Dean's Office

It is my pleasure to introduce The Team in the Dean's office. It is a team of capable professionals who assist faculty, students, alumni, donors, visitors, friends of the college, and all university constituencies. Their position descriptions (see below) belie the magnitude of knowledge, skill, and experience that they bring to their respective areas – and are offered as a valued starting point for your interest and to direct and assist you with immediate needs.

Bryant Keith Alexander, Ph.D., Dean

Judith M. Scalin, Associate Dean, supervises college and university initiatives; assists with professional development of faculty; schedules classes; works with faculty; serves as advisor to students and CFA faculty engaged in the advising process; interprets academic policies and requirements, and decides on general petitions and curriculum exceptions (CAPP adjustments); monitors students' academic progress and guides students who may be subject to academic disqualifications; partners with other colleges and student support services across the university to enhance CFA students' educational experience; and assists with issues related to student challenges.

Elaine Patricia Walker, Ed.D, Assistant Dean, helps students to clarify educational and life goals, guides students who are struggling academically and assists those on academic probation, helps students to prepare for undergraduate research and scholarship applications, approves study abroad plans and transfer courses for currently enrolled students, partners with other colleges and student support services across the university to address services for CFA students, assists students with academic policy questions and academic advising protocols, helps students to understand Degree Progress Reports, and represents the Dean and the College at meetings and events. Dr. Walker is also the Director of the CFA Student Mentor Program, and the CFA Liaison for Career and Professional Development. She serves on the University Assessment Advisory Council and The Associate Dean’s Council.

Tom Barette, Associate Director, Academic Budgets and Planning, will direct the development and administration of CFA’s budget including budget planning, policy development, strategic business operation, forecasting, and financial planning. In this capacity, he will support the dean with internal controls to ensure compliance with university policies and regulatory requirements, and will work closely with the dean and the dean's council on the development of CFA’s multi-year strategic plan.

Judith C. Delavigne, Academic Affairs Associate, works in tandem with the Dean and other college leadership to manage, promote and enhance the image of the college through conceptualization, organization, implementation and evaluation of events and special projects; maintains the Dean's calendar; coordinates meetings, retreats, special events and activities associated with the Dean's and Associate Dean's offices; serves as liaison between the Office of the Dean, department chairs and program directors, faculty, donors and students; assists with publication and other writing projects; and represents the College on committees, public events, and professional organizations as delegated.

Alexander Egger, Technology Support Specialist, provides technology support for the College through Information Technology Services. Alexander will provide guidance, trouble-shooting and innovative solutions in order to improve student and teacher user experiences at CFA.

Jameia McDuffie, Academic Advisor, will help students understand degree requirements; create, clarify, and refine educational goals and plans; explore curricular and co-curricular opportunities; select majors; understand academic policies and procedures; connect with faculty members and university resources; address concerns and challenges both inside and outside the classroom that impact academic success; determine academic goals and develop meaningful educational plans. She will work closely with other departments and offices to ensure that students are effectively served and may be responsible for coordinating co-curricular or other academic support programs.

Laurel Schmolze, Instructional Technologist, works for the CFA and the School of Film and Television to provide one-on-one support of instructional technology, including use of various hardware/software for teaching and learning. She will also facilitate workshops and training on the pedagogical use of technology, as well as advocate for faculty support in regards to educational technology.

Kate Shirley, Communications Manager, oversees all CFA communications projects, including supervising the creation of all print and digital publications and collateral materials, as well as managing the College's blog, website updates and social media presence.

Charisse D. Smith, Budget Analyst, provides guidance and support about: University policies and CFA internal policies and guidelines, the management of work study funds, procedures for submitting travel requests, travel advances, travel reimbursements, p-cards and personal expense reimbursements.

Rachel Van Houten, Senior Coordinator of Academic Services, assists the Associate Dean and Assistant Dean in the implementation of college and university functions, policies and bylaws. She coordinates a full range of services to support the undergraduate academic experience from orientation to graduation, including academic advisement, evaluation of transfer courses, recommendation of curricular exceptions and substitutions, and analysis of individual progress toward degree completion, through daily direct interaction with students and faculty. Rachel supports the college's annual online University Bulletin revision and bi-annual class schedule development process. She assists the Von Der Ahe Chair of Communication and Ethics with curricular and co-curricular programming, and also supports the college's internal research functions, compiling, and disseminating data as necessary.

Pamela Wimberly-Willis, Administrative Specialist, works in tandem with the Dean and other college leadership to manage broad-based operations in the college; manages the records of full-time faculty and part-time faculty, which includes online processing of all part-time requisitions; facilitates the resource management plan for computers/peripheral orders; supervises office moves; prepares tenure-track faculty for promotion to rank and/or advancement to tenure; instructs tenure-track faculty on grant submissions, CFA internal grants, CFA fellowships, summer research grants, and Rains research grants; is responsible for records maintenance and recording of student evaluations of all faculty; placing ads and hiring work-study students.

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