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Jean Baum

Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Education

Jean Baum

Jean Baum, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, pursues a research program in molecular biophysics placed at the nexus of science and human health, breaking new ground on illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease. Since 2013, she has served as Vice Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, which includes overseeing the graduate program, and is currently treasurer for the Protein Society. 

As Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Education, she oversees the school’s research and graduate programs, including all centers, institutes, and partnerships. She also serves as a liaison to both internal and external partners, working across public, private, and non-profit sectors to build support for research and graduate education excellence at the School of Arts and Sciences.

Michelle Stephens

Dean of Humanties

michelle stephensMichelle Ann Stephens serves on the faculty of both the English and the Latino and Caribbean Studies departments, teaching courses in American, African American, black diaspora, and Caribbean literature and culture. At Rutgers since 2011, she has served as chair, interim associate undergraduate director, and associate graduate director for English and as undergraduate director in Latino and Caribbean Studies. As Area Dean, she works with department chairs in the Humanities and the Executive Dean to assist with hiring and promotion of faculty, maintain oversight of undergraduate and graduate instruction within departments and programs, and work with faculty and chairs to promote professional and departmental development. She also participates in the strategic planning and decision-making process of the School of Arts and Sciences providing recommendations and assistance to the Executive Dean.

Richard Schroeder

Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Schroeder Rick Geography 240x360 Vert IMG 9095Richard "Rick" Schroeder, Professor of Geography, is a trained geographer with specialties in political ecology, development studies and African studies. At Rutgers since 1993 and Chair from 2011-2015, his newest book, Africa After Apartheid: South Africa, Race, and Nation in Tanzania, was awarded the Association of American Geographers’ Meridian Book Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work in Geography, 2012. As Area Dean, he works with department chairs in the Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Executive Dean to assist with hiring and promotion of faculty, maintain oversight of undergraduate and graduate instruction within departments and programs, and work with faculty and chairs to promote professional and departmental development. He also participates in the strategic planning and decision-making process of the School of Arts and Sciences providing recommendations and assistance to the Executive Dean.

Kenneth Breslauer

Dean of Life Sciences, Vice President for Health Science Partnerships

ken breslauer largeKen Breslauer is the Linus C. Pauling Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology; his laboratory focuses on the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic protocols to address a broad range of biomedical challenges, including cancer and neurodegenerative disorders. As Dean of Life Sciences and Vice President for Health Science Partnerships, he works with leaders in the life sciences throughout the university, the medical school, the state, and the region to establish partnerships that position Rutgers at the cutting edge of clinically relevant biomedical research.  With departmental chairs and directors, he provides oversight for the recruitment, hiring, mentoring, promotion, and retention of faculty and staff critical to the tripartite university missions of research, education, and service. He also participates in the strategic planning and decision-making process of the School of Arts and Sciences providing recommendations and assistance to the Executive Dean.

JoAnne Williams

Vice Dean for Administration

JoAnne Williams 240x360 Img8376As Vice Dean of Administration, JoAnne Williams brings extensive expertise in financial planning and budget administration, information technology, human resources, and administrative services to the School of Arts and Sciences. She is responsible under the Executive Dean for fiscal planning and administrative services and oversees the work of the Office of Human Resources, the Office of Finance and Business Affairs, and the Office of Information Technology. In addition, JoAnne has responsibility for the School's facilities-related matters, including renovations and capital projects.

Peter March

Executive Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences

Peter MarchPeter March, a mathematician with 16 years of experience as an academic administrator, assumed the post of executive dean of the School of Arts and Sciences July 1, 2014.

March was on the faculty at The Ohio State University from 1988 until 2014 and served as chair of the department of mathematics from 1998 until 2006. From 2003 to 2005, he also served as an Associate Director of the Mathematical Biosciences Institute, an NSF-funded mathematical sciences research institute based at Ohio State. A specialist in probability theory, he directed the division of mathematical sciences at the National Science Foundation from 2006 to 2010. He returned to Ohio State in 2010 as divisional dean of natural and mathematical sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences.

"Because of his experience as an educator, a dean, and an administrator at the National Science Foundation, Peter March understands better than anyone how research is envisioned, carried through, and supported," said Richard L. Edwards, executive vice president for academic affairs at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and chancellor of Rutgers University–New Brunswick. "Peter’s experience will be particularly valuable to Rutgers and the School of Arts and Sciences at this time of transition and growth. In addition, Peter’s deep understanding of the Big Ten will make him better able to build strong partnerships with our new colleagues across the Committee on Institutional Cooperation." Since July 1, 2013, Rutgers has been a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), the nation’s premier higher education consortium of top-tier research institutions. The 15-member CIC comprises Big Ten members plus the University of Chicago.

