Maureen Mahoney, Ph.D., Dean of the College
Maureen Mahoney, Dean of the College, received her doctorate in developmental psychology
from Cornell University, and began teaching at Hampshire College in 1976. Her research
has focused on women’s experiences, including social support networks and
the experience of mothering, and the problem of silence in feminist psychology.
After nineteen years at Hampshire, she took her current position at Smith and is now in her eleventh year.
Jennifer Walters, D.Min., Dean of Religious Life
Jennifer Walters completed a doctorate in ministry at the Episcopal Divinity School
and a master’s in philosophy (ethics) at Michigan State. She was ordained
a priest in the Episcopal Church in 1994 and remains active as a priest whose primary
vocation is to ask questions rather than to give answers. She became Smith
College’s first dean of religious life in 2001. As dean of religious
life, she has encouraged inter-religious learning, ethical reflection and analysis,
cross-cultural conversation and community service.
Jessica Bacal, M.S.Ed., MFA, Acting Director, Center for Work & Life
Jessica Bacal received
an MS.Ed. from Bank Street College of Education and an MFA in creative writing from
Hunter College. She taught for seven years in New York City, and was a writer and educational consultant for The
New York Times Learning Network, Scholastic and MacMillan/McGraw-Hill. Her stories and essays have appeared in Sou'wester, The Crab Creek Review, Amoskeag, The Daily Hampshire Gazette and Brain, Child Magazine. She is working on a young adult novel. Jessica joined the Women’s Narratives Project in 2006.
Sue Briggs, Program Administrator, Dean of the College Office
Sue Briggs is Program Administrator in the Dean of the College's office. Among other things, she manages or directs special programs that are run through the office. Previously, she worked in development at another college, researching government funding opportunities for the college and assisting new faculty with framing and writing grant applications. When her daughter was young and until she started school, Sue worked at the Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education as a long-term substitute in the infant room, preschool and kindergarten.