Meet Our Staff
Dean of Faculty
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty
As the vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, Ngonidzashe Munemo is the chief academic officer of the College. Ngoni 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. He 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.
Associate Dean of Faculty
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.
Associate Dean of Faculty
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.
Dean of Engaged Education
The DOEE 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
Assistant Dean for Academic Finance and Resources
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
Director of Sponsored Programs
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.
Senior Assistant to the Dean of Faculty
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
Senior Assistant to the Associate Deans of Faculty
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.
Assistant to the Dean of Faculty
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.
Project Assistant to the Dean of Faculty
Tom provides administrative support to the Institutional Review Board (IRB). He manages all administrative responsibilities for the faculty awards, the student research awards and all aspects of student awards for Convocation, Class and Charter Day, and Commencement. The student entertainment fund is administered and paid out by Tom. All Dean's List letters are corresponded through Tom. As project assistant, Tom supplements the administrative team supporting the Dean of Faculty Office.