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Association Deans

To facilitate academic advising, every student is placed in an advising "Association." Your Association Dean's primary responsibility is to advise you on academic matters and refer you to the various agencies and offices the University has established to assist you. Do not hesitate to call on your Dean.

Each of the Association Deans schedules office hours in Monroe Hall, and the College staff will be happy to arrange an appointment for you. Below, you can learn more about your Association Dean.

The Associate Dean for Academic Programs is Dean Rachel Most.

The Association Deans

With the exception of Echols Scholars, Students Athletes and Transfer Students, whose Dean is determined by their affiliation in one of these groups, your Dean is determined by your first-year housing assignment (see below). The College deans and staff are located in Monroe Hall.

Buildings marked with an asterisk house new students; all other buildings have been demolished and consist only of upper-class students.

Note: Beverly Adams is on research leave for the fall 2014 semester. Please call 434-924-3351 to find out which dean to contact in her absence.

Association Dean Association Dean
Balz Shawn Lyons Johnson Richard McGuire
Balz-Dobie* Shawn Lyons Kellogg* Abigail Holeman
Bonnycastle* Shilpa Davé Kent* Richard McGuire
Brown College* Christine Zunz Lefevre* Christine Zunz
Casteen Scholars Karlin Luedtke Lile Beverly Adams
Cauthen* Beverly Adams Lile-Maupin* Shilpa Davé
Courtenay Sandra Seidel Malone Karlin Luedtke
Dabney* Mark Hadley Maupin Shawn Lyons
Dillard* Kirt von Daacke Metcalf* Christine Zunz
Dobie Richard McGuire Page* Richard McGuire
Dunglison Sandra Seidel Shannon* Karlin Luedtke
Dunnington Beverly Adams Student Athletes Karlin Luedtke (Olympic Sports)
Rachel Most (Football, Men and Women's Basketball)
Echols House* Mark Hadley Transfer Students Frank Papovich
Echols Scholars Sarah Cole Tuttle Beverly Adams
Emmet* Richard McGuire Tuttle-Dunnington* Sandra Seidel
Fitzhugh* Sandra Seidel Visiting International Students Sandra Seidel
Gooch* Shawn Lyons Watson Shawn Lyons
Hancock* Shilpa Davé Watson-Webb* Kirt von Daacke
Hereford College* Abigail Holeman Webb Shawn Lyons
Humphreys* Mark Hadley Weedon Christine Zunz
International Residential College* Sandra Seidel Woody* Beverly Adams
 

Meet the Deans


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Beverly Adams

Associate Professor and Assistant Dean
Department of Psychology

434-924-3353
bca5y@virginia.edu
269 C Monroe Hall

B.A., Spelman College
M.A., University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

The focus of my graduate work was the psychological examination of syntactic ambiguity at the sentence level. My post-doctoral research (becoming expert in eye-tracking equipment in sentence processing) was continued at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst, MA). I also studied language processing at THE NIAS: The Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (Wassanaar and Leiden, Holland, The Netherlands). I have been a faculty member in the Psychology Department at the University of Virginia and Randolph-Macon Woman's College.

My current research interests include continuing basic science research in the psychology of language (syntactic ambiguity), examining factors that contribute to the decline of physical and mental health in strong black women, and exploring how ubiquitous electronic computing has changed face-to-face communication. I am a member of the Virginia Psychological Association (VPA), serving two terms as secretary of the statewide executive board, and also an executive board member of the Virginia Social Sciences Association (VSSA).


Sarah Cole

Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean; Department of English

434-924-3350
src2j@virginia.edu
203 Monroe Hall

B.A., Bryn Mawr College
M.A., Columbia University
Ph.D., Columbia University

As an Association Dean, I advise Echols Scholars about academic plans, career goals, and any other questions about life at U.Va. and beyond. I also serve as Assistant Director of the Echols Scholars program, working together with the Director and the Echols Council to plan academic and community programming.

