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Dean's Administrators and Office Staff

A & S Dean's Staff Contact Information

Gary Emmert - Interim Dean
Gary Lynn Emmert

The Interim 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, History, Mathematical Sciences, Philosophy, Physics and Materials Science, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and World Languages and Literatures. The position also has responsibility for administering the Center for Earthquake Research (CERI), Interdisciplinary programs, and the Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities (MOCH), and for administration of the University's Air Force, Army, and Naval ROTC Programs. More about Dr. Emmert

Jessica Abernathy, Director of Administration

Jessica Abernathy, Director of AdministrationThe 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.

Emilie Bowman, Pre-Award Coordinator

Emilie Bowman, Pre-Award CoordinatorThe Pre-Award Coordinator supports researchers in Biology, Chemistry, and Earth Science Departments to find and secure funding for UofM research and educational projects. She works with research teams during the pre-award phase of the sponsored project lifecycle to ensure the proposal is accurate, complete, and compliant with the sponsor requirements.

Keri Brondo, Interim Associate Dean

Coming SoonThe 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. 

Cody Clinton - Director of Pre-Professional Advising

Cody Clinton, Pre-Health AdvisorThe Director of Pre-Professional Advising has responsibility for advising students interested in careers in the health sciences and for assisting these students with their application to health related professional school. The Pre-Health Advisor is responsible for creating and maintaining programs and services that provide pre-health students with in-depth information about professional school admissions requirements and an opportunity to interact with professional school admissions officials and practicing professionals.

Meghan Cullen, Pre Health Advisor

Meghan Cullen, Pre-Health AdvisorThe Pre-Health Advisor has responsibility for advising students interested in careers in the health sciences and for assisting these students with their application to health related professional school. The Pre-Health Advisor is responsible for creating and maintaining programs and services that provide pre-health 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 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.

John W. Faulconbridge, II, Academic Services Coord I
John W. Faulconbridge, II
The Academic Services Coord I is assigned to the Undergraduate Advising Center and has responsibility for certifying undergraduate students for graduation.
Rika Hudson, Director of Student Services
Rika Hudson
As Director of Student Services, she will supervise the undergraduate advising program and provide training and resources to college advisors. She will coordinate services for students and will oversee the processing of applications for undergraduate graduation including research of degree programs, communication with faculty advisors about student’s individual requirements, and discussions with students concerning completion of degree requirements. While serving on various committees, she will consult with the Assistant Dean regarding general education curriculum and transfer credit evaluation.
Ms. Latica Jones - Business Officer III
Latica Jones

The 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.

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 and Global Studies program. He also chairs the College's Graduate Curriculum Committee, and serves as the College representative on the University Graduate Council.

Kendra Lambert - Business Officer III
Coming Soon

The Business Officer III 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.

Ladrica Menson-Furr - Assistant Dean
Dr. Ladrica Menson-FurrThe Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences assists the Dean with all matters pertaining to the administration of the College, and serve in an advisory capacity to the Dean. The Assistant Dean works 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. Assistant Dean Menson-Furr 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.
Ron Serino - Director of Interdisciplinary Studies
Ron Serino

The Director of Interdisciplinary Studies supports existing interdisciplinary programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as encouraging development of new interdisciplinary programs. Current interdisciplinary programs include African and African American Studies, Asian Studies, Emergency Management, Environmental Studies, International and Global Studies, Judaic Studies, Legal Thought and Liberal Arts, Pre-Health Studies, Religious Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies.

A. Mikhelle Taylor, Pre-Award Coordinator
Mikhelle Taylor

The Pre-Award Coordinator supports researchers in Mathematical Sciences, Computer Science, and Physics Departments to find and secure funding for UofM research and educational projects. She works with research teams during the pre-award phase of the sponsored project lifecycle to ensure the proposal is accurate, complete, and compliant with the sponsor requirements.

Debra Porter - Web Specialist II

Debra TurnerThe Web Specialist II supports evaluations and research processes within the college, designs and maintains the CAS website and oversees over 60 sites within the college including academic and research/grant programs. The position is responsible for updates to the Undergraduate Catalog for the college in the Acalog system working with the registrar office and UG council members. This position also works with Marketing and Web Services for accessibility, quality assurance and brand/policy compliance for websites within the college. Responsibilities also include design and publication of the college electronic E-Files newsletter published each semester and the annual Accolades awards site and college social media updates. Provides support to the dean's office and departments with general updates, online form management and registration of various events.

Iesha Nicole Williams - Administrative Associate I

Iesha Nicole Williams - Administrative Associate IThe administrative associate for the College of Arts & Sciences has responsibility for scheduling meetings between the dean and various faculty, chairs and students and is most often the first contact for students entering the office. This position orders supplies for the office and helps in planning events for the college.

A & S Dean's Staff Contact Information