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Joseph O'Rourke

Interim Provost and Dean of the Faculty
In his role as Interim Provost & Dean of the Faculty, Joseph O'Rourke ensures excellence and prosperity in teaching, learning and research at Smith, now and for the future. O'Rourke creates and leads collaborative processes with all academic heads to advance a shared academic vision. He is the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Professor of Computer Science and a Professor of Mathematics & Statistics. His research is in the field of computational geometry.

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. Contact Jayne for CAP policies and procedures; catalog policies and procedures; and decennial, midterm and NEASC review preparations.

Jim Fergerson

Associate Director for Faculty Analytics
Jim Fergerson develops data and tools to advise academic leadership on the strategic use of institutional resources in achieving Smith’s mission. He is responsible for developing and enhancing the infrastructure for faculty data, including data analytics and budgeting throughout the lifecycle, with the goal of preserving Smith’s success in hiring, retention, and support of faculty and instructional staff.

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.

Lorraine Hedger

Interim Curricular & Faculty Appointment Specialist
Lorraine provides interim support for the Committee on Academic Priorities and for faculty hiring processes. In partnership with the Associate Dean of the Faculty, Lorraine receives and manages the workflow of curricular requests and materials that ensure successful courses of study. Contact Lorraine with questions on CAP's curricular approval guidelines for course proposals (new and revisions to existing), changes to the major or minor, and other curriucular changes. Lorraine also currently supports the Associate Provost in the non-tenure track faculty appointment process, and provides guidance and support to faculty searches.

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.

Hayley Spizz

Faculty Policies Specialist
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.)