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Meet Our Staff


Dean of Faculty

Suzanne Keen

Suzanne Keen

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty
315-859-4601

As the vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, Suzanne Keen is the chief academic officer of the College. Suzanne oversees the instructional departments and the curriculum, supervises instructional budgets including grants and equipment, supports faculty members in their scholarly and creative development, and advises the President on academic personnel decisions. She chairs the Academic Council and is a member of the Committee on Academic Policy, the Faculty Committee on Admission and Financial Aid, the Faculty Committee on Budget and Finance, Library and Information Technology Committee, and the Planning Committee. Reporting to the Dean are academic support services, ALEX, Athletics, the Registrar, and the Wellin Museum.

Associate Deans of Faculty

The Associate Deans of Faculty oversee personnel matters such as recruitment, reappointment, tenure, and promotion procedures, as well as curricular development and review. They also support the pedagogical, scholarly, creative, and administrative development for faculty members, with approval authority for the funding that supports faculty development, including travel, start-up needs, external grants and fellowships, teaching innovation, endowed professorships, and research. 

Nathan Goodale

Nathan Goodale

Associate Dean of Faculty
ngoodale@hamilton.edu 315-859-4615

Nathan Goodale serves as the Associate Dean for departments and programs in the Arts and Sciences, as well as Art History and Environmental Studies. He also supports academic advising with the Associate Dean of Students for Academics. Nathan is a professor of anthropology.

Penny Yee

Penny Yee

Associate Dean of Faculty
pyee@hamilton.edu 315-859-4615

Penny Yee serves as the Associate Dean for departments and programs in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Physical Education. She also coordinates the FYC program, supports academic advising, and serves as the Affirmative Action Officer for the College. Penny is a professor of psychology.

Administrative Staff

Kathy Wolfe

Kathy Wolfe

Dean of Engaged Education
kwolfe@hamilton.edu 315-859-3036

Kathy Wolfe serves as the Dean of Engaged Education, collaborating with staff and faculty across campus to develop and implement a strategic initiative called ALEX (Advise, Learn, EXperience), the goal of which is to support students developmentally by integrating academic and co-curricular advising, learning centers, and high-impact educational experiences. Kathy chairs the Global Education Committee and is a member of the NYC Program Advisory Board and the Advisory Committee for Academic Advising. Reporting to the DoEE are the Academic Resource Centers, Off-Campus Study, Opportunity Programs, the Levitt Center, the Community Outreach and Opportunity Project (COOP), and Student Fellowships.

Nicolas de la Riva

Nicolas de la Riva

Assistant Dean for Academic Finance and Resources
mdelariv@hamilton.edu 315-859-4611

The Assistant Dean for Academic Finance and Resources advises the deans, sets policy, and manages the academic financial matters involving personnel, departments, programs and offices. In addition, the assistant dean provides support and guidance for endowed funds, external grants, and operating budgets. Oversight for the staff and operations of the Dean's office and management of the academic office assistants fall under the assistant dean's scope, as does interfacing with the Business Office and Advancement on behalf of the academic division of the College.

Jeffrey (Jeff) Ritchie

Jeffrey (Jeff) Ritchie

Director of Sponsored Programs
jritchie@hamilton.edu 315-859-4678

As Director of Sponsored Programs, Jeff Ritchie is responsible for assisting faculty with all aspects of external grant funding, including research funding opportunities, preparing proposals and proposal budgets, and providing support for post-award grant administration. In addition, he provides guidance and support on federal and state compliance issues and serves as a member of the Institutional Review Board.

Linda Michels

Linda Michels

Senior Assistant to the Dean of Faculty
lmichels@hamilton.edu 315-859-4608

Linda Michels collects annual report information, department chair information, processes endowed funding reimbursements, coordinates faculty committee service, updates Faculty Handbook and Red Book, maintains data regarding faculty leave of absences, prepares faculty meeting agendas, processes faculty/student entertainment and faculty travel/support reimbursements, prepares new faculty contract letters, maintains slot tracker and faculty personnel information.

Kelly B. Walton

Kelly B. Walton

Senior Assistant to the Associate Deans of Faculty
kwalton@hamilton.edu 315-859-4615

Kelly Walton is responsible for administering teaching evaluations each semester, coordinates reappointment/tenure/promotion files, maintains master list of faculty offices and carrels, assists the Associate Deans and Departments with all faculty searches, and maintains Associate Deans’ calendars.

Kim Reale

Kim Reale

Assistant to the Dean of Faculty
kreale@hamilton.edu 315-859-4601

Kim Reale is responsible for all the administrative needs of the Dean, including calendar support, travel arrangements, scheduling committee meetings, correspondence, some budgetary and student award maintenance, and support for the Dean with campus-wide events. She also provides administrative support to the Director of Academic Finance and Resources and the Office of the President when needed. In addition, she helps with the planning for Commencement, Convocation, and New Faculty Orientation.

Contact Information


Office of the Dean of Faculty

Buttrick Hall
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323

Mon.-Fri.: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
315-859-4601 315-859-4677
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