Administrative Team

Kate Costello-Sullivan, Ph.D.
Dean of Arts and Sciences

Dixie M. Blackley, Ph.D.

Kate Costello-Sullivan is dean of Arts and Sciences. She is also a Professor of Modern Irish literature in the English department, which she joined in 2004 and for which she founded the College's Irish literature program. She holds a Master's and Ph.D. from Boston College and a B.A. from Rutgers College, New  Brunswick. An active scholar, Dr. Costello-Sullivan is author of nine published articles and the monograph  Mother/Country: Politics of the Personal in the Fiction of Colm Tóibín; she is also the editor of a critical edition of J. Sheridan Le Fanu's vampire novella Carmilla. Dr. Costello-Sullivan was recently a Moore Institute Visiting Fellow at the National University Ireland-Galway and is currently working on a study of narratives of trauma and recovery in 20th-century Irish fiction.




Dixie M. Blackley, Ph.D.

Dixie M. Blackley, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences

Dixie M. Blackley is associate dean of Arts and Sciences. She works closely with Dean Kate Costello-Sullivan on faculty evaluations and on various initiatives that promote academic excellence within Arts and Sciences. She represents the Office of the Dean on several College-wide committees, Faculty Senate committees, and special projects.

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Jeanne Darby
Jeanne Darby
Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences

Jeanne Darby is assistant dean of Arts and Sciences. She is responsible for many of the operational functions of the Dean’s office, from student-centered initiatives such as the annual Senior Honors Convocation and academic integrity issues, to faculty processes such the administration of course and personnel evaluation policies. In addition, Jeanne works with department chairs and the Registrar's office to manage course scheduling and enrollments. She is responsible for handling most aspects of adjunct faculty activity, from the creation of appointment letters to acting as liaison with Human Resources regarding adjunct personnel issues.

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Melissa ShortMelissa Short
Administrative Assistant

Melissa Short is the administrative assistant to the Dean of Arts and Sciences. In this capacity she assists the Dean and supervises work-study students employed by the Dean’s office. Her responsibilities include the processing of student and faculty forms, course evaluations, faculty travel requests, and managing College catalog updates. In addition, Melissa works with the Curriculum Committee, the Core Curriculum Committee, and the Student Research Committee. She also provides administrative support for the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

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