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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 Undergraduate 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.

Association Dean Association Dean
Balz-Dobie Shawn Lyons Hereford College Shawn Lyons
Bonnycastle Shilpa Davé Humphreys Mark Hadley
Brown College Christine Zunz International Residential College Sandra Seidel
Cauthen Beverly Adams Kellogg TBD
Courtenay Sandra Seidel Kent TBD
Dabney Mark Hadley Lefevre Christine Zunz
Dillard Erin Eaker Lile-Maupin Shilpa Davé
Dunglison Sandra Seidel Metalf Christine Zunz
Dunnington Beverly Adams Page Kirt von Daacke
Echols House Mark Hadley Shannon Karlin Luedtke
Echols Scholars Sarah Cole Student Athletes Rachel Most & Karlin Luedtke
Emmet Kirt von Daacke Transfer Students Frank Papovich
Fitzhugh Sandra Seidel Tuttle-Dunnington Sandra Seidel
Gibbons Kirt von Daacke Visting International Students Sandra Seidel
Gooch Shawn Lyons Watson-Webb Erin Eaker
Hancock Shilpa Davé Woody Beverly Adams

Meet the Deans


Beverly Adams

Associate Professor and Assistant Dean
Department of Psychology

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

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) 924-3350
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.

Erin Eaker

Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean
Department of Philosophy

(434) 924-3353
201-D Monroe Hall

My research interests are in Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Biology and Environmental Philosophy. I think a lot about the concepts of nature and human nature: How do the biological sciences help us understand ourselves and our relation to the rest of the natural world? I also think a lot about beliefs: What are we doing when we ascribe beliefs to ourselves and others? What are legitimate ways of forming beliefs? How should people navigate perceived conflicts between their religious beliefs and the consensus of the scientific community? I try to address these abstract issues in a concrete and timely way in some of my classes where we might, e.g., dissect political debates about anthropogenic climate change or childhood vaccinations; explore evolutionary explanations for human behavior; or discuss the role of science and values in economic, environmental and public health policy.

As an Association Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, I enjoy getting to know students and advising them as they carve their unique paths through the University. I also teach in the Department of Philosophy, where I might be found teaching a course on the Philosophy of Language, Biology, or the Environment. 


Mark Hadley

Associate Professor and Assistant Dean
Department of Religious Studies

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.


Karlin Luedtke

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

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.


Shawn Lyons

Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean
Department of Middle Eastern Studies


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.


Rachel Most

Associate Dean for Academic Programs/Professor
Department of Anthropology

266 Monroe Hall

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

I currently serve as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs in the College and as the Academic Dean for students in the sports of football and men and women's basketball. In addition, I teach archaeology classes in the Department of Anthropology. I regularly teach Unearthing the Past (ANTH 2890) during January Term, Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (ANTH 4870/7870) and a summer class (ANTH 2589) 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, yoga and travelling back to the American Southwest.


Frank Papovich

Professor and Assistant Dean
Department of English

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.


Sandra Seidel

Associate Professor and Assistant Dean
Department of Biology

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.


Kirt von Daacke

Associate Professor and Assistant Dean
Department of History

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.


Christine Zunz

Lecturer and Assistant Dean/Foreign Language Coordinator
Department of French

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.