Fall 2020 CAS Chair & Director Virtual Retreat



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From the Dean

Abby Parrill-BakerAs we move forward into a fall semester full of challenges and unknown situations, I'd like to let you know how much I appreciate how well you have adapted to what sometimes seems an ever-changing condition. Your dedication, efforts and hard work have been noticed! It will not be easy, and we anticipate circumstances beyond our control will arise, but I have confidence in your continued leadership ensuring your departments consistently maintain high standards of academic excellence while we safeguard our campus for students, faculty and staff.

The Dean's staff has compiled information that we normally share at our face-to-face retreat and included important topics in the resources found above and below. Please reach out to myself or the college staff with questions you have on any area related to these topics.



Abby Parrill-Baker, Dean | Email: aparrill@memphis.edu


Administrative Topics

Gary Emmert Gary Emmert, Associate Dean serves as the Dean's liaison to the natural sciences departments in the College. In this role, he serves as College representative on the University Research Council. In addition, he focuses on external funding and research support, Chairs the Professional Development Assignment, CAS Distinguished Research Award (CASDRA) and CAS Faculty Research Grant committees. He also works in enrollment management for natural sciences departments.

Contact Information:
Gary Emmert, Associate Dean | Email: gemmert@memphis.edu

Research Information

Research Videos

Roger KreuzRoger Kreuz, Associate Dean serves as the Dean's liaison to the social science departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as to those interdisciplinary programs that are oriented toward the social sciences. He oversees the Governor's School and the International and Global Studies program. He also chairs the College's Graduate Curriculum Committee, and serves as the College representative on the University Graduate Council.

Contact Information:
Roger Kreuz, Associate Dean | Email: rkreuz@memphis.edu

Graduate Information

Deborah TollefsenDeborah Tollefsen has worked for the Dean's Office as an Associate Dean for 5 years. She serves at the Chair of the College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Curriculum Council and helps facilitate undergraduate curriculum changes through the curriculum process. She also serves on the University Undergraduate Council and is the Chair of the University's General Education Committee. Her home department is Philosophy and as such she serves as the liaison to the Humanities Departments and interdisciplinary programs such as Women and Gender Studies and AAAS. Deborah also assists the Dean in undergraduate grade appeals, enrollment analysis, and issues related to undergraduate instruction and advising.

Contact Information:
Deborah Tollefsen, Associate Dean | Email: dtollfsn@memphis.edu

Undergraduate Information

Susan FitzgeraldSusan Fitzgerald, Director of Administration has responsibility for acting for and on behalf of the Dean serving as a liaison to the department chairs, division directors, administrative personnel, Board of Advisors members, students, etc. She also oversees College faculty and staff recruitment, and provides the Dean with information about pertinent laws, regulations and rules. She coordinates the College's Tenure and Promotion process each year and conducts special research projects for the Dean.

Contact Information:
Susan Fitzgerald | Email: sftzgrld@memphis.edu

Administration Links & Information

Thomas HopperThomas Hopper, Administrative Secretary has responsibility for scheduling meetings between the dean and various faculty, chairs and students. This position orders supplies for the office, helps in planning events for the college and works on updating the college websites.

Contact Information:
Thomas Hopper, Administrative Secretary | Email: thopper1@memphis.edu

Victoria TardugnoVictoria Tardugno, Administrative Associate I assists the associate deans and faculty in graduate and undergraduate curriculum including preparing course revisions, new courses, and catalog changes to be presented to the CAS curriculum councils. Manages and approves Graduate student paperwork including requests for late adds/withdrawals and overloads. Assists faculty/departments with the submission of applications for Graduate Faculty status. Generates all work orders for telephone service, general maintenance, alarm systems, computer problems, etc. Maintains key inventory for the building. Assists associate deans in all award processes and is in charge of ordering all awards.

Contact Information:
Victoria Tardugno | Email: vcrynlds@memphis.edu

Cassandra DinwiddieCassandra Dinwiddie, Business Officer III administers the College's financial affairs including developing and establishing budgetary processes, preparing major operational and special budgets, and managing its expenditures. She is also the Dean's official designee in authorizing financial transactions on behalf of the College.

Contact Information:
Cassandra Dinwiddie, Business Officer III | Email: cdinwidd@memphis.edu

Latica Jones

Latica Jones, Business Officer III has responsibility for administering all issues related to Research Administration and University of Memphis Foundation accounts including, Proposal Summary forms, Advance Account forms, Incentive Pay, Foundation Reimbursement forms and training. Responsibilities includes managing budgets for the CAS Travel Enrichment and College Professorships. She is also the Dean's official designee in authorizing financial transactions on behalf of the College. 

