Staff & Committee Directory

2017 Outstanding Staff Award winners, Karen Mason and Grace Rock

Keeping all the systems running at the UMass College of Social & Behavioral Sciences is our dedicated staff. These unsung heroes manage the multitude of administrative and organizational tasks that keep all of the departments in the College running smoothly and efficiently.

Faculty and Staff by Department/Program

AnthropologyFaculty  |  Staff
CommunicationFaculty  |  Staff
EconomicsFaculty  |  Staff
Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR)Staff, Consultants, Scholars, and Board
JournalismFaculty & Staff
Labor StudiesFaculty & Staff
Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning Faculty  |  Staff
Legal StudiesFaculty & Staff
Political Economy Research Institute (PERI)Faculty, Fellows, & Staff
Political ScienceFaculty & Staff
School of Public PolicyFaculty |  Staff
Resource EconomicsFaculty & Staff
Social Thought & Political EconomyFaculty & Staff
SociologyFaculty | Staff

Below is a list of staff by function and our numerous committees.

Finance
Grace Rock / Beverly MorrisonAnthropology  
Donna BergCommunication
Nancy Lattinville and Sheila GilroyEconomics
Karen MasonISSR
Sheilagh HanleyJournalism
Terry TrudeauLARP
Nicole DunhamPERI
Aaron TauscherPolitical Science/Legal Studies
Gail FleischakerResource Economics
Cindy PattenSociology/Labor Center
Leticia GarciaSociology/Labor Center
Donna VanasseSTPEC

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Personnel
Debbie Averill and Beverly MorrisonAnthropology
Deb MadiganCommunication
Nancy Lattinville and Sheila GilroyEconomics
Karen MasonISSR
Terry TrudeauLARP
Nicole DunhamPERI
Kathy ColonPublic Policy
Stephen MarvellPolitical Science/Legal Studies
Gail FleischakerResource Economics
Maureen WarnerSociology/Labor Center
Donna VanasseSTPEC

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Undergraduate Advising/Registration
Shelley SilvaAnthropology
Allison ButlerCommunication
Leah DodsonEconomics
Beth WallaceJournalism
Kellie NicholasLARP
Barb Ciesluk & Adrian GracePolitical Science/Legal Studies
Satu ZollerPublic Policy
Sophie Williamson and Alesia BrennanResource Economics
Alyssa CoteSociology
Kat FabelSociology
Monica GarciaSTPEC

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Graduate Programs
Shelley SilvaAnthropology
Kathy ReadyCommunication
Mark LanderyouEconomics
Clare HammondsLabor Center
Tessa StuartLabor Center
Kellie NicholasLARP
Emily WhitePolitical Science/Legal Studies
Kathy ColonPublic Policy
Satu ZollerPublic Policy
Sophie WilliamsonResource Economics
Joya MisraSociology

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Scheduling
Shelley SilvaAnthropology
Nancy NashEconomics
Sheilagh HanleyJournalism
Tessa StuartLabor Center
Kellie NicholasLARP
Stephen MarvellPolitical Science/Legal Studies
Kathy ColonPublic Policy
Sophie WilliamsonResource Economics
Wesley DunhamSociology
Donna VanasseSTPEC

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Travel Processing
Grace RockAnthropology
Goldie McCarty
Donna BergCommunication
Nancy LattinvilleEconomics
Sheilagh HanleyJournalism
Stacy RichardsonLARP
Nicole DunhamPERI
Aaron TauscherPolitical Science/Legal Studies
Gail FleischakerResource Economics
Sophie WilliamsonResource Economics
Cindy PattenSociology/Labor Center
Donna VanasseSTPEC

