Jon Western

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty; Carol Hoffmann Collins '63 Professor of International Relations

Jon Western, the vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, is the chief academic officer at Mount Holyoke College. He is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership for the College’s academic mission and for supporting the 38 academic departments and programs; Library, Information, and Technology Services; the research and teaching centers; the athletics program; and the academic support offices, including the Office of the Registrar, the Office of Student Success and Advising, and the Teaching and Learning Initiative. Western, a scholar of international relations, has been a faculty member at Mount Holyoke College and with the Five College Consortium since 2000. 

Jon Western, Dean of Faculty

Gary Gillis

Norman Wait Harris and Emma Gale Harris Foundation Professor of Biological Sciences; Associate Dean of Faculty; Director of the Science Center

Gary Gillis is interested in the biomechanics and neuromuscular control of animal locomotion. He has worked on systems ranging from swimming fish to running mammals and has been involved in projects exploring plasticity in muscle function and the effects of body size on locomotor movements. Most recently his lab has been using toads to study the control of rapid deceleration during landing. In 2012 and 2013 Gillis served as a Program Officer for the National Science Foundation. Gillis is the point-person for summer student programming, federal grant submissions, and Faculty Fridays.

Gary Gillis, Associate Dean of Faculty

Christina Howe

Faculty Data and Information Manager

Encourages faculty recruitment and diversity by supporting faculty contracts and benefits. Maintains reporting consistency and integrity by managing faculty data. Contact Christina for: course evaluations, sabbaticals and leaves, faculty retirement, visitor and staffing requests, faculty contracts, faculty benefits and faculty research accounts.

Christina Griffin

Lauren McKenna

Academic Affairs and Office Manager

Oversees events, major committees, and office management for the dean of faculty. Point person for review and allocations processes to ensure timely and comprehensive submissions. Contact Lauren for: Advisory Committee and procedures for reappointment, tenure, and promotion; Academic Priorities Committee and allocations requests; department external reviews; dean of faculty events; annual reporting; academic departments; faculty searches and Jobs@MHC website; department chairs and academic department coordinators.

Lauren McKenna

Dorothy E. Mosby

Associate Dean of Faculty, Professor of Spanish

Dorothy E. Mosby is the author of Place, Language, and Identity in Afro-Costa Rican Literature (University of Missouri Press, 2003), which explores contemporary black writing from Costa Rica. Mosby has taught Afra-Hispanic Literature: Black Women's Writing from the Spanish-Speaking World (a January Term intensive, taught in English); Introduction to Latin American Literature I; and Colonial and Nineteenth-Century Latin American Literature.

Dorothy Mosby, Associate Dean of Faculty

Diane Mulvaney

Academic Budget Manager

Ensures sustainable scholarly operations and activities by managing the academic budget. Contact Diane for: academic affairs budgets, personnel action forms (PAFs), budget projections, restricted funds and and Report2Web.

Colleen O’Connor-Rickey

Academic Administrative Coordinator

Bolsters transparency and community by coordinating dean of faculty communications and staffing faculty meeting. Contact Colleen for: dean of faculty newsletter, faculty meeting, dean of faculty and academic department websites, Faculty Conference Committee and committee service, emeriti faculty and faculty retirement celebration, faculty legislation, Susan B. and Peter R. Betzer '65 Fellowship, endowed chairs, donor reporting, and dean of faculty my.mtholyoke site.

Colleen O'Connor-Rickey

Julie Russell

Senior Administrative Assistant

Ensures efficient operations of the dean of faculty's office by managing office physical space and day-to-day functions. Contact Julie for: dean scheduling, conference room scheduling, dean of faculty listservs, reimbursement requests and Google sites.