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ABOUT THE OFFICE

Marilyn Schuster  

Marilyn R. Schuster

Provost and Dean of the Faculty
mschuste@smith.edu
(413) 585-3000

The Provost and Dean of the Faculty serves as the chief academic officer and works closely with the President of the College. She is responsible for the curriculum and for support for faculty teaching and research; she chairs the Committee on Academic Priorities and oversees the long-term composition of the faculty.  Marilyn joined the Smith faculty in 1971. She is a founding member of the Program for the Study of Women & Gender and has been a member of the French Studies Department and the Comparative Literature Program.

 

Joseph O'Rourke

Associate Provost and Dean for Academic Development
jorourke@smith.edu
(413) 585-3000

Dean O'Rourke oversees the financial and faculty development areas of the Office of the Provost. He has responsibility for faculty support in research and teaching, chairs the Committee on Faculty Compensation and Development and the Committee on Study Abroad, and serves as the director of sponsored research. Among his responsibilities are Athletics, the Botanic Garden, the Clark Science Center, the Campus School, and non-tenure-track faculty recruitment, hiring, and reappointment. Joe joined Smith's Computer Science Department in 1988.

 

Danielle Carr Ramdath

Associate Dean of the Faculty
dramdath@smith.edu
(413) 585-3017

Danielle Ramdath serves as director of graduate programs, coordinates the college’s visiting scholars program, and assists with programming and faculty development initiatives. She serves as the staff liaison to the Committee on Academic Priorities, manages the staff and workflow in the Office of the Provost, and works closely with academic assistants across the campus. Before coming to Smith in 2007, she taught mathematics at Bryn Mawr and Sarah Lawrence Colleges and served as a Program Officer in Higher Education at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Jayne Mercier     jmercier@smith.edu     585-3006

Jayne serves as the Assistant to the Provost, handling her appointments and daily schedule. She supports the decennial review process and the Lecture Committee, as well as the Liberal Arts Luncheon series. She also provides supplemental support work for the Office of the Board of Trustees, and maintains our office's website.

Hayley Spizz     hspizz@smith.edu     585-3005

Hayley can help you with sabbatical eligibility as well as reappointment, tenure and promotion matters. She also serves as Program Coordinator for Celebrating Collaborations, provides support to the Chaired Professor Committee, Sherrerd Teaching Award Committee, Visiting Scholars Committee, Committee on Study Abroad, Jacobson Center, Phi Beta Kappa, and receives Faculty Record Sheets.

Cynthia Di Geronimo     cdigeron@smith.edu     585-3003

Cynthia can assist with information on faculty salaries and records, appointment letters, and retirement issues. She also has responsibility for reports, surveys, and related information pertaining to faculty appointments and salaries.

Saari Greylock     sgreylock@smith.edu     585-3007

Saari serves as the Faculty Recruitment Specialist and Assistant to the Associate Provost, providing support and training for all faculty and course support searches. She supports the Committee on Faculty Compensation and Development (CFCD) and assists with CFCD grants and policy, Fellowships, and other special funding to support scholarship and curriculum development. She also maintains the Associate Provost's calendar and provides support for all other financial matters related to the Provost's Office.

Emily Robinson     erobinso@smith.edu     585-3010

Emily serves as the Sponsored Research Office Administrator, working with faculty, staff, and students in the area of external grant application and administration processes and procedures. She also helps oversee work related to regulatory boards such as the College's Institutional Review Boards. In addition, Emily provides financial tracking and management of several faculty development and other institutional grants, notably a number of our Mellon Foundation grants.

Ruth Morgan     rmorgan@smith.edu     585-3053

Ruth is the administrative assistant for graduate programs. She provides support work related to all aspects of our graduate offerings and works closely with the director of graduate programs, as well as departmental graduate advisers.

Patty Tran     ptran@smith.edu     585-3000

Patty is our front desk Administrative Assistant. She will be happy to direct your calls, help you if you are unsure of who to contact, or assist with any matters not covered above. She also handles faculty reader requests, mailing lists. She maintains the Associate Dean's calendar and schedules the Emma Proctor Conference Room (College Hall 301).

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