Dean’s Office Staff
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)
Associate Dean for Administration and Finance
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Breean Fortier, Associate Dean for Administration and Finance, earned her A.B. from Harvard University with a joint concentration in government and Slavic studies and her M.A. from Columbia University in international affairs. She is responsible for overseeing the college’s administrative and financial operations, including long-range financial planning, annual budgeting, and day-to-day fiscal activities; post-award management of sponsored research grants; human resources; space management; development of, and marketing and recruitment for, professional masters degrees; college-wide communications; and general administrative support for CSSH. Breean joined Northeastern University in 2012 after spending nearly eight years at Harvard University in advancing roles. Prior to that, she worked at Deloitte Consulting and also spent several years as a Russian language instructor for the U.S. military.
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
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Laura L. Frader, Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professor of History, received her Ph.D. in modern European history at the University of Rochester. Former chair of the Department of History, Dr. Frader is author and editor of five books and numerous articles on gender and European history. She is a Senior Faculty Associate at the Minda de Gunzberg Center for European Studies at Harvard University. Dr. Frader oversees matters pertaining to faculty in the college, such as tenure and promotion, hiring of new faculty, faculty mentoring and the organization of external reviews of college, departments, and programs.
Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning, and Experiential Education
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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.
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
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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.
Assistant Dean for Research, Program Development, and Outreach
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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.
Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs
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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.
Director of Graduate Student Services
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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.
Director of Personnel Administration
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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.
Senior Writer and Communications Coordinator
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Leslie Casey, Senior Writer and Communications Coordinator, received her B.S. in communication from Boston University and is currently pursuing her MBA at Northeastern University. 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.
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Katelyn Federico, Data Administrator, received her B.A. in mathematics from Boston University and is currently working towards an M.S. in applied mathematics and an MPS in digital media at Northeastern University. Her primary responsibilities include preparing financial and data reports for the college’s senior staff, other Dean’s Office staff members, and department chairs, as well as collecting, analyzing, and presenting data for projects in areas such as admissions, retention, enrollment, research productivity, and space utilization. Katelyn joined the Dean’s Office in 2012 as an administrative assistant. She previously worked as a library clerk and a library technical services associate.
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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.
Pre-Award Grants Administrator
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Meghan Lee, Pre-Award Grants Administrator, received her B.A. in communication from Washington State University and is currently working toward her M.Ed. in learning and instruction. She has both pre-award and post-award grant activity experience, but primarily handles pre-award grants for the college. Prior to coming to Northeastern, Meghan worked in banking and finance managing construction loan budgets and appraisals.
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Rosie McLaughlin, Administrative Assistant, received her B.A. in both international affairs and sociology with minors in women’s, gender and sexuality studies and history from Northeastern University. Prior to joining the Dean’s Office staff, she was a human resources coordinator at Pathfinder International. While a student at Northeastern, Rosie worked in the Office of Career Services and the Office of Student Conduct. She took advantage of many of the university’s global programs, including the Dialogue of Civilizations programs to Istanbul and Berlin. Rosie is responsible for assisting the dean, coordinating schedules, answering the phone, and managing office projects.
Finance and Administration Manager
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Information Systems Coordinator
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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.
Dean’s Executive Assistant
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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.
Post-Award Grant Specialist
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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
Director of Development
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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.
Senior Officer, Corporate and Foundation Advancement
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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.
Director of Major Gifts
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Peri Onipede, Director of Major Gifts, received her MBA 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.