March is a graduate of Dalhousie University in Canada and he earned his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. He taught at New York University, McGill University and Carleton University before coming to Ohio State in 1988. Currently, he serves on the Committee on Science Policy of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and as Chair of the U.S. National Committee for Mathematics, the formal representative of the United States to the International Mathematical Union.

Tracy Elliott

Associate Vice President for Development

Tracy ElliotAssociate Vice President for Development, Tracy Elliott arrived at Rutgers in 2005 and served as the Assistant Chancellor for Development at Rutgers-Camden, Senior Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations, and Director of Development for the Zimmerli Art Museum. As Associate Vice President, she is responsible for overseeing SAS development efforts, raising private support for the school’s departments, centers, bureaus, and institutes. She leads the development team for SAS, working closely with the Executive Dean, the SAS directors of development, and the Rutgers Foundation. As the link between the philanthropic interests of alumni and friends and the needs of the school, the SAS Development Office secures resources necessary to enhance academics, support research, and enrich the learning environment at Rutgers.

Ronald Ransome

Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Ronald RansomeRonald Ransome, Professor of Physics, is an experimental nuclear physicist with a research emphasis on studies of the internal structure of the nucleon using neutrinos and electrons as probes.  At Rutgers since 1985, he served as Graduate Director from 2005-2010 and as Chair from 2010-2013. As Area Dean since 2013, he works with department chairs in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) and the Executive Dean to assist with hiring and promotion of faculty, maintain oversight of undergraduate and graduate instruction within departments and programs, and work with faculty and chairs to promote professional and departmental development. Dean Ransome participates in the strategic planning and decision-making process of the School of Arts and Sciences providing recommendations and assistance to the Executive Dean. Dean Ransome served as Acting Vice Dean of Administration from July 2014 through August 2015, responsible under the Executive Dean for fiscal planning and administrative services and overseeing the work of the Office of Policy and Personnel, the Office of Finance and Business Affairs, and the Office of Information Technology. He also had responsibility for the School's facilities-related matters, including renovations and capital projects.

 

 

Kara Donaldson

Associate Dean for Planning and Communications

Kara DonaldsonAs Associate Dean of Planning and Communications, Kara Donaldson is responsible under the Executive Dean for internal and external communication and long-term planning.  She works with the Executive Dean to develop and implement strategic communications for SAS and is the liaison to University, Media, and Alumni Relations and other Rutgers communications units.  She manages the website, including content and architecture, to maximize its role as both an administrative and a communicative tool, and provides strategic, analytical, and organizational support to the Executive Dean and other members of the Dean’s Office. A graduate of Rutgers University with a Ph.D. in English, she has many years of experience at the university as well as in communications.

Susan Lawrence

Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education

susan lawrence largeA Professor of Political Science, Susan Lawrence is the author of the award-winning book, The Poor in Court: The Legal Services Program and Supreme Court Decision-Making and for her teaching, she received the 2001 FAS Award for Distinguished Contribution to Undergraduate Education. Since 2008, she has been Dean for Educational Initiatives and the Core Curriculum. As Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education, she oversees recruitment, instruction, advising, and academic support for the more than 21,000 undergraduates in the School of Arts and Sciences. She works closely with undergraduate directors in departments and interdisciplinary programs on instructional, curricular, and advising issues for all students, including majors and minors, and with the assistant deans in the Office of Academic Services to provide general advising as well as special programs for first year students, transfer students, and special populations.

James Masschaele

Executive Vice Dean

masschaele james smJim Masschaele, Professor of History, is an accomplished scholar of medieval history with extensive leadership experience. He served six years as director of the Medieval Studies Program, three as undergraduate vice chair of the History Department, and three as department chair.  As Executive Vice Dean, he is responsible under the Executive Dean for all academic programs. He leads strategic initiatives for the Office of the Executive Dean, manages international programs, and facilitates collaboration with other units of the university.

James Swenson

Dean of Humanties

james_swensonJames “Jimmy” Swenson, Associate Professor of French, is a scholar of eighteenth-century literature and intellectual history, and twentieth-century criticism and theory. At Rutgers since 1993, he has served as Undergraduate and Graduate Director and as Chair from 2005–2010. As Area Dean, he works with department chairs in the Humanities and the Executive Dean to assist with hiring and promotion of faculty, maintain oversight of undergraduate and graduate instruction within departments and programs, and work with faculty and chairs to promote professional and departmental development. He also participates in the strategic planning and decision-making process of the School of Arts and Sciences providing recommendations and assistance to the Executive Dean.

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