Staff

Academic Affairs

Led by Olga Papaemmanouil, Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

lauren buckley
Lauren Buckley
Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs
781-736-7635 Bernstein Marcus, 073-034

Responsible for: 

  • UDR program including recruitment, training, support, and evaluation 
  • Department enrollments
  • Point of contact for academic and department administrators for academic matters
margaret lynch
Margaret Lynch
Director of Undergraduate-Faculty Research Partnerships
781-736-2605 Pearlman 104

Responsible for: 

  • Undergraduate research fellowships and grants
  • Undergraduate researcher advising, training, and informational resources
  • Undergraduate Research and Creative Collaborations Symposium
  • Research opportunities database (ForagerOne)
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Diana Filar
Department Administrator
781-736-2107 Irving Presidential Enclave 101

Responsible for:

  • Administrative support for academic affairs
  • Undergraduate Departmental Representative (UDR) program
  • Logistics of meetings and events for the School of Arts and Sciences
melinda smiling
Melinda Hallisey
Brandeis Core Program Coordinator
781-736-2699 Bernstein-Marcus Administration Center

Responsible for:

  • Brandeis Core faculty/staff committees
  • First Year Experience and Critical Conversations programming
  • Small Group Discussions

Faculty Affairs

Led by Joel Christensen, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs.

lorna laurent
Lorna Laurent
Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs, Humanities and Sciences
781-736-2108 Bernstein-Marcus Administration Center, 022

Responsible for providing research and administrative support on various projects including: 

  • Faculty searches, appointments, tenure and promotion and faculty salary recommendations
  • Interpretation of the Faculty Handbook, Contract Faculty Guidelines, and the SEIU collective bargaining agreement 
  • Policies and procedures not outlined in the Faculty Handbook and other guiding documents
heather young
Heather Young
Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs, Creative Arts and Social Sciences
781-736-3440 Bernstein-Marcus Administration Center, 021

Responsible for providing research and administrative support on various projects including: 

  • Faculty searches, appointments, tenure and promotion and faculty salary recommendations
  • Interpretation of the Faculty Handbook, Contract Faculty Guidelines, and the SEIU collective bargaining agreement 
  • Policies and procedures not outlined in the Faculty Handbook and other guiding documents
carina ray
Carina Ray
Director, Faculty Mentoring Program
781-736-2027 Mandel Center for the Humanities 215

Responsible for: 

  • Faculty mentoring and professional development
kathleen mcmahan
Kathleen McMahan
Department Administrator
781-736-3477 Irving Presidential Enclave 101

Responsible for: 

  • Administrative support for faculty affairs
  • Undergraduate Research and Creative Collaborations support 
  • Website and newsletter curation
Peggy Higgins
Peggy Higgins
Department Coordinator
781-736-2199 Irving Presidential Enclave 101

Finance and Operations

Led by Kevin Keith, Executive Director for Finance, Administration and Operations.

shannon kearns
Shannon Kearns
Associate Director for Operations, Administration and Budget
781-736-2194 Bernstein-Marcus Administration Center, 031

Responsible for: 

  • Facilitating weekly academic administrator meetings 
  • New administrator training
  • Prizes and awards process for all academic commencement awards
ryan donahue
Ryan Donahue
Associate Director, Space & Building Operations
781-736-7579

Responsible for: 

  • Work orders, office moves, equipment purchases and contractors 
  • Procedures to increase effectiveness, efficiency and life of Science support equipment 
  • Glass washers, machinists and a lab techs
Elizabeth Kurian
Elizabeth Kurian
Budget Administrator
781-736-3406

Responsible for: 

  • Graduate School of Arts and Sciences budgets, student aid, wages and grants
traci walkup
Traci Walkup
Senior Budget Analyst
781-736-4652 Bernstein-Marcus Administration Center, 018

Responsible for: 

  • Faculty budget, salary review, merit and equity increases, compliance and benefits 
  • Retirements/terminations/retentions/leaves 
  • Fellowship funds
brian schutter
Brian Schutter
Budget Analyst
781-736-4425 Bernstein-Marcus Administration Center, 035
Judy Appel
Judy Appel
Grants Administrator
781-736-7635 Bernstein-Marcus Administration Center, 034

Responsible for: 

  • Grants for Creative Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences 
  • Faculty support throughout the entire grant lifecycle 
  • Grant finances and reporting

Communications

Simon Goodacre
Simon Goodacre
Senior Associate Director of Communications and Marketing for Arts and Sciences
781-736-3407

Responsible for:

  • Strategy and implementation of communications initiatives in A&S and GSAS 
  • News items highlighting major A&S and GSAS announcements and accomplishments
  • Communication and marketing platforms for both schools

Executive Administrator

Josette McWilliams
Josette McWilliams
Executive Administrator
781-736-3454 Irving Presidential Enclave 101

Responsible for: 

  • Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences chief administrative support
  • Dean's Calendar
  • Liaison to senior management across campus