Dean’s Office Staff

College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Office of the Dean
420 Renaissance Park,
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Front Desk 617.373.5173

617.373.xxxx (for extensions listed below)

Dean's Office Staff

Tim Cresswell

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs / ext: 5841

Tim Cresswell, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, works with individuals across the college on mentoring of faculty members as well as on faculty hiring and promotion processes. Cresswell is a professor of history and international affairs and the associate director for public humanities at the Northeastern Humanities Center. A cultural geographer by training, he is the author or editor of eight books on the role of space, place, and mobility in social and cultural life. Cresswell holds PhDs in geography from the University of Wisconsin and in creative writing from Royal Holloway, University of London. Prior to coming to Northeastern in 2012, he was professor of geography at Royal Holloway.

Chris Gallagher

Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning, and Experiential Education / ext: 2193

Chris Gallagher, Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning, and Experiential Education, holds a Ph.D. in writing, teaching, and criticism from University at Albany and a Master’s degree in English from the University of New Hampshire. Joining the Dean’s Office in July 2014, he works with colleagues throughout the college on researching and supporting the undergraduate learning experience; fostering excellence and innovation in teaching; refining curricula and assessment; and strengthening the connections between cutting-edge classroom work and experiential learning. Chris came to Northeastern in 2009 as Professor of English and Writing Program Director. Previously, he was Professor of English and Composition Coordinator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Jack McDevitt

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies / ext: 3482

Jack McDevitt, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, received both his Ph.D. in law, policy and society and his M.A. in public administration from Northeastern University, and his B.A. in political science from Stonehill College. Dr. McDevitt oversees research in the college, including proposal development and the administration of all externally funded research, and leads the college’s graduate programs. He previously led the graduate program in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and headed the development of the Ph.D. in Criminology and Justice Policy. Dr. McDevitt also directs Northeastern’s Institute on Race and Justice where he conducts research on hate crimes, racial profiling, gun violence, and human trafficking.

Matthew Tobin

Associate Dean of Administration and Finance / ext: 8882

Matthew Tobin, Associate Dean of Administration and Finance, holds a M.B.A. from Boston College and a B.S. from Babson College. In his leadership role, he works with colleagues in the college and throughout the university on administrative operations, financial activity, space, and information technology, as well as on setting and implementing strategy for CSSH. Matt arrived to Northeastern in 2015 with over 13 years of experience at Harvard University spanning all parts of the university. Most recently, he worked in Harvard's Office of Financial Strategy and Planning managing a portfolio of schools with a combined annual budget of $1.9 billion and acting as a close adviser to the university's leadership.

Erika Koss

Assistant Dean for Research, Program Development, and Outreach / ext: x6812

Erika Koss, Assistant Dean for Research, Program Development, and Outreach, received her B.S. from the Master’s College and an M.A. from San Diego State University. Her primary duties include creating, managing, and executing the programs for the Dean’s Office; working with faculty members and graduate students on grant or fellowship proposals; and working on the development of further grant, fellowship, and program opportunities for college faculty and students. She has taught literature and writing at several colleges and universities in California and Maryland, most recently the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. From 2005-2010, she worked at the National Endowment for the Arts, where she was a founding member of the creative teams for The Big Read and Poetry Out Loud.

Mary Mello

Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs / ext: 4369

Mary Mello, Assistant Dean for the Undergraduate Academic Affairs, received her M.A. in English at Northeastern University. Mary primarily works with academic advising, admission yield efforts, retention, and cooperative education. Before working as an assistant dean, Mary held several different positions at Northeastern including Director of Academic Student Services for the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, and previously the College of Arts and Sciences.

Amy Killeen

Director of Graduate Student Services / ext: 4366

Amy Killeen, Director of Graduate Student Services, received her M.Ed. in college student development and counseling from Northeastern University and her B.A. in communications from The University of Connecticut. Amy specializes in graduate admissions, recruitment, commencement, academic policy, new degree and course proposals, monitoring student progress, and fulfilling data requests. Amy also volunteers her time at the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts. In 2010, Amy was awarded the Unsung Heroine Award from the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, and has been a past recipient of the President’s Aspiration Award from Northeastern.

Gayle Mackay

Director of Personnel Administration / ext: 4361

Gayle Mackay, Director of Personnel Administration, received both a B.S. in business administration and an MBA from Northeastern University. She oversees all personnel functions for the college, including job postings and hiring; the annual merit process; performance management; personnel training; the tenure, promotion and sabbatical processes; and other personnel activities. She held a similar role in the College of Arts and Sciences following appointments in Human Resources Management and the College of Computer Science.

Leslie Casey

Communications and Digital Strategy Manager / ext: 5427

Leslie Casey, Communications and Digital Strategy Manager, has a B.S. in communication from Boston University, a graduate certificate in business administration from Northeastern University, and is currently pursuing her M.B.A. at Northeastern. She oversees internal and external communication strategy at the Dean’s Office, including coordinating with the Northeastern news team to identify feature news stories and faculty experts for media inquiries and pitches. Leslie is also responsible for the college’s online presence, website development, and new media initiatives. She has held similar roles at the America East Conference and the Boston College Athletics Department.

