More than 80% of CUNY’s senior faculty have PhDs or other higher degrees in their fields. Current CUNY faculty have won prestigious awards in recognition of their contributions to education and scholarship including Guggenheim Fellowships, Pulitzer Prizes, an Academy Award, Macarthur Foundation Genius Awards, Carnegie Teacher of the Year, and many more.

Some Macaulay faculty teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate CUNY students; others only teach Macaulay students. Along with our Academic Affairs team, our faculty develops unique and challenging academic programming for Macaulay scholars.


Macaulay Faculty


Harold VarmusHarold Varmus


Dr. Harold Varmus, M.D., is a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize for studies of the genetic basis of cancer. He became Director of the National Cancer Institute in 2010, after ten years as President of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and six years as Director of the National Institutes of Health. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine and is involved in several initiatives to promote science and health in developing countries. The author of over 350 scientific papers and five books, including a recent memoir titled The Art and Politics of Science, he was a co-chair of President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, was a co-founder and Chairman of the Board of the Public Library of Science, and chaired the Scientific Board of the Gates Foundation Grand Challenges in Global Health.


Professor Elizabeth ReisElizabeth Reis


Elizabeth Reis is a professor at Macaulay Honors College of CUNY where she teaches courses on Transgender Issues, Reproductive Technologies, Women’s Health, and Medical Ethics. She is the author, most recently, of Bodies in Doubt: An American History of Intersex. More 

Advising and Support

Student support takes many forms at Macaulay, with our network of professionals dedicated to advising.

Personalized Tech Guidance

Macaulay staffs all of its classes with Instructional Technology Fellows to help students implement and present ideas using tech solutions.