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


Dean of Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences dean

Luis M. Falcón, Ph.D.*
820 Broadway St., Lowell, MA 01854
Email: Luis_Falcon@uml.edu
Phone: 978-934-3843

*Unless confidential, always cc: Robyn_Lessard@uml.edu.

  • Tenure and promotion
  • Renewals/non-renewal of faculty
  • Faculty evaluations and merit
  • Faculty disciplinary matters
  • Advancement
  • Tenure-track faculty recruitment
  • Strategic Planning

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies kim

Sue J. Kim, Ph.D.
Email: Sue_Kim@uml.edu
Phone: 978-934-4408

  • Teaching-related administrative issues
  • Undergraduate curriculum (including program development, scheduling and teaching)
  • Interdisciplinary Programs within FAHSS
  • Teaching faculty recruitment

Associate Dean of Research & Graduate Studies serna

Richard W. Serna, Ph.D.
Email: Richard_Serna@uml.edu
Phone: 978-934-4385

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

Associate Dean for Online Education, Accreditation & Licensing

Stacy Szczesiul
Email: Stacy_Szczesiul@uml.edu
Phone: 978-934-4633

  • Accreditation of Academic Programs
  • Licensure
  • GPS point of contact for online delivery and program development/transition

Assistant Dean kamal

Wael Kamal, Ph.D.
Email: Wael_Kamal@uml.edu
Phone: 978-934-4780

  • Academic suspension and dishonesty appeals
  • Grade Appeals
  • Academic Petitions and Exceptions (including World Ready)
  • The Washington Center
  • Experiential learning, co-ops, and internships
  • Adjunct management
  • College Advisory Boards

Director of Student Success and Recruitment khj

Karen Humphrey-Johnson, M.A.
Email: Karen_HumphreyJohnson@uml.edu
Phone: 978-934-2105

  • Admissions: recruitment and events
  • Parent Communications and Concerns
  • Follow-up with suspended students
  • Student Advising
  • First-year Seminars
  • Undeclared Liberal Arts students – advising and supervision of advisors

Associate to the Dean of FAHSS lessard

Robyn Lessard
Email: Robyn_Lessard@uml.edu
Phone: 978-934-3842

  • College staff management and oversight
  • Department space/facilities
  • Faculty database
  • Coordinator of P&T, Salary Review, Faculty evaluations, Sabbatical leave process
  • Dean’s List
  • Coordinate Deans' calendars
  • College Academic Calendar

Budget Manager da-silva

Alice Da Silva
Email: Alice_DaSilva@uml.edu
Phone: 978-934-3854

  • Manager of College Budgets
  • Prepare budget reports for Deans
  • Review College reimbursements
  • Review and train College staff on current University policies and procedures
  • College timekeeper
  • PT staff and student ePAF’s

Director of Development

Carolyn Brooks
Email: Carolyn_Brooks@uml.edu
Phone: 978-934-4482

  • FAHSS Advancement related activities
  • Advice on processing of post award foundation grants
  • College advisory board

Director of Development

Demetria (Deme) Gys
Email: Demetra_Gys@uml.edu
Phone: 978-934-4810

  • School of Education Advancement related activities
  • School of Education advisory board

departmentsDepartment Contacts

DepartmentChairE-mail
Art & DesignEllen Wetmore
Ellen_Wetmore@uml.edu
Criminology & Criminal Justice (School of)Sheldon ZhangSheldon_Zhang@uml.edu
EconomicsMonica GalizziMonica_Galizzi@uml.edu
Education (School of)James NehringJames_Nehring@uml.edu
EnglishTodd Tietchen
HistoryChristopher CarlsmithChristopher_Carlsmith@uml.edu
MusicGena Greher
Gena_Greher@uml.edu
PhilosophyJohn Kaag
Political ScienceArdeth ThawnghmungArdeth_Thawnghmung@uml.edu
PsychologyLisa GeraciLisa_Geraci@uml.edu
SociologyMignon DuffyMignon_Duffy@uml.edu
World Languages & CultureMaria MatzMaria_Matz@uml.edu

interdisciplinary-programsInterdisciplinary Program Contacts

ProgramDirectorE-mail
American Studies MinorTodd Tietchen and Jonathan SilvermanTodd_Tietchen@uml.edu
Jonathan_Silverman@uml.edu
Liberal Arts MajorKaren Humphrey-JohnsonKaren_HumphreyJohnson@uml.edu
Disability Studies MinorAshleigh HillierAshleigh_Hillier@uml.edu
Digital Media MinorPavel RomanikoPavel_Romaniko@uml.edu
Environment & Society MinorVanessa GrayVanessa_Gray@uml.edu
Gender Studies MinorChrista HodappChrista_Hodapp@uml.edu
Global Studies (Graduate)Jenifer Whitten-WoodringJenifer_WhittenWoodring@uml.edu
Labor Studies MinorSusan WinningSusan_Winning@uml.edu
Legal Studies MinorWalter ToomeyWalter_Toomey@uml.edu
Medieval & Renaissance Studies MinorPaula TelescoPaula_Telesco@uml.edu
Peace and Conflict Studies MinorDavid Turcotte
David_Turcotte@uml.edu
Security Studies (Graduate)Arie PerligerArie_Perliger@uml.edu