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Michael Thurston

Provost and Dean of the Faculty
In his role as Provost & Dean of the Faculty, Michael Thurston ensures excellence and prosperity in teaching, learning and research at Smith, now and for the future. Thurston creates and leads collaborative processes with all academic heads to advance a shared academic vision. He is the Helen Means Professor of English Language & Literature whose primary scholarly research interest is modern and contemporary poetry. He is currently at work on a project on Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises and a biography of the literary critic, F.O. Matthiessen (supported by a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities..

Bill E. Peterson

Associate Provost
Bill Peterson ensures thriving academic programs at Smith, aligning resources with the curricular and co-curricular missions of the college in a sustainable and equitable way. Peterson manages the academic budget of the college overseen by the provost. He chairs the Committee on Faculty Compensation and Development and the Committee on Study Abroad. He has responsibility for faculty development, support in research and teaching, and serves as the director of sponsored research. Among his responsibilities are the Botanic Garden, the Clark Science Center, the Campus School, and non-tenure track faculty recruitment and hiring. Peterson was hired as a faculty member in the Department of Psychology in 1998. He is a personality psychologist with broad interests in adult development, narrative, and political psychology. Particular interests revolve around the constructs of authoritarianism and psychosocial generativity.

Patricia DiBartolo

Associate Dean of the Faculty/Dean for Academic Development
Patricia DiBartolo leads curricular planning, oversees curricular operations and strategic initiatives, and coordinates diverse faculty professional development programs at Smith. Together with colleagues in our office, the associate dean of the faculty cultivates effective, collegial partnerships with faculty and staff leaders around the college and with members of the president’s cabinet. Programs reporting to the associate dean of the faculty and governance committees on which he or she serves are those that directly impact faculty careers throughout their life cycle, and those that guide curricular operations, including the graduate programs in arts and sciences. A member of the Smith faculty since 1995, DiBartolo is the Caroline L. Wall '27 Professor of Psychology. Her longstanding research interests include investigating the phenomenology of perfectionism and its clinical correlates, especially anxiety, in both adult and youth samples. More recently, those interests have expanded to include teaching and learning about the scientific method.

Jayne Mercier

Academic Operations Manager
Jayne Mercier promotes and strengthens Smith's academic programs by facilitating relationships between the provost and internal/external constituencies; coordinating the deans, faculty and other college offices in major academic initiatives and special projects; and leads the development and execution of our office's business policies and practices. As executive assistant to the Provost and Dean of the Faculty, she coordinates the office’s long term academic and strategic planning and manages special projects.

Kelly DeForest

Curricular and Academic Support Specialist
In close partnership with the Associate Dean of the Faculty & Dean for Academic Development, Kelly DeForest ensure successful courses of study through her support of the Committee on Academic Priorities in all aspects of curricular development, maintenance and review materials and workflows. Kelly also works closely with the ADOF/DAD and Chairs & Directors in the professional development of the academic administrative support staff. Contact Kelly for CAP policies and procedures; curricular approval guidelines for course proposals (new and revisions to existing), changes to the major or minor, and other curricular changes; catalog policies and procedures; and all other items related to the work of CAP.

Saari Greylock

Senior Academic Budget Manager
Saari Greylock develops sustainable academic budget models that advance Smith's educational mission, overseeing academic financial resources in close collaboration with the associate provost and the budget office. Contact Saari for departmental and program budget queries, inquiries regarding internal grants including CFCD and starters, and financial modeling for new initiatives.

Ruth Morgan

Program Coordinator for Graduate and Special Programs
Ruth Morgan promotes successful graduate study experiences at Smith by ensuring consistency in policies and completion of requirements. Contact Ruth for graduate application questions, registration assistance, inquires regarding curriculum requirements and requests for extensions.

Emily Robinson

Assistant Director of Sponsored Research
Emily Robinson promotes a thriving research culture at Smith by shepherding the review and approval process of external grant proposals and aligning internal and external partners. Contact Emily for external grant deadlines, preparation, and submission; external grant budgets or expenditures administered by the provost and hiring UMass graduate student RAs.

Rachel Siegel

Faculty Recruitment and Appointment Specialist
The faculty recruitment and appointment specialist promotes a fair and inclusive faculty culture at Smith by working in close partnership with the Provost & Dean of the Faculty, Associate Provost, and Associate Dean of the Faculty to ensure consistent application of faculty search, recruitment and hiring policies and is the primary calendar contact for the associate provost. Contact Rachel for tenure-track and non-tenure track searches; faculty appointment letters; research associate appointments; faculty visas; on-boarding of new faculty members and instructors; and information regarding visiting scholars.

Hayley Spizz

Faculty Policies Administrator
Hayley Spizz promotes fairness and equity through ensuring consistent application of Smith faculty policies by faculty, staff and administration. Contact Hayley for reappointment, tenure, and promotion procedures and questions; sabbaticals and leaves; and faculty record sheets.

Patty Tran

Schedule Coordinator
Patty Tran promotes a productive work environment by managing the deans' schedules and daily office operations. Patty is the primary calendar contact for Patricia DiBartolo. Contact Patty for academic calendar queries. (Patty may also contact you regarding scheduling matters.)