Melissa Newton

Administrative Assistant / ext: 5173

Melissa Newton, Administrative Assistant, graduated from Northeastern in 2011 with a B.A. in cultural anthropology and a minor in East Asian studies. Her varied background includes work at Bloomberg L. P. as a Japanese Finance Research Analyst, a native English teacher at the Amity English Conversion School in Himeji, and an import operations agent for Panalpina. Melissa is currently in a graduate program at Lesley University studying international higher education and international cultural relations.

Dana Ritter

Finance and Administration Manager / ext: 7625

Dana Ritter, Finance and Administration Manager, oversees all departmental and program budgets, and works closely with the Associate Dean for Administration and Finance to project revenues and expenses. He joined the college in 2014 from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he most recently served as the Chief Financial Manager for the College of Humanities and Fine Arts overseeing general business operations. He worked closely with department chairs and center directors to build and manage annual operating and capital budgets, partnered with the Dean to develop short- and long-term strategic plans, and served on the Chancellor’s Budget Task Force.

Tanya Robinson

Personnel Coordinator / ext: 5201

Tanya Robinson, Personnel Coordinator, received a B.S. in business management from Mount Ida College, a graduate certificate in human resources management from Emmanuel College, and an M.S. in management, with a concentration in human resources management, from Lasell College. She has extensive experience in human resources, and previously worked for MIT and Lasell College before bringing her experience to Northeastern in March, 2014. Tanya handles the part-time faculty hires, extra compensation forms, and all personnel matters for departments in the humanities.

Andrew Scott

Information Systems Coordinator / ext: 5278

Andy Scott, Information Systems Coordinator, has worked at Northeastern University for over 25 years. Andy specializes in keeping computers running up to date and installing software, while also maintaining the network database for the Dean’s Office. Prior to working at Northeastern, Andy worked at Dolby Laboratories researching noise reduction equipment.

David Smikle

Dean’s Executive Assistant / ext: 5164

David Smikle, Executive Assistant to the Dean, received his B.A. in political science from the College of William and Mary and is currently pursuing an MBA at Northeastern University. His primary duties include developing systems to better support the Dean’s administrative responsibilities, managing the Dean’s calendar, and handling special projects. Prior to joining Northeastern, David was a paralegal at Iandoli & Desai, P.C., where he worked with a diverse clientele across a wide spectrum of immigration-related matters.

Veena Teli

Post-Award Grant Specialist / ext: 7498

Veena Teli, Post-Award Grant Specialist, has more than 21 years (with seven years in academia) of combined experience in human resources, recruitment, and office management. She has two master’s degrees: one in statistics and one in computer science. Veena assists CSSH faculty members with all post-award needs such as reviewing, approving, and processing grant modifications, budget reconciliations, and no-cost extensions; maintaining an archive of college research accounts; providing financial projections; and maintaining overhead and start-up accounts. Before joining the CSSH Dean’s Office in March, 2014, Veena worked at Northeastern as an Administrative Coordinator for VOTERS, a NIST grant in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering, since 2011.

CSSH Advancement Team

Carol Giusti-Cahalane

Director of Development / ext: 4792

Carol Giusti-Cahalane, Director of Development, received her B.A. in psychology from Connecticut College. She is responsible for working with alumni who are interested in providing philanthropic support for CSSH. In this role, Carol helps alumni learn about the many opportunities available at CSSH to make a lasting impact for students, faculty, and programs. She connects potential donors with ideas and projects that match their philanthropic intent. Among the schools she has previously represented are Simmons College, Harvard Law School, and Providence College.

Marybeth Savicki

Senior Officer, Corporate and Foundation Advancement / ext: 5464

Marybeth Savicki, Senior Officer for Corporate & Foundation Advancement, received a master’s in clinical social work from Simmons College and her B.A. in American studies from Tufts. Marybeth is tasked with identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding private institutional funding sources at the local, national and international level in support of the people and programs of CSSH and interdisciplinary university initiatives. Previously, she served as Director of Corporate Relations at Rice University in Houston, and worked as a development officer at both Tufts University and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Marybeth was also employed as a social worker serving adolescents and families for ten years and presently maintains her connection to the field as a volunteer.

Peri Onipede

Director of Major Gifts / ext: 5420

Peri Onipede, Director of Major Gifts, received her M.B.A. from IMD International, Switzerland, and her B.S. in computer information systems from Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. She fundraises for the various departments and initiatives housed at CSSH from alumni, parents, and friends. Previously she worked at Boston University as Director of Development for the College of General Studies.

Trish McElligott

Development Officer for Individual Giving / ext: 7413

Trish McElligott, Development Officer, works with the CSSH advancement team to expand the college's alumni outreach and engagement. She joined the Dean's Office in May 2015, but has a long history with Northeastern. Trish spent the previous five years with the University Advancement fundraising team, most recently as the project manager for the Individual Giving team. She is also an alumna and a parent of two current Northeastern students.