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II. Office of the Dean of the Faculty

William Hoynes, Dean of the Faculty
Kathleen Susman, Associate Dean of the Faculty, Professor of Biology and Director of the Learning, Teaching and Research Center 
Melissa Naitza, Assistant Dean for Academic Administration
Erica Leman, Assistant Director of Academic Administration

Office: Main Building, first floor, north wing (M-N104, x5300)
Office of the Dean of the Faculty website

The dean of the faculty is the chief academic officer of the college and oversees all matters pertaining to educational policies and procedures, the curriculum, academic departments, and the faculty. Chairs of the departments of instruction and directors of other academic programs are responsible to the dean of the faculty, as are the director of equal opportunity and affirmative action, director of copyright management, and the faculty director of the learning and teaching center. Also under the jurisdiction of the dean of the faculty are the offices of grants administration, community-engaged learning, international programs, and the registrar. The dean of the faculty also oversees the learning and teaching center and, in concert with the dean of strategic planning and academic resources, the exploring transfer program. The dean of the faculty is the chair of the Committee on Curricular Policies and the Grants Group.

Members of the faculty may consult the dean at any time, ordinarily by appointment. The staff of the office provides information about procedures and rules that affect faculty members.

The associate dean and the director of academic administration support the dean in various administrative tasks.

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Research Development

Katie Hite, Director

Office: Rockefeller Hall (RH-410, x7661,

The faculty director offers support for all stages of a research project, including formulating the project, identifying funding sources, applying for grants, and publishing. Much of the time, these services take the form of consultations between the director and individual scholars. Occasionally, in addition, the director brings together groups of faculty with related research interests or at similar career stages to discuss issues of mutual concern. The Faculty Directors of Research and Teaching Development offer collaborative workshops to assist faculty to identify creative ways to integrate teaching and research. Together with the Committee on Research, the Grants Office, and the Director of the LTRC, the Faculty Director of Research Development facilitates the research activities of faculty at all stages in their careers. Assistance and advice provided during consultations are confidential and are not connected to College evaluation processes.


Teaching Development

Maria Hantzopoulus, Director

Office: Sanders Hall (SH-201, x5638,

The faculty director offers a wide range of support for faculty members. The Early Career Faculty Teaching Seminar sponsors discussions about pedagogy designed to help new faculty make the transition to Vassar’s teaching and learning culture. The LTRC holds additional discussions and workshops for faculty throughout the year on such topics as teaching a first-year writing seminar, using technology in the classroom, grading effectively, creating a teaching portfolio, and valuing diversity in the classroom.


Office of Community-Engaged Learning

Lisa Kaul, Director

Office: Main Building, first floor, south wing (M-S166, x5280)
Office of Commumity-Engaged Learning website

The Office of Community-Engaged Learning supervises credit-bearing student work off campus. Through the office, students undertake for-credit internships in a variety of organizations and agencies in the local community and in the Hudson region from New York City to Albany where they have learning opportunities that are not ordinarily available in the classroom. Community-engaged learning is supervised by a faculty member who evaluates the merit of the proposed community-engaged learning, determines the amount of credit given, and decides upon the academic requirements for the awarding of credit. More information is available in the Vassar College Catalogue.


Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

Jeffrey Schneider, Faculty Director of Affirmative Action and Associate Professor of German Studies
Rachel Periera, Director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action and Title IX Officer
Brittney Denley, Title IX Investigator and Assistant Director of Equal Opportunity

Office: Main Building, first floor, south wing (M-S182 x7924)
Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action website

Vassar College is strongly committed to providing a working a learning environment free from discrimination and harassment, and provides employees and students who feel they are victims with mechanisms for seeking redress. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action has overall responsibility for the administration of Vassar’s equal opportunity and affirmative action policies and programs and the College’s Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment. In the performance of their duties, the EO/AA officers are responsible to the president. Members of the College community may contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action to inquire about their rights under Vassar’s policies, seek advice and receive information about support resources, informal mechanisms of redress or formal grievance procedures to address a specific situation involving alleged discrimination, harassment, or sexual harassment. Vassar is obligated to investigate every reported discrimination and harassment complaint in a timely manner. The degree and extent of an investigation by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action depends on whether the complainant wishes to pursue informal or formal courses of actions. Confidentiality for all parties is respected to the extent possible.


Grants Office

Christine Johnson, Assistant Dean for Grants Development and Administration
Gary Hohenberger, Director of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations
Amanda L. Thornton, Director of Grants Administration
Michal Woodbridge, Director of Grants Accounting

Office: Main Building, first floor, north wing (M-N111 x 5490)
Grants Office website

The director of corporate, foundation and government relations and the director of grants administration are co-directors of the grants office. The office supports all stages and aspects of the grant process. For further information consult the grants office handbook available online and in the grants office.


International Programs

Kerry M. Stamp, Director of International Programs

Office:  Main Building, first floor, north wing (M-N173, x5260)
International Programs website

The Office of International Programs coordinates Vassar’s education abroad programs. These include Vassar-directed programs (England, France, Costa Rica, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Russia, and Spain) as well as approved programs sponsored by other colleges and a number of international exchange programs. Students apply for permission to study abroad, and their applications are reviewed by the Committee on Leaves and Privileges.


Learning, Teaching, and Research Center

Kathleen Susman, Director, Associate Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Biology
Matthew Schultz, Director of the Writing Center
Heather Gould, Director of the Quantitative Reasoning Center
Maria Hantzopoulus, Director of Faculty Teaching Development and Associate Professor of Education
Katherine Hite, Director of Faculty Research Development and Professor of Political Science on the Frederick Ferris Thompson Chair

Office: Library, (LI-122, x5957)
Learning, Teaching, and Research Center website

The Learning, Teaching, and Research Center (LTRC) is dedicated to addressing the needs of Vassar’s diverse student body. Its goal is to enable students to maximize their unique educational experiences at Vassar College. The LTRC provides an extensive range of academic resources that foster the fundamental aim of a liberal arts education: to facilitate the intellectual and professional growth of ethical, informed, and reflective students who can engage creatively with important social issues. The LTRC houses a peer-staffed Writing Center and Quantitative Reasoning Center, including a Supplemental Instruction Program for select quantitative analysis (QA) courses. The LTRC also offers expert learning support with a focus on developing individual academic skills.


Registrar’s Office

Colleen Mallet, Registrar/Director of Academic Records and Research
Kathleen Giblin, Associate Registrar

Office: Main Building, first floor, north wing (M-N118, x5270)
Registrar's Office website

The Registrar is responsible for the official records of all students, past and present. The office is also responsible for the schedule of classes, registration procedures, examination schedules, and the assignment of classroom space.

The Registrar may be consulted about general requirements of the curriculum, academic regulations, enrollment statistics, registration, and student schedules. Student registration is now done mostly on line. Current course data, including class rosters, departmental enrollments, and advisee’s schedules, are available through the on-line network.