Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Ph.D., M.A., University of Cambridge
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Associate Dean of Faculty, Professor of Biological Sciences, and 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.
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Academic Budget and Information Manager
B.G.S. in Human Services, minor in Geology and Geophysics, University of Connecticut
Contact Christina for: Reimbursements for Annual Travel Allowance, Faculty Grants, and Moving Expenses; Faculty Contracts; Faculty Searches and Search Budgets; MHC Jobs Website; Personnel Actions Forms; Faculty Research Accounts; Report2Web; and as backup for Kathleen Pertzborn.
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Assistant to the Dean of Faculty
B.A. in Psychology, Stonehill College
Contact Lauren for: Scheduling meetings with the Dean of Faculty; DoF events; Advisory Committee and procedures for Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion; Academic Priorities Committee and allocations requests; Department External Reviews.
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Senior Administrative Assistant
B.A. in English, Amherst College
Contact Colleen for: General and administrative questions; DoF conference room scheduling; access and changes to email listservs, Google Sites and Drives; Faculty Meeting materials; and as back-up for Lauren McKenna and Christina Griffin.
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Assistant Dean of Faculty
M.S.E. in School Business Management, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Contact Kathleen for questions about: Faculty Benefits, Sabbaticals and Other Leaves, Parental Leave, Faculty Retirement and Emeriti faculty, Academic Departments, Department Chairs and Academic Department Coordinators, Department Planning and Staffing, Budgets and Restricted/Endowed Funds, Annual Reporting, Faculty Legislation, Faculty Immigration
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Mary Deane Sorcinelli
Scholar in Residence
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Amherst
Senior Scholar, Bay View Alliance for Reform of Undergraduate
Contact Mary Deane for: Emeriti Faculty Initiative and Advisory Committee; Individual Consultations and Advice on Professional Faculty Development Planning; Career and Leadership Opportunities; Mentoring
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Executive Associate Dean of Faculty, Director of Nexus, and Professor of Sociology
Eleanor Townsley is interested in the role of intellectuals in social life. She teaches a range of courses in social theory, media, gender, and social science research methods. Her recent work considers the rise of media meta-commentary in democratic deliberation, the social reorganization of expertise and the changing social roles of academics as public intellectuals. Since 2012, Townsley has served as an associate dean of faculty and the faculty director of the Nexus Curriculum to Career program.
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