My academic field is English and Comparative Literature. In my teaching and research, I focus on nineteenth-century British literature, gender studies, and concepts of national and ethnic identity in modern Europe.  My Ph.D. dissertation examined the genre of the Bildungsroman (novel of education) in nineteenth-century Britain, and my recent publications explore topics such as British literary responses to the French Revolution of 1848. Before coming to U.Va., I taught in the History and Literature program at Harvard University and also served in several advising positions, including Acting Resident Dean of Dudley House at Harvard College. At U.Va., I look forward to teaching courses in the English Department and to supporting the academic progress of students in the Echols Scholars program.


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Shilpa Davé

Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean
Department of Media Studies; American Studies

(434) 924-8873
ssd5q@virginia.edu
268 Monroe Hall

B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A.,  University of Michigan
PhD., University of Michigan

As an Association Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, I advise and assist students in their curriculum planning, academic goals, and career aspirations.

I research and teach about representations of race and gender in media and popular culture, American cultural narratives of immigration and border crossings, comparative American studies including Asian American and South Asian American Studies, and film, television, and literary studies. My book, Indian Accents: Brown Voice and Racial Performance in American Television and Film (University of Illinois Press 2013), focuses on representations of South Asians in American film and television. I am also the co-editor of the collection East Main Street: Asian American Popular Culture (NYU Press 2005) that is an interdisplinary collection of essays that examine Asian influences in the U.S. cultural landscape. I have also written on topics ranging from teaching Asian American Studies to "Apu's Brown Voice: Cultural Inflection and South Asian Accents," to the comic series Spider-Man India, and Model Minorities and the Spelling Bee.


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Mark Hadley

Associate Professor and Assistant Dean
Department of Religious Studies

434-924-8873
mah2ar@virginia.edu
208 Monroe Hall

B.A., Reed College
M.A., University of Chicago
Ph.D., Brown University

As an Association Dean I have enjoyed working with College students to meet their academic advising needs. U.Va. students come from a wonderfully diverse set of backgrounds, but all are bright, inquisitive, and responsible. My main advice to students is to pursue what you love and success will follow. Liberal arts education is not training for a particular career path, but is an education for life. The skills that you will learn here to reason critically, think creatively, communicate clearly, research deeply, and work collaboratively will serve you in whatever endeavors you will pursue.

As a professor of Religious Studies, both here and elsewhere for nearly twenty years, I love to teach, and I have taught a range of courses in modern religious thought, social ethics, and comparative philosophy of religion. My current teaching and research interests have two foci, the American legacy of philosophy and religious thought and the African-American tradition of social criticism. The former focus is addressed in my course, RELC 3222: Protestants and Pragmatists, which explores the contrasts and connections among American thinkers including Edwards, Jefferson, Emerson, James, Niebuhr, Baldwin, and King. The latter focus is addressed in AAS/RELG 3200: Martin, Malcolm, and America, which examines the legacy of social protest from the early abolitionists to the Civil Rights Movement. I also enjoy teaching a similarly themed University Seminar or USEM for first year students, Religion and Race in Black America. My most recent writing has explored the religious dimensions of American pragmatic philosophy.

I have been happily married for twenty plus years to my wife, Leslie McPherson, a clinical social worker. We have two children, a son in college and a daughter in high school. I enjoy running, exploring the outdoors, listening to jazz, and traveling.


Abigail Holeman
Interim Assistant Dean

434-924-3353
alh3f@virginia.edu
204 Monroe Hall

B.A., University of Arizona
M.A., University of Virginia
Ph.D., University of Virginia
As an Assistant Dean I provide students with advice and assistance with their academic choices as they progress through the college experience. I enjoy talking with students about their goals both in college and beyond to help them get the most out of their UVa experience.

As an archaeologist I study Native American ritual and religion in northern Mexico and the U.S. Southwest, as well as trade/exchange and production. I have conducted research in many locations, but most of my work focuses on the late Prehistoric era in northern Chihuahua, Mexico. I have taught several courses including Introduction to Archaeology, Ritual and Power in Prehistory, and Ancient Maya, Aztec, Mixtec, and Zapotec: Peoples of Mesoamerica. I also worked with a large collaborative team to create the Chaco Research Archive, the most comprehensive on-line resource for archival material pertaining to the archaeology of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.


