Dean's Office Staff and Administrators

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Leila Boyd - Administrative Secretary, Interdisciplinary Studies

The Administrative Secretary's primary responsibility is organization and coordination of the Governor's School for International Studies, a four-week residential outreach program for high school juniors and seniors. She also works closely with the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities, and other programs within Interdisciplinary Studies.

Jessica Clifford-Kelso - Pre-professional Advisor

Jessica Clifford-KelsoThe Pre-professional Advisor has responsibility for advising students interested in careers in the health sciences and law and for assisting these students with their application to professional school. The Pre-professional Advisor is responsible for creating and maintaining programs and services that provide pre-professional students with in-depth information about professional school admissions requirements and an opportunity to interact with professional school admissions officials and practicing professionals.

Carolyn Dickens - Director of Development

Carolyn DickensThe 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 his 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.

Cassandra Dinwiddie - Business Officer
Cassandra Dinwiddie

The business officer has responsibility for administering the College's financial affairs including developing and establishing budgetary processes for the College, 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.

Susan Fitzgerald- Director of Administration
Susan Fitzgerald

The 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.

Ms. Latica Jones - Business Officer III
 Latica Jones

The Business Officer 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.

Ms. Mary Jones - Lead Graduation Analyst
Mary Jones

The Lead Graduation Analyst is assigned to the Undergraduate Advising Center and has responsibility for certifying undergraduate students for graduation.

Ms. Patsy Krech - College Advisor
Patsy Krech

The 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.

Roger J Kreuz - Associate Dean
Roger J. Kreuz

The Associate Deans in the College of Arts and Sciences assist the Dean with all matters pertaining to the administration of the College, and serve in an advisory capacity to the Dean. The Associate Deans work directly with the Dean on matters pertaining to recruitment, hiring, budget development and resource allocation, program and curriculum development, and other issues related to the administration of the College of Arts and Sciences. Associate Dean Kreuz 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 Studies program. He also chairs the College's Graduate Curriculum Committee, and serves as the College representative on the University Graduate Council.

Robert Marczynski - Assistant Director of Interdisciplinary Studies
Robert Marczynski

The Assistant Director is involved in a variety of programs and initiatives in the interdisciplinary academic programs and institutes. Academic programs supported are: African and African American Studies, Asian Studies and International Trade, Bioinformatics, International Studies, Bornblum Judaic Studies, Public Health, Women's and Gender Studies and Governor's School for International Studies. Research Centers supported are: Center for Research on Women, Chucalissa Indian Village and Museum, Confucius Institute, Benjamin Hooks Institute for Social Change, and the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities.

Dr. Thomas J. Nenon - Dean
Thomas Nenon

The Dean has responsibility for administering the College of Arts and Sciences including the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy and the Departments of Anthropology, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Earth Sciences, English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Mathematical Sciences, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. He also has responsibility for administering the Center for Earthquake Research (CERI), the Center for Research on Women (CROW), and the Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities (MOCH), and for administration of the University's Air Force, Army, and Navy ROTC Programs.

Sylvia Nisar - Graduation Analyst

Sylvia NisarThe Graduation Analyst is assigned to the Undergraduate Advising Center and has responsibility for certifying undergraduate students for graduation.

Abby Parrill-Baker - Associate Dean
Abby Parrill-Baker

The Associate Deans in the College of Arts and Sciences assist the Dean with all matters pertaining to the administration of the College, and serve in an advisory capacity to the Dean.  The Associate Deans work directly with the Dean on matters pertaining to recruitment, hiring, budget development and resource allocation, program and curriculum development, and other issues related to the administration of the College of Arts and Sciences.  Associate Dean Parrill serves as the Dean's liaison to the Natural Sciences Departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as to those interdisciplinary programs that are oriented toward the natural sciences.  She also supports faculty across the college in their efforts to obtain external funding for their research and scholarship, and promotes the growth of research and student involvement in research at all levels.

Victoria Reynolds Tardugno - Administrative Associate I
Victoria Reynolds Tardugno

Assists associate deans and faculty regarding graduate and undergraduate curriculum. Manages and approves all requests for late adds/withdrawals and overloads for graduate students. Provides customer services to students who have questions regarding graduate programs within the college. Work with graduate faculty regarding graduate curriculum-preparing course revisions, new courses, and catalog changes to be presented to the CAS Graduate Council and the University Council for approval. Assist 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.

Deborah Tollefsen - Associate Dean
 Dr. Deborah Tollefsen

The Associate Deans in the College of Arts and Sciences assist the Dean with all matters pertaining to the administration of the College, and serve in an advisory capacity to the Dean. The Associate Deans work directly with the Dean on matters pertaining to recruitment, hiring, budget development and resource allocation, program and curriculum development, and other issues related to the administration of the College of Arts and Sciences. Associate Dean Tollefsen serves as the Dean's liaison to the Humanities Departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as to those interdisciplinary programs that are humanities oriented. She also does enrollment management for the College of Arts and Sciences, oversees the allocation of several college-level awards and student scholarships in the College of Arts and Sciences, chairs the CAS Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, and serves as the College of Arts and Sciences representative to the University Undergraduate Council.

Ms. Debra Turner - Web Specialist II

Debra TurnerThe Web Specialist II develops applications supporting the evaluations and research processes within the college, and designs and maintains the College of Arts and Sciences website and other sites within the college including several academic and research programs. Responsibilities also include design and publication of the college electronic bi-weekly newsletter, Efiles and Accolades. Provides support to the dean's office and departments with online form management.

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