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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 of Faculty Affairs

t.cresswell@neu.edu / ext: 5841

Tim Cresswell, associate dean of faculty affairs, professor of history and international affairs and associate director for public humanities at Northeastern University’s Humanities Center, works with individuals across the college on mentoring of faculty members as well as on faculty hiring and promotion processes. 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 2013, he was a professor of geography at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Chris Gallagher

Associate Dean of Teaching, Learning, and Experiential Education

c.gallagher@neu.edu / ext: 2193

Chris Gallagher, associate dean of teaching, learning, and experiential education and a professor of English, works with colleagues throughout the college on researching and supporting the undergraduate learning experience; fostering excellence and innovation in teaching; designing and refining curricula and assessment; and strengthening the connections between cutting-edge classroom work and experiential learning. Gallagher’s scholarly expertise is in teaching, learning, and educational reform with a specialization in the teaching and assessment of writing. His is author or co-author of four books and many articles in writing studies and education journals. Gallagher holds a PhD in writing, teaching, and criticism from the State University of New York at Albany and an MA in English from the University of New Hampshire. Before joining the Dean’s Office in July 2014, he was Writing Program director at Northeastern and, before that, a professor of English and composition coordinator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Jack McDevitt

Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies

j.mcdevitt@neu.edu / ext: 3482

Jack McDevitt, associate dean of research and graduate studies, oversees research in the college, including proposal development and the administration of all externally funded research, and leads the college’s graduate programs. He works with faculty to identify external funding opportunities and to support and develop the college's graduate programs. McDevitt received both his PhD in law, policy and society and his MA in public administration from Northeastern University, and his BA in political science from Stonehill College. McDevitt also directs Northeastern’s Institute on Race and Justice where he conducts research on hate crimes, racial profiling, gun violence, and human trafficking. He has co-authored three books and dozens of articles and has received over $4 million in support for his research. Previously McDevitt served as the associate dean for research and graduate studies in Northeastern’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Matthew Tobin

Associate Dean of Administration and Finance

m.tobin@neu.edu / ext: 8882

Matthew Tobin, associate dean of administration and finance, oversees the college’s administrative operations including finance, human resources, space, and information technology. In his leadership role, Tobin is also responsible for helping set and implement strategy for CSSH. He arrived to Northeastern in 2015 with over 13 years of experience at Harvard University spanning all parts of the institution including academic departments, research centers and central administration. 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. Tobin holds a MBA from Boston College and a BS from Babson College.

Ellen Cushman

Director of Civic Sustainability, Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives


Ellen Cushman, director of civic sustainability, diversity and inclusion initiatives and a Cherokee Nation citizen, is Dean’s Professor of Civic Sustainability and a professor of English. She provides leadership to the college’s faculty, students, and staff in the creation of initiatives to promote and sustain a diverse, inclusive and civil campus. Cushman’s research explores institutional and community-based meaning making practices using activist qualitative methods. Her book, The Cherokee Syllabary: Writing the People’s Perseverance (Oklahoma UP, 2011), is based on six years of ethnohistorical research with her tribe and explores the evolution and importance of the Cherokee writing system. Her teaching and service includes public engagement courses in composition and rhetoric as well outreach-based workshops, initiatives, and programs. Cushman earned her PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in rhetoric and communication. She previously worked at Michigan State University where she served as director of the Center for Applied and Inclusive Teaching and Learning in Arts and Humanities and was a professor of writing and rhetoric.