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Karlin Luedtke

Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean
Department of Studies in Women and Gender

434-924-8864
kl5k@virginia.edu
264 Monroe Hall

B.A., Mount Holyoke College
M.A., University of Virginia
Ph.D., University of Virginia

As an Association Dean I advise and provide assistance to students as they progress through their academic careers. I also serve as the Director of Student Academic Support and the Transition Program and coordinate academic support programs and services for students in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Since 1996 I have been affiliated with the Women, Gender and Sexuality Program (WGS) and teach several of the required courses for the major and minor including Introduction to Gender Studies and Feminist Theory.


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Shawn Lyons

Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

434-924-8873
stl8m@virginia.edu

206 Monroe Hall

B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A., University of Washington
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

While serving as an Association Dean, I also teach in the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures. My courses are on the history of Central Asia. Before arriving in Charlottesville, I was an assistant dean at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I also earned my Ph.D. in Central Asian studies. I previously received my master’s degree in Middle Eastern studies from the University of Washington--Seattle. I continue to be interested in early 20th-century Uzbek literature. In recent years, I’ve tried to write poetry and fiction.


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Richard R. McGuire

Associate Professor and Assistant Dean
Department of Media Studies

434-924-3350
rrm6m@virginia.edu
201 D Monroe Hall

B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo
M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo
Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo

As an Association Dean, I spend much of my day talking with students about their academic and post-graduation plans, academic strategies, study abroad, balancing extracurricular activities and other topics that may contribute to the richness of their University experience. I, like all of the Deans am always available to discuss problems, and we are fortunate to have the opportunity to engage students about a broad range of ideas; to provide them with good listeners and to stimulate their intellectual curiosity.

Prior to coming to the University I was a tenured member of the faculty of the State University of New York College at Brockport, where I taught courses in the Department of Philosophy and also served as Director of Interdisciplinary Humanities for the Alternate College. I held National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships in History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and in Philosophy at Boston University. I have taught courses here at the University of Virginia in the Political and Social Thought Program, Rhetoric and Communications and the Department of Sociology. In recent years I have taught a course on Media Ethics and another on Issues and Controversies in Media in the Department of Media Studies. I am particularly interested in the role of media in participatory democracies, and my approach is decidedly interdisciplinary. When I am away from the University my interests range widely from reading and photography to extensive travel in Southeast Asia.


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Rachel Most

Associate Dean for Academic Programs/Professor
Department of Anthropology

434-924-8873
rm5f@virginia.edu
266 Monroe Hall

B.A., Temple University
M.A., Arizona State University
Ph.D., Arizona State University

I currently serve as the Associate for Undergraduate Academic Programs in the College and as the academic/Association Dean for student athletes in the sports of football and basketball. I also teach a range of archaeology classes in the Department of Anthropology (e.g., Unearthing the Past (ANTH 2890); Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (ANTH 4870/7870); The Prehistory and History of the Puebloan Southwest (ANTH 2559) - a summer class in which I travel with students across Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado (this is team taught with a colleague from PVCC). I have also taught a USEM on the collapse of prehistoric and historic societies. My primary research interests are concerned with the study of change over time in prehistoric economic and settlement systems. I am particularly interested in the impact of the adoption of agricultural strategies by foraging societies, the role of hunting in emergent complex societies, lithic analysis and the so-called "collapse" of prehistoric societies. My field research has been primarily in the American Southwest (where I worked in the Mogollon Rim area (Pinedale/Snowflake) and southern desert areas of Arizona); I have also done fieldwork in Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

In whatever spare time I have I enjoy spending time with my kids and friends, swimming (I swam competitively for Temple University), walking/hiking, and travelling back to the American Southwest.


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Frank Papovich

Professor and Assistant Dean
Department of English

434-924-3350
jp@virginia.edu
201 B Monroe Hall

B.A., Fort Lewis College
M.A., University of Virginia
Ph.D., University of Virginia

I have had the pleasure to work with transfer students in the College for over twenty years. I advocate for various transfer concerns within the University and coordinate issues regarding both domestic and study-abroad transfer credit. As the Association Dean for transfers, I monitor students’ satisfactory academic progress toward the degree and am available to confer about issues that impede that progress. In addition, I collaborate with the office manager in supervising College staff in Monroe Hall.

