Home » About » 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)

Dean's Office Staff

Ellen Cushman

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion


Ellen Cushman, associate dean of academic affairs, diversity and inclusion and a Cherokee Nation citizen, is Dean’s Professor of Civic Sustainability and a professor of English. She works with colleagues throughout the college on key initiatives in hiring, mentoring and supporting our faculty. She also provides leadership to the college's faculty, students, and staff in the development 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.

Natasha Frost

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies

n.frost@northeastern.edu / ext: 4076

Natasha Frost, associate dean of graduate studies, is also professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. As associate dean of graduate studies, she works with colleagues to foster excellence in the college’s graduate programs and to enhance their alignment with our mission in the Experiential Liberal Arts. Frost’s scholarship focuses on mass incarceration and its effects on individuals, families, and communities. Her current research projects focus on correctional officer safety and well-being and she maintains a strong record of externally funded research, involving undergraduate and graduate students in research teams. Frost holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Northeastern University and a PhD in criminal justice from the City University of New York's Graduate School and University Center.

Laura Green

Associate Dean of Teaching, Learning, and Experiential Education

la.green@northeastern.edu / ext: 4544

Laura Green, associate dean of teaching, learning, and experiential education and a professor of English, works with colleagues throughout the college and the university in strengthening our mission in the Experiential Liberal Arts; connecting cutting-edge classroom work and experiential learning; fostering excellence and innovation in teaching; expanding undergraduate research opportunities; and refining curricula and assessment. Green is a scholar of Victorian literature and women’s studies and is the author of two books. She is the book review co-editor of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. Green, who joined the Dean’s Office in July 2017, serves as a member of the executive committee of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program and the advisory board of the Northeastern Humanities Center and previously chaired the Department of English, 2009-2015. She holds a PhD in English from University of California, Berkeley.

Jack McDevitt

Associate Dean of Research

j.mcdevitt@northeastern.edu / ext: 3482

Jack McDevitt, associate dean of research, oversees research in the college, including proposal development, administration of all externally funded research, and identification of external funding opportunities. 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@northeastern.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 an MBA from Boston College and a BS from Babson College.

Rory Smead

Director of Rossetti Family Program for the Advancement of the Humanities


Rory Smead, Director of the Rossetti Family Program for the Advancement of the Humanities, works to attract STEM and business students to topics and ideas in the humanities. His aim is to promote in these students a lasting interest in the liberal arts through exposure to valuable perspectives and concepts from the humanities. He is also associate professor in philosophy and religion whose interdisciplinary research explores philosophical questions surrounding the origin of cooperation and morality while drawing on methods from the social and biological sciences. He holds a PhD in philosophy and an MA in social science from the University of California Irvine. Before joining Northeastern in 2010 he spent a year as a tutorial fellow at the London School of Economics.

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, Bucar was an assistant professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Mary Mello

Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs

m.mello@northeastern.edu / ext: 4369

Mary Mello, assistant dean for undergraduate academic affairs, primarily works with academic advising, admission yield efforts, retention, and cooperative education. She received her MA in English at Northeastern University. Before working as an assistant dean, she 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@northeastern.edu / ext: 4366

Amy Killeen, director of graduate student services, specializes in graduate admissions, recruitment, commencement, academic policy, new degree and course proposals, monitoring student progress, and fulfilling data requests. She received her MEd in college student development and counseling from Northeastern University and her BA in communications from The University of Connecticut. She also volunteers her time at the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts. In 2010, She 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.

Andrew Lawrence

Director of College Research Administration

a.lawrence@northeastern.edu / ext: 8561

Andrew Lawrence, director of college research administration, is responsible for overseeing all sponsored research administration functions in the college for both pre-award and post-award administration, including serving as the primary liaison between the college and the Sponsored Programs office. He is also responsible for serving on research administration committees, maintaining federal sponsored research compliance and the tracking of research expenses. He has a bachelor’s degree in business management from John Carroll University and an MBA in international business from Baldwin Wallace University. Before coming to CSSH, Andrew worked for the College of Engineering's Office of the Dean as the senior grants administrator, team lead.