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IT Support
Web/Communication/Events
Ebru Kardan SBS/Dean's Office
Matt Medeiros & Shelley SilvaAnthropology
Matt Medeiros & Angela BowserCommunication
Mythreyi Krishnan & Sheila GilroyEconomics
Elisa MartinezISSR
Mythreyi Krishnan & Sarah CorsoJournalism
Matt Medeiros & Tessa StuartLabor Center
Matt Medeiros & Evonne GongLARP
Kim WeinsteinPERI
Mythreyi Krishnan & Crystal PaulPolitical Science/Legal Studies/Grant Support
Matt MedeirosPublic Policy
Mythreyi Krishnan & Eileen KeeganResource Economics
Matt Medeiros & Wesley DunhamSociology
Mythreyi KrishnanDonna VanasseSTPEC

**Matt Medeiros and Mythreyi Krishnan serve as communications liasons/managers. They operate out of the dean's office and provide extra support in communications to assigned departments.

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Stewardship
Susan McDonoughSBS/Dean's Office
Grace RockAnthropology
Wendy VarnerCenter for Research on Families
Deb MadiganCommunication
Sheila GilroyEconomics
Sarah CorsoJournalism
Tessa StuartLabor Center
Terry TrudeauLARP
Crystal PaulPolitical Science/Legal Studies
Gail FleischakerResource Economics
Wesley DunhamSociology
Donna VanasseSTPEC

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Grants
Grace RockAnthropology
Donna BergCommunication
Melissa WalshDean's Office Staff
Nancy LattinvilleEconomics
Karen MasonISSR
Terry TrudeauLARP
Nicole DunhamPERI
Crystal PaulPolitical Science
Aaron TauscherPolitical Science
Gail FleischakerResource Economics
Leticia GarciaSociology/Labor Center
Donna VanasseSTPEC

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Committees

College Personnel Committee

The SBS Personnel Committee has many annual duties as well as some case-by-case responsibilities. Each year, the committee is tasked with reviewing: exceptional merit awards (September); faculty tenure (November); promotion cases (January); and mini tenure cases (March). A sub-committee of the Personnel Committee meets in April to handle Periodic Multi-Year Review cases. Additionally, the committee reviews tenure with hire cases based on the hire date throughout the year and it reviews distinguished professorship cases based on when the individual cases are received throughout the year. After the Personnel Committee review level, the cases are then reviewed separately by the Dean and the Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development.

 

NameTitle & DepartmentPhone
Ethan Carr, Co-ChairProfessor - LARP(413) 545-0153
James Heintz, Co-ChairProfessor - Economics(413) 545-6355
Maryann Barakso Associate Professor - Political Science(413) 545-4363 
Dan ClawsonProfessor - Sociology(413) 545-5974
Nicholas McBrideAssociate Professor - Journalism(413) 545-5921
Angela de OliveiraAssociate Professor - Resource Economics(413) 545-5716
Ventura PérezAssociate Professor - Anthropology(413) 577-0662

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Graduate Directors Council

The Graduate Directors Council coordinates Methods course offerings and works together to support the SBS graduate student experience.

 

NameDepartment/ProgramPhone
Betsy KrauseAnthropology(413) 577-1205
Leda CooksCommunication(413) 545-2895

Mwangi wa Githinji

Economics(413) 545-0739
Ethan Carr

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)

(413) 545-0153
Henry RenskiPhD Regional Planning(413) 545-6638

Mark Hamin

Master of Regional Planning (MRP)(413) 545-6608
Ellen PaderMRP/law dual degree(413) 545-6620
Robert RyanMRP/MLA dual degree program(413) 545-6633
Tatishe NtetaPolitical Science(413) 545-3546

Lee Badgett 
Satu Zoller

School of Public Policy and Administration(413) 545-3162
(413) 545-2714
John SpraggonResource Economics(413) 545-6651
Joya MisraSociology(413) 545-3577
Clare HammondsLabor Studies(413) 545-0577
Jen Lundquist, ChairAssociate Dean for Faculty Development(413) 545-5977

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Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee is charged with enhancing and improving instruction and student learning in SBS.

