Meet Dunwoody’s Dean of Students
Hello students, parents and Dunwoody friends:
As someone new to the College, let me start by saying how pleased I am to be your Dean of Students. I thought it might be helpful to share a little about myself and my areas of focus at Dunwoody and beyond.
My hometown is in Northern Michigan. I attended undergrad at Aquinas College and obtained my graduate degree in Higher Postsecondary Education from Syracuse University. I have over 10 years of experience in Student Affairs; 8 of which were spent at Chapman University in Southern California.
I came to Dunwoody because I genuinely enjoy connecting with and advocating for students. Some of the ways I achieve that are through the programs and services listed below. I am here to make a difference and to take Dunwoody to the next level in terms of a well-rounded student experience.
Another important part of my role is to step back and think big picture about what our College is doing to support and empower students to be at their best. In doing so, I collaborate with faculty, academic support, student services, and colleagues across campus. I also listen to students and lead the way in implementing their vision for the future.
When I am not at work, I enjoy the outdoors, i.e. camping, hiking, and (hopefully more often now that I’m in MN) skiing. I also love spending time with my dogs and spoiling them every chance I get.
I look forward to getting to know you and seeing Dunwoody continue to grow.
Dean of Students
Here is what I can help with:
- Student Services – My student services team Jonathon, Zach & Molly are excellent resources here to assist with scheduling, student events, and counseling referrals.
- Career Services – It’s never too early to think about life after Dunwoody. Visit Rob in Career Services to learn more about job opportunities, fix up your resume, or practice for an upcoming interview.
- Disability Services/Accommodations – We want to ensure that all students have an opportunity to be successful in college. If you require learning accommodations to support you on this endeavor, it is up to you to inform Dunwoody as soon as possible. Please schedule a time to meet with me if you have questions or concerns.
- First Year Experience and Retention Programs – One of my goals is for students to have a seamless and successful transition into Dunwoody. Orientation and New Students Day are just a couple of the opportunities created for you to ask questions, make connections, and learn to confidently navigate around campus.
- Referral Services – Stop by Student Services in the Multi-Cultural Center or visit me directly for information regarding housing, counseling, substance abuse, or other health related concerns. Additional resources can be found at dunwoody.edu/students.
- Student Academic Probation and Warning (SAP) and Progression (PACE) Concerns – As a Dunwoody student, you are required to meet or exceed a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and successfully complete 67% of the courses attempted. If you fall short in either of those areas, a warning and probationary process may follow. Keep those grades up and go to class and this will never apply to you! If it does, we have a plan in place to get you back on track.
- Title IX Concerns – You have every right to feel safe and respected at Dunwoody. If you or someone you know is experiencing sexual harassment or discrimination, please contact me as soon as possible.
- Student Requests – As Dunwoody’s Dean of Students, I am here to advocate on your behalf. If there are things we can do to enhance your college experience or if you have individual requests, my office—located in the Pinska Center—is always open.
Here are other things you can get involved with:
- Dean’s Student Advisory Council (D.S.A.C.) – This group gives voice to the Dunwoody student experience and has representatives from each of the College’s academic departments. Through discussion, we explore current issues, what’s working, what needs more attention, what’s missing, etc. Students have the opportunity to advise and make recommendations on behalf of their peers. Current participants were nominated by their Deans and Faculty. If interested in joining the conversation, please contact me directly.
- Student Clubs, Organizations, and Societies – If time permits, I encourage you to join one of our 26 student groups on campus. Connecting with peers around academic content or just for fun will only enhance your learning and overall college experience.