Deans & Senior Leadership of Emory College

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Michael Elliot

Interim Dean, Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Professor of English, English and American Studies

Michael A. Elliott, Professor of English, was named Interim Dean of Emory College of Arts and Sciences in August 2016.  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, and as executive associate dean from 2014-2015. He completed his Ph.D. at Columbia University in 1998.

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Joanne Brzinski

Senior Associate Dean, Office for Undergraduate Education

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

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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Carla Freeman

Senior Associate Dean, Office of the Faculty

Carla Freeman joined the College administration in 2014 as Senior Associate Dean of Faculty, overseeing 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. She serves as the College office liaison to the College Tenure & Promotion Committee and to the College Affirmative Action Committee. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Temple University in 1993 and joined the departments of Anthropology and Women's Studies at Emory in 1995. Her research and teaching focus on the culture and political economy of globalization, and the relationships between gender, labor and social class.

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Sally Gouzoules

Associate Dean, Office of Summer and International Programs

Executive Director, Center for International Programs Abroad

Sally Gouzoules is the Associate Dean for International and Summer Programs (OISP) in Emory College of Arts and Sciences. In this role, she oversees the staff involved in the planning and administration of all Emory College study abroad programs as well as all summer academic programs offered on Emory campus, including Maymester, Summer School, and Pre-College programs. OISP is currently working with faculty to incorporate online courses into the summer school curriculum. She previously served in  Emory's Anthropology department where she was an associate chair and, for several years, Director of Undergraduate Studies. She is also a faculty member in the Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology program. She has a longstanding interest in promoting study abroad opportunities for undergraduates as well as online education. Dean Gouzoules earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and did postdoctoral work at Rockefeller University before coming to Emory. Her research has focused on the communication systems of nonhuman primates, especially macaque monkeys, and the evolution of social behavior and language.

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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 15 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. She serves on the Emory Scholars Selection Committee and is a 2015 graduate of Leadership DeKalb.

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Laura Papotto

Senior Director, Human Resources Office

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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Carol A. King

Chief Business Officer, Business Operations Office

Carol A. King joined Emory College of Arts and Sciences as Chief Business Officer on January 15, 2015. King previously served five years with the City of Atlanta as the Chief Budget Officer. She has more than 18 years of experience in financial analysis, budgeting, operational/capital project development and analysis, financial and management accounting, and performance reporting. She has worked on multi- million dollar projects as a consultant, including ERP projects. She has also worked on multi-billion dollar operational and capital budgets while developing a five- year plan. King received her bachelor’s in accounting and MBA with a concentration in finance degrees from Florida A&M University.

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Rhonda Davidson

Executive Director, Development and Alumni Relations

Rhonda Davidson received undergraduate degrees from Emory's Oxford College and Goizueta Business School. She also earned an MBA from Boston University and spent the first half of her career in the banking industry. She has worked in the field of development for more than 15 years. Davidson joined Emory College's Development and Alumni Relations team in 2009 as a major gift officer and became Executive Director in 2016 after serving in an interim role since 2015. She is a 2002 graduate of Leadership DeKalb and an avid tennis player.

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