Leslie Casey

Communications and Digital Strategy Manager

l.casey@northeastern.edu / ext: 5427

Leslie Casey, communications and digital strategy manager, 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. She is also responsible for the college’s online presence, website development, and new media initiatives. She 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 has held similar communication roles at the America East Conference and the Boston College Athletics Department.

Evan Cutelis

Budget/Administrative Coordinator

e.cutelis@northeastern.edu / ext: 3165

Evan Cutelis, budget/administrative coordinator, is responsible for all daily accounting transactions including journal vouchers, reimbursements, budget transfers, and invoices. He also assists with tracking the Dean's Office financial commitments, space management, and the computer replacement cycle. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst. He joined the Dean's Office in December 2016. Previously, he worked in university advancement and sponsored research administration at Boston College.

Ben Flickner

Dean’s Executive Assistant

b.flickner@northeastern.edu / ext: 5164

Ben Flickner, executive assistant to the dean, develops systems to better support the dean’s administrative responsibilities, manages the dean’s calendar, and handles special projects. Ben is a Northeastern alumnus with a BS in psychology, and he holds an AS in business administration. He first came to Northeastern in 2008, working in the School of Law’s Academic and Student Affairs Office and later in the Dean’s Office. In 2012, he joined CSSH as the administrator for the Department of Philosophy and Religion.

Amelia Giordano

Administrative Assistant

a.giordano@northeastern.edu / ext: 5173

Amelia Giordano, administrative assistant, supports the front desk operations of the Dean's Office and works on special projects. She has a BS in psychology from Northeastern University, as well as an AA in psychology/sociology/anthropology. Before coming to CSSH in 2017, she previously held positions in the university's Human Resources Management division and the D'Amore-McKim School of Business Office of the Dean.

Kathleen Kenney

Manager of Human Resources and Faculty Affairs

k.kenney@northeastern.edu / ext: 4361

Kathleen Kenney, manager of human resources and faculty affairs, oversees the college’s human resources and faculty affairs operations and leads staff development initiatives. She holds a master of public administration degree from Northeastern’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Boston College. Prior to coming to CSSH, she worked as the assistant director of Northeastern’s ADVANCE Office of Faculty Development where she managed a portfolio of professional development programs including the Research Leadership Development Initiative (ReDI). Kathleen has presented at multiple conferences on professional development and co-authored an article on faculty mentoring published in the International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education. Kathleen is pursuing a doctorate in education, concentrating in organizational leadership studies and focuses her research on career development.

Dana Ritter

Finance and Administration Manager

d.ritter@northeastern.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@northeastern.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.

Britain Scott

Strategic Partnerships Manager

br.scott@northeastern.edu / ext: 3542

Britain Scott, strategic partnerships manager, facilitates the implementation of cross-college and interdisciplinary opportunities for students and assists with the development of relationships and partnerships in Boston and at the other Northeastern campuses in Charlotte, Seattle, Silicon Valley, and Toronto. She is also responsible for collaborating with the Professional Advancement Network, the PhD Network, and the other colleges at Northeastern. Britain has a BA in education from Smith College and an MA in liberal studies from Duke University. Previously, she worked in the Department of Political Science as the graduate program administrator.

Veena Teli

Senior Grants Administrator

v.teli@northeastern.edu / ext: 7498

Veena Teli, senior grants administrator, 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. She 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. 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@northeastern.edu / ext: 4792

Carol Giusti-Cahalane, director of development, is responsible for working with alumni who are interested in providing philanthropic support for CSSH. In this role, she 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. She received her BA in psychology from Connecticut College. Among the schools she has previously represented are Simmons College, Harvard Law School, and Providence College.

Bethany Basile

Officer for Corporate and Foundation Advancement

b.basile@northeastern.edu / ext: 3745

Bethany Basile, officer for corporate and foundation advancement, identifies, cultivates, solicits and stewards private institutional funding sources at the local, national and international level in support of the people and programs of CSSH and interdisciplinary university initiatives. She received a BFA in drama and producing from the New York University School of the Arts and is an alum of Coro Leadership New York (LNY28). Before coming to Northeastern in 2017, she was director of foundation relations at the Roundabout Theatre Company in New York City and prior to that, she was manager of institutional giving at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Trish McElligott

Development Officer for Individual Giving

p.mcelligott@northeastern.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.