Robin Forman, Dean of Emory College of Arts and Sciences
Patricia Bauer, Senior Associate Dean, Research
Joanne Brzinski, Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
Michael A. Elliott, Senior Associate Dean of Faculty
Priscilla Echols, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
Wendy Newby, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
Philip Wainwright, Associate Dean for Summer and International Programs
Dean of Emory College of Arts and Sciences
Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics
Robin Forman became Dean of Emory College of Arts and Sciences on July 1, 2010 and also holds the title of Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics.
Forman previously was a member of the Rice faculty since 1987, being named full professor of mathematics in 1999 and serving as chair of the Department of Mathematics from 2001-2005. He served as Rice's dean of undergraduate studies from 2005-July 2010. He was a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania who earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from Harvard University, serving for two years as an instructor at MIT before going to Rice.
Forman's research, which has been funded by the NSF, NSA and DARPA, focuses on combinatorial methods in topology and geometry.
Among his varied avocational interests are chess, where he has attained the rank of Master; stand-up comedy; and songwriting. He and his wife, Ann Owens, have a son, Saul.
Executive Assistant to the Dean
Program Administrative Assistant to the Dean
Senior Associate Dean of Faculty
Michael A. Elliott received his Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University 1998, and began his career at Emory in that year. As the Winship Distinguished Research Professor in English and American Studies, his teaching and research interests range from nineteenth-century ethnography to contemporary practices of historical commemoration. His most recent book is Custerology: The Enduring Legacy of the Indian Wars and George Armstrong Custer, published by the University of Chicago Press in 2007.
Dean Elliott joined the College office in 2010. As Senior Associate Dean of Faculty, he oversees the hiring process and the tenure and promotion process for faculty in the Arts and Sciences as well as faculty development initiatives in the College. He serves as the College office liaison to the College Faculty Council and to the College Affirmative Action Committee.
Senior Associate Dean, Research
Patricia Bauer received her Ph.D. from Miami University in 1985 and was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, San Diego from 1985 to 1989. She was on the faculty of the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota from 1989 to 2005. After two years in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University, she joined the faculty of Emory University in 2007. She serves as Senior Associate Dean for Research in Emory College, and is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Psychology. Her research focuses on the development of memory from infancy through childhood, with special emphasis on the determinants of remembering and forgetting; and links between social, cognitive, and neural developments and age-related changes in autobiographical or personal memory.
Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
Joanne Brzinski oversees the Office for Undergraduate Education, which includes six class deans and numerous special programs: e.g., Academic Advising, Emory Scholars, National Scholarships and Fellowships, SIRE undergraduate research, Transient Study, Orientation, and Learning Programs. In her previous role as an associate dean, she co-coordinated FAME (Freshman Advising and Mentoring at Emory), the fall program for entering first-year students; administered certification of good standing and incompletes; provided guidance for courtesy scholars, special students, and joint enrollees; and organized the Senior Banquet. She also worked closely with candidates for national prestigious scholarships such as the Rhodes Scholarship, the British Marshall Scholarship, Fulbright Fellowships, the Luce Scholars Program, the Truman Scholarship, the Goldwater Scholarship, and Rotary Scholarships and Grants. Dean Brzinski teaches in the political science department.
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
Dean Echols's responsibilities include management of retention, co-oversight of the first-year class, administration-including the design and build-of online degree audits for students, development of student academic affairs technology services, and completion of transfer forms for students pursuing placement at other institutions. In addition, she is the liaison to the Office of the Registrar and the PeopleSoft student information system production team, works with Enrollment Management and the Admission and Scholarships Committee, and is the College representative on the Governance Committee for the PeopleSoft Student Administration System. Dean Echols's interdisciplinary doctorate was in the fields of Literature and Religion. She teaches in the departments of Religion, Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture, and Italian Studies. Her courses focus on the theme of transformation as viewed through apocalyptic literature, especially Dante's Divine Comedy. She currently is working on a Master's in Social Work to augment her understanding of human behavior in the social environment and eventually will be certified as a licensed clinical social worker.
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
Wendy Newby is a licensed psychologist whose career has been focused on understanding the interaction between learner characteristics, teaching practices, and instructional outcomes. Dean Newby came to Emory in the fall of 2000 to work with faculty as the Director of Faculty Resources for Inclusive Instruction, a position developed to expand the understanding among Emory University faculty of the educational needs of students with diverse learning characteristics. As dean, she directs the development and management of the Learning Programs division of the Office for Undergraduate Education, which provides a variety of academic support services to undergraduate students. Dean Newby acts as liaison between the College and the Office of Disabilities Services and works collaboratively with the newly formed Center for Faculty Development and Excellence as it builds programs to support faculty excellence in teaching and research.
Associate Dean for Summer and International Programs & Executive Director, Center for International Programs Abroad
Philip Wainwright oversees the administration of the Office for International and Summer Programs, including the Center for International Programs Abroad, the Emory Summer School, the Emory Pre-College Program, and the Emory College of Arts and Sciences Language Center. He is also the Emory College of Arts and Sciences liaison to the Office of the Provost and Emory Center for Lifelong Learning for the Emory Quest program in continuing education. Prior to coming to Emory in 1996, he held a three year position as a Lecturer in Humanities Special Programs at Stanford University where he also served as an advisor for Stanford's study abroad programs. He has also been an adjunct visiting professor in Emory's Department of History. He earned a B.A. (summa cum laude) and M.A. at Emory in History and an M.A. and Ph.D. at Stanford in Modern British History. He has been professionally active in international education organizations including in the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Trainer Corps, as SECUSSA (Section on US Students Abroad) representative for NAFSA Region VII, on the SECUSSA Health and Safety subcommittee, and on the Forum on Education Abroad's Committee on Standards of Good Practice in Study Abroad. He is also currently on the executive committee of the Association for University Summer Schools.
Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education
Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education
Acting Director, Pre-Health Mentoring Office
Shari Obrentz serves as the sophomore class dean and learning specialist. She oversees the EPASS peer tutoring and science peer led mentoring programs and works with departments to develop new academic support programs. She also helps coordinate Oxford Day (orientation for Oxford Continuees), Transfer Student Advising and Probation Advising. Dean Obrentz received her BA from Washington University in St. Louis, double majoring in Psychology and Spanish; she received her MS in Professional Counseling and PhD in Educational Psychology from Georgia State University.