As the vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, Margaret Gentry is the chief academic officer of the College. Margaret oversees the instructional departments and the curriculum, supervises instructional budgets including grants and equipment, supports faculty members in their scholarly and creative development, and advises the President on academic personnel decisions. She chairs the Academic Council and is a member of the Committee on Academic Policy, the Faculty Committee on Admission and Financial Aid, the Faculty Committee on Budget and Finance, the Committee on the Library and Information Technology, and the Planning Committee. Reporting to the Dean are academic support services, Athletics, Institutional Research, Off-Campus Study, Opportunity Programs, the Registrar and the Wellin Museum. Margaret is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies.
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Associate Deans of Faculty
The Associate Deans of Faculty oversee personnel matters such as recruitment, reappointment, tenure, and promotion procedures, as well as curricular development and review. They also support the pedagogical, scholarly, creative, and administrative development for faculty members, with approval authority for the funding that supports faculty development, including travel, start-up needs, external grants and fellowships, teaching innovation, endowed professorships, and research. The Associate Deans approve speaker requests and oversee student academic support, including Hamilton’s Centers for Writing, Oral Communication, Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning, Languages, and English for Speakers of other Languages.
Onno Oerlemans serves as the Associate Dean for departments and programs in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Physical Education. He also coordinates the FYC program, and serves as the Affirmative Action Officer for the College. Onno is a Professor of Literature.
Penny Yee serves as the Associate Dean for departments and programs in the Arts and Sciences, as well as Art History, Anthropology, Environmental Studies, and Education Studies. She also supports academic advising with the Associate Dean of Students for Academics. Penny is a Professor of Psychology.
In her role as the Director of Academic Finances and Resources, Gill advises the deans, sets policy, and manages the academic financial matters involving personnel, departments, programs and offices. In addition, she provides support and guidance for endowed funds, external grants, and operating budgets. Oversight for the staff and operations of the Dean's office and management of the academic office assistants fall under her scope, as does interfacing with the Business Office and Communications & Development on behalf of the academic division of the college.
Linda Michels collects annual report information, department chair information, processes endowed funding reimbursements, coordinates faculty committee service, updates Faculty Handbook and Red Book, maintains data regarding faculty leave of absences, prepares faculty meeting agendas, processes faculty/student entertainment and faculty travel/support reimbursements, prepares new faculty contract letters, maintains slot tracker and faculty personnel information.
Kelly B. Walton is responsible for administering teaching evaluations each semester, coordinating class and charter day, commencement and convocation awards, maintains master list of faculty offices and carrels, assists Associate Dean Pellman and faculty in searches and processes recruiting expenditures, maintains Associate Dean Pellman’s calendar, and maintains reappointment/tenure/promotion files.