from the University of Toronto, where she is A.B.D. in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations. She studied Egyptology at University College London and lectures on ancient Egyptian art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.

She is also an unabashed fan of the Oxford comma.