College Leadership

Contact the College

Administrators for College of Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences at UMass Lowell, as well as department contacts, are listed below.

Dean of Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Luis M. Falcón, Ph.D.
820 Broadway St., Lowell, MA 01854 
Phone: 978-934-3843

  • Tenure and promotion
  • Renewals/non-renewal of faculty
  • Faculty evaluations and merit
  • Faculty disciplinary matters
  • Searches for tenure-track or tenured faculty
  • External relations
  • International partnerships 

Associate Dean of Research & Graduate Studies of Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Andy Harris, Ph.D.  
Phone: 978-934-3978

  • Faculty research support, grants, and infrastructure
  • Student research initiatives
  • Research centers
  • Funding requests (travel, events, etc.)
  • Graduate student support
  • Graduate curriculum and program development

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies of Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Julie Nash, Ph.D.
Phone: 978-934-4191

  • Lecturers (searches, service roles, teaching)
  • Teaching-related administrative issues
  • Honors Program
  • Co-ops and internships
  • Web and communications
  • Study abroad
  • Interdisciplinary minors
  • Undergraduate curriculum, and program development 
  • Undergraduate Student Concerns
  • Grade appeals
  • Arts/Cultural event planning

Assistant Dean of FAHSS Academic Programs

Francis Talty, Ph.D. 
Phone: 978-934-4328

  • Undeclared Liberal Arts students – advising and supervision of advisors
  • Other advising-related matters
  • First-year seminar
  • Adjunct management
  • Academic dishonesty appeals
  • Suspension hearings

Grant & Contract Administrator

Andrew Dewing
Phone: 978-934-5989

  • Grant proposal development
  • Award set up and management
  • Liaison with sponsors
  • Funding opportunities research

Director of Enrollment and Student Success

Karen Humphrey-Johnson, M.A. 
Phone: 978-934-2105

  • Admissions: recruitment and events
  • Parent Communications and Concerns
  • Follow-up with suspended students
  • Student Advising
  • Orientation
  • Graduation clearance

College Communications Coordinator

Shaima Ragab, M.A.
Phone: 978-934-5344

  • Web Communications
  • Social Media
  • Special Events
  • Media Relations
  • Alumni Outreach
  • College Coordination with Department Chairs, Program Directors 

Associate to the Dean of FAHSS

Robyn Lessard
Phone: 978-934-3842

  • College Staff management and oversight
  • Department space/facilities
  • Program budgets
  • Coordinate Deans' calendars

Budget Manager

Alice Da Silva
Phone: 978-934-3854

  • Reimbursements
  • Purchasing
  • GTAs and GRAs contracts
  • Coordinate Deans' calendars


Department Chair E-mail
Art & Design Jehanne-Marie Gavarini
Criminology & Criminal Justice Eve Buzawa
Economics Michael Carter
English Anthony Szczesiul
History Lisa Edwards
Music John Shirley
Philosophy Whitley Kaufman
Political Science Ardeth Thawnghmung
Psychology Richard Siegel
Sociology Mignon Duffy
World Languages & Culture Carole Salmon

 Interdisciplinary Programs

Program Director E-mail
American Studies Michael Milner
Jonathan Silverman
Asian Studies George Chigas
Disability Studies Ashleigh Hillier
Gender Studies Carol Hay
Global Studies John Kaag
Digital Media Wael Kamal
Legal Studies Michelle Bazin and Walter Toomey;
Peace and Conflict Studies David Turcotte
Security Studies James Forest