 

NameTitle & DepartmentPhone
Krista HarperAnthropology(413) 577-0661
Benjamin BaileyCommunication(413) 545-2522
Gerald FriedmanEconomics(413) 545-2590
Razvan SibiiJournalism(413) 545-5926
Patricia McGirrLARP & Sustainable Community Development(413) 545-6621
Paul CollinsPolitical Science - Legal Studies(413) 545-4079
Jesse RhodesPolitical Science(413) 545-6185
M.J. AlhabeebResource Economics(413) 545-5010
Carolyn BassettSBS Exploratory Track(413) 577-1057

Satu Zoller

School of Public Policy(413) 545-2714
Jonathan Wynn​Sociology(413) 545-4073
Graciela MonteagudoSTPEC(413) 545-0043
Julie CaswellAssociate Dean for Education and Student Development(413) 577-1203

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Dean's Research Council

The Dean's Research Council organizes the Social Science Matters speaker series annually. The Council also offers two categories of grants to support research each year. A strong preference is given to generating a new research project or a new direction within an existing project. Priority in most cases is given to those projects that are likely to lead to external foundation or government funding; however, SBS also supports high-quality, meritorious research for which opportunities for extramural funding are limited. All ranks of tenure track faculty and lecturers whose major responsibilities include research are eligible to apply to both categories. 

 

NameTitle & Department
Laurel Smith-Doerr, Co-chairDirector of ISSR
Naomi Gerstel, Co-chairActing Associate Dean for Research
Benjamin BaileyProfessor - Communication
Josh BraunAssociate Professor - Journalism
Jason KamilarAssociate Professor - Anthropology
Larry KingProfessor - Economics
Emily WangAssistant Professor - Resource Economics
Kevin YoungAssociate Professor - Political Science

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Task Force on Student Success and Advising

Associate Dean for Education and Student Development Julie Caswell is leading a group of faculty and staff to review and recommend changes to student success and advising programs college-wide. This includes development of the SBS Academic Advisor/Faculty Mentor advising model, the SBS Advising Resource Center, and the SBS Pathways approach to promoting student success. 

 

NameTitle & DepartmentPhone
Julie Caswell, chairAssociate Dean for Education and Student Development(413) 577-1203
Carolyn BassettAssistant Dean & Executive Director of the Advising Resource Center(413) 577-1057
Vanessa BlaisAssociate Director, SBS Advising Resource Center​(413) 577-1057
Jackie Brousseau-PereiraAcademic Dean & Director of First Year Seminars(413) 545-3519
Diane CurtisDirector of Pre-Law Advising(413) 577-0396
Adrian GraceChief Undergraduate Advisor, Political Science & Legal Studies​(413)545-5880
Lynn PhillipsDirector of Academic Engagement and Student Success(413) 545-3539

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Dean's Student Advisory Council 2017-18

 

Student MembersMajorClass of
Mica ReelAnthropology2018
Horizon StarwoodAnthropology2020
Casey LyonsCommunication2019
Emma TavolieriCommunication2018
Noah KouchekiniaEconomics2019
Joshua WeinsteinEconomics2018
Sarah JacobsJournalism2020
Talya SogobaJournalism2018
Maura RobitailleLandscape Architecture2020
Meaghan TrethewayLandscape Architecture2019
Margaret MendozaLegal Studies2020
Rosario Naranjo-Zarate Legal Studies2019
Viviana Angel-CruzPolitical Science2019
Ahmad BakrinPolitical Science2020
Jonathan AstorResource Economics2019
Tanvi BadrinathResource Economics2020
Rachel StromSBS Exploratory Track2021
Sarah ChappellSocial Thought & Political Economy2018
Ashley EversonSocial Thought & Political Economy2020
Kyanna Harris-Hairston Sociology2019
May NguyenSociology2021
Christian AppiaSustainable Community Development2018
Cobi FrongilloPublic Policy & Management2019
Hadiya Williams Public Policy & Management2019
Dean's Office Members  
John HirdDean 
Julie CaswellAssociate Dean for Education & Student Development
Lynn PhillipsDirector of Academic Engagement & Student Success