When not occupied with the business of the College in Monroe Hall, I enjoy teaching American literature in the English department, specializing in Literature of the American West.


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Sandra Seidel

Associate Professor and Assistant Dean
Department of Biology

434-924-3350
ss5yr@virginia.edu
269 B Monroe Hall

B.S., William and Mary
M.E., University of Virginia
Ph.D., University of Virginia

Wise students visit an academic dean to obtain accurate information and to seek advice. Visits may include a discussion about course selection, choices of majors and minors, study abroad, internship and undergraduate research opportunities, graduate and professional school interests. I encourage students to visit my office to seek information and advice regarding anything on their minds that they wish to give voice to. I am also interested in the extracurricular activities and avocations of students as well. I also serve as the Director of Studies to the International Residential College (IRC) and have an office in Mary Munford where students may meet with me. My favorite time of year is when I get to greet incoming first years during Summer Orientation.

In the fall semester I teach BIOL 1210: Human Biology and Disease, a course designed for non-science majors which discusses practical applications related to human anatomy, physiology and disease. The College Advising Seminar, COLA: What Makes Us Tick, discusses cardiovascular physiology and topics related to academic advising.

I enjoy walking, petting my two cats Duke and Kitty, and listening and dancing to live music in many Charlottesville venues. Mindfulness practices are incorporated into my teaching and advising as I continue grow in my own yoga and meditation practices. My office abounds with plants and books and positive energy; please do not hesitate to visit so that we may get to know one another during your years at UVa.


 
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Kirt von Daacke

Associate Professor and Assistant Dean
Department of History

434-924-3353
kv2h@virginia.edu
202 Monroe Hall

B.A., University of Virginia
M.A., The Johns Hopkins University
Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University

My research centers upon social constructions of race, community social hierarchies, and identity in eighteenth and nineteenth century America. I am especially fascinated with studying the complex interplay of race and culture in the antebellum South. My first book, Freedom Has a Face: Race, Identity, and Community in Jefferson’s Albemarle, 1780-1865, came out with the University of Virginia Press in 2012. I have also begun research for a second book-length project examining the history of a nineteenth century interracial island fishing community in coastal Maine. Additionally, I am very excited to be co-chairing the UVa President’s Commission on Slavery and the University. Those scholarly interests grew out of my experience as an undergraduate history major here at the University of Virginia, where so many of my professors challenged and inspired me as a thinker and scholar both inside and outside the classroom. I am very excited to have returned to UVa and to have the opportunity to guide current University students as they discover and pursue their own academic interests.


 
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Christine Zunz

Lecturer and Assistant Dean/Foreign Language Coordinator
Department of French

434-924-3353
cmz9m@virginia.edu
270 Monroe Hall

B.A., University of Michigan

I was born in Brittany (Rennes, France) and grew up in Liège (Belgium). After receiving a Commerce degree with a focus on foreign languages (Dutch, German, English), I moved to Paris and worked for the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development), an international organization helping governments tackle the economic, social and governance challenges of a globalised economy.

I moved to the United States in August 1973. I was married and was a mother. I seized the opportunity to be in an outstanding university to fulfill a long time dream and to pursue my education at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), which I attended with a fellowship from the Center for the Continuing Education of Women. I received a BA with Distinction High Honors in Psychology in May 1976. Our second child was born on July 5th, 1976, one day after the bicentennial and two months after my graduation.

The entire family moved to Charlottesville in 1978. Since then, I have held several positions: editorial assistant (1979-1989) for theFrench XX Bibliography: A Bibliography for the Study of French Literature and Culture Since 1885; lecturer in the French department (1987-present); director of the French House (1988-2008); and assistant dean in the College of Arts & Sciences (1990-present). In 2002, I was awarded the medal of Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite by the French Government.

I have been enjoying every opportunity that has been given to me at the University of Virginia. My interests for foreign languages and psychology combined with the international journey that started years ago have helped me understand, help, and advise undergraduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences. I enjoy teaching French grammar, reading Belgian mystery novelist Georges Simenon, and seeing students in my office every day.