Elizabeth Bucar

Dean's Leadership Fellow


Elizabeth (Liz) Bucar, dean’s leadership fellow and associate professor of philosophy and religion, works with colleagues throughout the college to foster faculty fellowship and grant activity in the humanities. A religious ethicist, she studies gender and moral transformation within Islamic and Christian traditions and communities. Bucar, author of several books, has been awarded four humanities fellowships and her current research is supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, via The Enhancing Life Project. She has served as an external proposal reviewer for a number of research funding organizations and was one of CSSH’s participants in the university-wide Research Leadership Development Initiative (ReDI) in 2014-15. Bucar received her PhD in religious ethics from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 2006. Prior to coming to Northeastern in 2012, Liz was an assistant professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Erika Koss

Assistant Dean for Research, Program Development, and Outreach

e.koss@neu.edu / ext: 6812

Erika Koss, assistant dean for research, program development, and outreach, works with colleagues across the college, university, and beyond to create, manage, and execute programs for the Dean’s Office; to build CSSH’s Center for International Affairs and World Cultures; to manage CSSH’s internal grant initiatives; and to deepen CSSH’s internal and external partnerships. As the project manager for the Masters Program in Security and Resilience Studies, she supports the educational mission of this innovative masters program and serves as the liaison between the program, the CSSH Dean’s Office, the Global Network, and Northeastern’s Seattle campus. A native Californian, she received her BS from The Master’s College and an MA from San Diego State University. From 2005-2010, she worked at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC, where she was a founding member of the creative teams for The Big Read and Poetry Out Loud. She has taught literature and writing at several colleges and universities in California and Maryland, and she currently teaches in the Writing Program at Northeastern.

Mary Mello

Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs

m.mello@neu.edu / ext: 4369

Mary Mello, assistant dean for undergraduate academic affairs, received her MA 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

a.killeen@neu.edu / ext: 4366

Amy Killeen, director of graduate student services, received her MEd in college student development and counseling from Northeastern University and her BA 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

g.mackay@neu.edu / ext: 4361

Gayle Mackay, director of personnel administration, received both a BS 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

l.casey@neu.edu / ext: 5427

Leslie Casey, communications and digital strategy manager, has a BS in communication from Boston University, a graduate certificate in business administration from Northeastern University, and is currently pursuing her MBA 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.

Allison Cooper

Budget/Administrative Coordinator

al.cooper@neu.edu / ext: 3165

Allison Cooper, budget/administrative coordinator, is responsible for all daily accounting transactions including journal vouchers, reimbursements, budget transfers, and invoices. She also assists with tracking the Dean's Office financial commitments, space management, and the computer replacement cycle. She holds a BS in accounting from Elon University. She joined the Dean's Office in January 2016 and most recently managed accounting and human resources administrative functions at Falcon's Treehouse, a digital media design company based in Orlando, Florida.

Lauren Kiley

Personnel Coordinator

l.kiley@neu.edu / ext: 5201

Lauren Kiley, personnel coordinator, is responsible for part-time hires, visiting appointments, and extra compensation forms. She also assists the director of personnel administration on hiring and other personnel tasks. She has a bachelors degree in economics from the University of Massachusetts and is pursuing a graduate certificate in human resources management at Northeastern. Before coming to CSSH, she worked within the HR Operations group in Northeastern's Human Resources Management.

Melissa Newton

Administrative Assistant

m.newton@neu.edu / ext: 5173

Melissa Newton, administrative assistant, graduated from Northeastern in 2011 with a BA 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

d.ritter@neu.edu / 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.

Andrew Scott

Information Systems Coordinator

an.scott@neu.edu / 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

d.smikle@neu.edu / ext: 5164

David Smikle, executive assistant to the dean, received his BA 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

Senior Grants Administrator

v.teli@neu.edu / ext: 7498

Veena Teli, senior grants administrator, 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

c.giusticahalane@neu.edu / ext: 4792

Carol Giusti-Cahalane, director of development, received her BA 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

m.savicki@neu.edu / ext: 5464

Marybeth Savicki, senior officer for corporate & foundation advancement, received a master’s in clinical social work from Simmons College and her BA 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

o.onipede@neu.edu / ext: 5420

Peri Onipede, director of major gifts, received her MBA from IMD International, Switzerland, and her BS 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

p.mcelligott@neu.edu / 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.