Contact Information:
Latica Jones, Business Officer III | Email: lmjons10@memphis.edu

Carolyn DickensCarolyn Dickens, Director of Development provides guidance to the Dean regarding opportunities that enhance and grow the financial resources of the College. Working closely with the Dean and Advisory Board, the Director focuses on providing College alumni and friends with the opportunity to connect with and support the College, its students, and its faculty through establishing scholarships, assistantships, and community partnerships. 

Contact Information:
Carolyn Dickens, Director of Development | Email: cdickens@memphis.edu

Ashley ConnollyAshley Connolly, College Advisor serves as director of Undergraduate Student Services and has the responsibility for overseeing undergraduate advising, recruitment, and graduation efforts. Each department in the college has specified advisors for their undergraduate majors, and the director provides training, resources, and assessment of the advising of each area. The director works with the graduation analysts to provide information to students and advisors in preparation for and certification of graduation. 

Contact Information:
Ashley Connolly, College Advisor | Email: anhollwy@memphis.edu

Important Advising Links and Articles

Cody ClintonCody Clinton is the Pre-Health Advisor for the college. His responsibilities include advising students interested in health science careers, assisting with applications to health related professional schools, creating/maintaining programs and services that provide pre-health students with in-depth information about professional school admissions requirements and opportunities to interact with professional school admissions officials and practicing professionals.

Contact Information:
Cody Clinton, Pre-Health Advisor | Email: cwsacks@memphis.edu

Pre Health Advising

Mary JonesMary Jones, Lead Academic Services Coord I is assigned to the Undergraduate Advising Center and has responsibility for certifying undergraduate students for graduation.

Contact Information:
Mary Jones, Lead Academic Services Coord I | Email: majones@memphis.edu

Carol Mahalitc Carol Mahalitc, Academic Services Coordinator I is assigned to the Undergraduate Advising Center and has responsibility for certifying undergraduate students for graduation.

Contact Information:
Carol Mahalitc, Academic Services Coord I | Email: cmhalitc@memphis.edu

Kimberly BrownKimberly Brown is the CAS  Career Specialist for Social Sciences with a wealth of experience in Non-Profit, Education and Human Resources. She is responsible for preparing and equipping students for a successful transition from college to career. Kimberly is an alum of the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Master of Arts degree in Adult Education & Training.

Contact Information:
Kimberly Foster, Career Specialist | Email: kfoster@memphis.edu

Jamel MajorJamel Major, Career Specialist is responsible for providing career advising and job and internship opportunities for students majoring in Communication and the Humanities. Jamel has been with the University of Memphis since 2015. Jamel is committed to fulfilling the University's mission of educating and empowering students to take ownership of their professional development as lifelong learners and to function successfully in a global society.

Contact Information:
Jamel Major, Career Specialist | Email: cjmajor@memphis.edu

Jada Shipp MeeksJada Meeks, Career Specialist currently serves the role of Career Specialist for all Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) majors where she helps prepare students to interview well and obtain internships and jobs. 

Contact Information:
Jada Meeks, Career Specialist | Email: jmeeks@memphis.edu

Robert MarczynskiRobert Marczynski, Director, Interdisciplinary Programs
Location: Scates Hall, Room 218
Phone: 678-3516
Contact: marczyns@memphis.edu

A member of the Dean's staff in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS); Rob leads the budgeting, marketing, advising, scheduling, curriculum development, and planning efforts for the CAS Interdisciplinary Programs; executes and promotes the University Prelaw Program; directs the Tennessee Governor’s School for International Studies (GSIS); manages College scholarships and awards; builds relationships with faculty and students.

Visit links below for more information

Debra TurnerDebra Turner is the Web
Specialist II for the college. CAS has over 60 websites, two online newsletters, Facebook and Instagram

Contact Information:
Debra Turner, Web Specialist, II | Email: dmturner@memphis.edu

Media and News information


Resources of Interest and Review

LinkedIn Learning

If you haven’t already done so, head over to your myMemphis portal to activate LinkedIn Learning. LinkedIn Learning offers thousands of professionally developed courses to boost your knowledge and enhance your career.

Simply log into the myMemphis portal using your UUID and password. Next, click the Employee tab located at the top. Scroll down and look to the right-hand side of the screen for Training Opportunities to locate LinkedIn Learning. Click on the link and you are activated! (from the June HR Newsletter)

Below are some useful resources and training opportunities related to the state of racial unrest in the United States. You are encouraged to share these resources with faculty and staff to continue educating themselves on best practices as it relates to these topics.