Faculty and Staff


Distinguished Lecturer Dara Meyers-Kingsley, is the Muse Scholar Program Director and Faculty Mentor. She also serves as Director of the Office of the Arts and the Mellon Arts Fellowship Program at Hunter. In addition, she is the the liaison for the college’s cultural partnerships with visual and performing arts institutions throughout NYC.

She began her career as Film and Video Curator at the Brooklyn Museum and later was Director of the Film and Video Collections at the Andy Warhol Foundation. Her exhibitions have been presented around the United States at LA MOCA, MCA Chicago, The New Museum, Miami MOCA, the Brooklyn Museum and the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh. She has also worked with a range of arts funders, including the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts and elsewhere.

As an educator she has taught aspiring artists in Parsons’ MFA Studio Art Program, undergraduates in Hunter’s Macaulay Honors College and, since 2011, the freshman Muse Scholars. As part of the Muse curriculum, students study with Ms. Meyers-Kingsley during their freshman year.

She holds an MA in Cinema Studies from New York University and a BA in Art History from Barnard College, Columbia University.

Emily Boksenbaum, Muse Scholar Program College Assistant, graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently completing her MA in Visual Arts Education at Hunter College. She is an artisan bootmaker who combines her corporate footwear experience and maker background to create unique custom boots. She also teaches leatherwork and shoemaking in Brooklyn. Contact with questions at emily.boksenbaum35@myhunter.cuny.edu. 


Joel Jimenez, Associate Director for Scholar Programs and the Manhattan Hunter Science Early College program, joined the Hunter College campus community in 2015. Previously he worked in both Student and Academic Affairs at Stony Brook University with focus on residence life, academic advisement, student life, and career services.  He is an alumni of Stony Brook University (Psychology, BA ’10, MSW ’12) and of St. John’s University (Doctor of Education ’17). Outside of Hunter, Joel works as an Executive Function Coach. He loves to eat, bike ride, and to spend time learning new things and helping people realize their goals.

Elizabeth Wall-O’Brien, Scholar Programs Advisor, completed a Master’s in psychology at New York University and established a private practice shortly thereafter, providing psychotherapy and educational programs for children and adults. Wall-O’Brien earned a second Master’s from Neumann University in Instructional Leadership and later joined the Neumann faculty as an adjunct psychology instructor and advisor/counselor. She lives in East Harlem with her husband, daughter and six cats. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys writing poetry, drawing and playing piano.