Deans & Senior Leadership of Emory College

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Michael A. Elliott

Dean, Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Charles Howard Candler Professor of English, English and American Studies


Michael A. Elliott, Charles Howard Candler Professor of English, was named Dean of Emory College of Arts and Sciences in May 2017. The recipient of several prestigious research fellowships, he has authored two books on subjects related to American literary and intellectual history. He also serves on the editorial board of The Norton Anthology of American Literature. He has previously served in the Emory College central administration as senior associate dean for faculty from 2009-2014, as executive associate dean from 2014-2015, and as interim dean of Emory College from 2016-2017. He completed his Ph.D. at Columbia University in 1998.

Susan Lee

Executive Assistant to Dean Michael Elliott, Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Manager of Faculty Appointments, Office of the Faculty

Lynette Lee

Susan Lee assists Emory College Dean Michael Elliott with all aspects of his office. As manager of faculty appointments, she handles the administration of College’s processes for new faculty offer letters, emeritus appointments, chair appointments, and faculty retirement agreements.

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Carla Freeman

Executive Associate Dean, Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Goodrich C. White Professor of Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies

Shannon DeMyers

As Executive Associate Dean of Emory College, Freeman works with Dean Michael Elliott to lead the College’s academic mission, and spearhead initiatives related to faculty leadership development, faculty mentorship, social justice and inclusion, and partnerships with other units across the University. She served as Senior Associate Dean of Faculty from 2014-2020.

Freeman is the Goodrich C. White Professor of Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies and is affiliated faculty in Anthropology and Latin American & Caribbean Studies. An anthropologist of labor and globalization, she has authored two books on the gender and culture of work and edits the Oxford University Press series, Issues of Globalization (with Li Zhang, UC Davis). She completed her Ph.D. at Temple University in 1993 and joined the Departments of Anthropology and Women's Studies at Emory in 1995.

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Joanne Brzinski

Senior Associate Dean, Office for Undergraduate Education

Andrea Lentz

Joanne Brzinski is the Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in Emory College of Arts and Sciences. In this role, she oversees the Office of Undergraduate Education and the staff involved in academic affairs and academic programs supported by Emory College.

Dean Brzinski completed her Ph.D. at University of Michigan, focusing on elections and political parties in Europe. She has been at Emory since September 1992, initially as an assistant professor in political science and in 1999, became an assistant dean in Emory College. As an assistant and then associate dean in OUE, she worked with National Scholarships and Fellowships advising, directed first-year advising, and established the SIRE Undergraduate Research program. She has previously served as president of the National Association of Fellowships Advisors. Dean Brzinski joined the central College administration in 2008.

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Ronald L. Calabrese

Senior Associate Dean, Office for Research Funding Support

Connie Copeland

Ronald L. Calabrese (Ron) joined the College administration in 2015 as Senior Associate Dean for Research, where he coordinates efforts to promote and support research by the faculty in the Arts and Sciences, including the PERS program. He also works with the Office for Undergraduate Education to promote research by Emory College students. He received his Ph.D. in neurobiology from Stanford University in 1975, and after postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley and UC San Diego, and a faculty appointment at Harvard University, he came to the Department of Biology at Emory in 1986. His research focuses on the motor pattern formation by the nervous system and combines electrophysiological and computational approaches.

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Deboleena Roy

Senior Associate Dean, Office of the Faculty

Shannon DeMyers

Deboleena Roy was appointed Senior Associate Dean for Faculty in Fall 2020. She is Professor of Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology (NBB) and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) at Emory. She previously served as chair of WGSS. She also serves as Associate Faculty in the Neuroscience Program, Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Emory.

Roy received her PhD in reproductive neuroendocrinology and molecular biology from the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto. She joined Emory in 2009. Her research and teaching explore interdisciplinary exchanges between the natural sciences and humanities, and she has dedicated her career to creating new conversations between feminism, philosophy of science, reproductive justice, molecular biology, and neuroscience.

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Garett Heysel

Associate Dean, Office of International and Summer Programs

Samantha Lamon

Garett Heysel is Associate Dean for the Office of International and Summer Programs in Emory College of Arts and Sciences. His office is responsible for Emory College study abroad, summer, and online academic programs.

Prior to joining Emory in September 2020, he was senior associate director of the University Honors and Scholars Center at The Ohio State University, and then Assistant Dean and Director of Global Education of the College of Arts and Sciences where he was responsible for curriculum in Arts and Humanities and internationalization across the college.

Heysel has taught at Connecticut College, Utah State University, and Lycoming College where he was associate professor and chair of modern language studies. Heysel was also dean of the French Language Village at Concordia Language Villages in Minnesota for 14 summers. His research interests involve the intersections of queer desire and corporeal representation in avant-garde art, popular press, film and literature and he has published in the areas of 19th and 20th-century French literature, culture, and film.

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Kevin Karnes

Associate Dean for the Arts, Arts at Emory


Kevin Karnes was appointed in Fall 2020 as the Associate Dean for the Arts, a new position in the College administration. In this role, Karnes works across the College and the University on a wide range of arts-related initiatives that center the arts in institutional conversations about research, learning, and civic engagement. He partners with faculty, students, and institutional leaders to build programs in the creative and performing arts, including teaching and creative partnerships with Atlanta artists and arts organizations.

He also serves as executive director of the College’s Center for Creativity and Arts and is a professor in the Department of Music. He earned his PhD from Brandeis in 2001 and is a historical musicologist.

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Beverly Clark

Director, Communications Office

Beverly Cox Clark is a graduate of the University of Georgia where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She has worked in the field of higher education public relations and communications for more than 20 years. Clark joined Emory College of Arts and Sciences as its first Director of Communications in 2015. She previously served in Emory University’s central Communications and Public Affairs division as Senior Communications Officer and Associate Director of Media Relations.

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Kate Lawlor

Executive Director of Development, Advancement and Alumni Engagement

Barbara W. Cooper

Jose Rodriguez

Chief Business Officer, Business Operations Office


Jose Rodriguez was appointed Chief Business Officer of Emory College of Arts and Sciences in August 2021. He is responsible for guiding management of the College’s financial resources and leading the finance administration, facilities, information technology, and research administration services groups.

Rodriguez previously served as Emory University’s Assistant Vice President of Budget Planning & Analysis and earlier as the Chief Business Officer for Emory’s Laney Graduate School. He joined Emory in 2008 and has more than 20 years of experience in finance, budgeting and forecasting, analysis, and business administration. He earned both his Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees in Finance from Georgia State University.

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Laura Papotto

Chief of Staff, Emory College

Senior Director, Human Resources

Senior Director, Faculty Operations


Laura Papotto is responsible for overseeing all College human resources operations and staff-related strategic initiatives. She serves as the College Office Human Resources liaison to the Emory University Human Resources Division, and represents the College on the Human Resources Leadership Committee.

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