Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences
Professor Berger-Sweeney was appointed Dean of the School of Arts
and Sciences as of August 23, 2010. She comes to us from Wellesley
College, where she was Associate Dean of the College and Allene
Lummis Russell Professor in Neuroscience.
During her tenure as Associate Dean, she sought to improve faculty
recruitment, retention, and professional development and was
responsible for strategic planning initiatives relating to faculty
diversity, interdisciplinary programs, and non-tenure-track faculty.
Professor Berger-Sweeney has demonstrated a strong commitment to
critical issues such as need-blind admissions and increased
financial aid. Her passion for teaching and the creation of new
knowledge is reflected by the impressive credentials of the students
and fellows she has guided through a thesis or independent study and
by the accomplishments of her mentees from the Minority Mentoring
Program at Wellesley, in which she has been active since 1998.
Wellesley undergraduates appear as co-authors on a number of
Professor Berger-Sweeney's scholarly publications
A 1979 graduate of Wellesley, Professor Berger-Sweeney received an
M.P.H. in environmental health sciences from the University of
California, Berkeley, in 1981, and a Ph.D. in neurotoxicology from
the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 1989.
Professor Berger-Sweeney's research focuses on the neurobiology of
learning and memory. Her research includes behavioral, neurochemical,
and anatomical studies, all aimed at understanding mechanisms
involved in normal memory and cognitive processes and how these
processes malfunction in neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative
disorders, such as Rett syndrome and Alzheimer's disease. Her work
has been recognized by a National Science Foundation Young
Investigator award, among other honors. She holds, with Dr. Rachael
Neve, a patent for a model for studying Alzheimer's disease-like
neuropathology and associated cognitive impairment.
She is a member of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, and has
served on numerous national and professional boards and committees.
She has been a member of the editorial board of Behavioral
Neuroscience, the Behavioral Neuroscience Review Panel of the
National Science Foundation, and an NIH Study Section panel.
Widely acknowledged for her efforts to increase diversity in the
biological sciences, she received a Lifetime Mentoring Achievement
Award from the Society for Neuroscience in 2006. In May of this
year, the HistoryMakers organization, a national nonprofit research
and educational institution, honored her as one of the nation's
leading African-American scientists.
Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Students
John Barker came to Tufts University from the University of
Miami in 2012 as the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Students. In
this newly reconfigured position, Dr. Barker has overall
responsibility for enhancing the undergraduate and graduate
student experience in the School of Arts and Sciences and
strengthening the integration of university-wide undergraduate and
graduate academic and cocurricular initiatives.
Prior to his arrival at Tufts, Dean Barker was assistant provost
of undergraduate education at the University of Miami in Florida,
with the scope of university-wide responsibilities in the areas of
undergraduate research, diversity, academic counseling and advocacy,
and academic achievement. He was also the founding director of the
Office of Academic Enhancement. His overall portfolio included the
honors program; multicultural student affairs; programs of academic
excellence; and the academic and career advisors in residence,
academic fellows, special interest housing, and prestigious awards
In addition, Dean Barker served as a faculty master for one of the
University of Miami's residential colleges and as an adjunct faculty
member in the university's Department of Educational and
Psychological Studies, in Miami's School of Education.
A graduate of the State University of New York Oswego where he
majored in political science and history, Dean Barker holds a
doctorate in higher education from the University of Rochester.
Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Nancy Bauer is Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences and
Professor of Philosophy. She joined the Tufts faculty in 1998, after
completing her doctorate in philosophy at Harvard University, from
which she also holds a bachelor of arts in social studies and a
master of theological studies. Her areas of specialization include
feminist philosophy, phenomenology, philosophy and film, and
ordinary language philosophy. She is the author of Simone de
Beauvoir, Philosophy, and Feminism (2001) and How to Do Things With
Pornography (forthcoming), and is currently working on a guidebook
to Beauvoir's The Second Sex. A former Radcliffe fellow, she has
also written numerous articles about the philosophical dimensions of
real-world issues for both academic and nonacademic publications,
including n+1, The New York Times, and The Tehran Times.
Dean Bauer has served as director of graduate Studies and as chair
of the Department of Philosophy. She has also served on the
executive boards of the international relations, women's studies,
peace and justice studies, and communication and media studies
programs. Her teaching awards at Tufts include the Joseph A. and
Lillian Leibner Award for Distinguished Advising and Teaching, the
Undergraduate Initiative in Teaching Award, and Tufts Community
Senate Professor of the Year.
Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Enrollment Management
Lee Coffin has served as Tufts'
Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Enrollment Management since 2003. Prior to
Tufts he was Dean of Admission at Connecticut College from 1995 to 2001, where he
also held concurrent appointments as Vice President for Enrollment (1998 to 2001)
and Acting Vice President for Public Affairs (2000-01). Dean Coffin held the Millet
Chair in Admissions at Milton Academy from 2001-03 and also served administrative
appointments in Advancement at Trinity College and freshman advising at Harvard
College. In addition to his work in admissions, Dean Coffin also serves as an adjunct
lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he teaches
a seminar entitled "Principles and Policy Issues of College Admissions."
He earned a B.A. with Honors in History from Trinity College and an Ed.M. in
administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University.
Director of Athletics
his fourteenth year as director, Bill Gehling has been at
Tufts for more than forty years, as a student, coach,
and administrator. He graduated in 1974 following an all-star
soccer career and was hired to coach the new women's soccer
program in 1979. During twenty seasons he guided the Jumbos to
the NCAA national quarterfinals in 1998, which was his final
season. In addition to coaching, Gehling took on greater
administrative responsibilities as associate director of
athletics and in July 1999 he became the fifth director of athletics.
Gehling oversees a program that continues to grow in all dimensions.
The Jumbo varsity sports program consistently ranks among the best in
the Learfield Sports Director's Cup, which awards points to schools
based upon their finishes in NCAA events. With nearly one-fifth of
the undergraduates participating in varsity athletics, Tufts student-athletes
annually maintain a cumulative GPA that is equal to the GPA of the
overall undergraduate class.
Under Gehling's leadership, the athletics department expanded its
outreach with a personalized fitness program for the Tufts community
and has seen its facilities grow to include the Steve Tisch Sports and
Fitness Center, a renovated gymnasium, and a new boathouse.
Gehling also advanced to leadership roles within the New England
Small College Athletic Conference and college soccer. He served as
chair of the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship Committee for two years
and as president of the New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer
Association for three years.
Gehling graduated with a bachelor of arts in child study in 1974
and earned a master of arts in education in 1979.
James M. Glaser
Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences
Professor of Political Science
Glaser is Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences and
Professor of Political Science. Prior to assuming this role, he
served as Dean of Undergraduate Education for Arts, Sciences, and
Engineering from 2003 to 2010.
Dean Glaser received his B.A. from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from the
University of California Berkeley. He joined the Tufts faculty in 1991 and the
administration in 2003. A student of electoral politics and political behavior, he is
the author of two books. Both of them, The Hand of the Past in Contemporary Southern
Politics (2005, Yale University Press) and Race, Campaign Politics, and the
Realignment in the South (1996, Yale University Press), received the Southern
Political Science Association's V.O Key Prize awarded to the year's best book on
southern politics. Dean Glaser also has published articles in some of the premiere
journals in the discipline. At the present time, he is at work on a project looking at
group conflict theory and its application to thorny electoral issues.
Dean Link joined Tufts University in February 2013 as executive
administrative dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. Over the
previous ten years, Dean Link held a variety of administrative
positions at Harvard University, most recently as the executive
director of the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology.
There, she spearheaded the development of comprehensive academic and
financial plans and governance structures to support decisions
across school boundaries. She held two other administrative
positions at Harvard: assistant dean of the Faculty of Arts and
Sciences and special projects assistant for the executive dean of
the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, in which she supported academic
endeavors in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural
sciences. Her academic experience also includes the University of
Trento, Italy, where she consulted to the university president.
Executive Administrative Dean for Arts and Sciences
Dean Link's academic background speaks to her intellectual
versatility. A cum laude graduate of Washington University, Dean
Link received her Bachelor of Arts in history. Her Master of Arts
from Georgetown University is in applied linguistics and teaching
English as a second language. She holds a Juris Doctorate magna cum
laude from Vermont Law School, where she served on the Law Review
and received the first prize AmJur Award in torts. She practiced law
at Goodwin Proctor LLP prior to beginning her career in university
Dean of the Graduate School for Arts and Sciences
Professor of Economics
Lynne Pepall received her
Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 1983, and worked as a Research Fellow at the
European University Institute in Florence from 1981-82. In 1983 she became an Assistant
Professor at Concordia University and in 1987 she joined the Department of Economics
She was promoted to Professor of Economics in 2003 and served as Chair of Economics
for 2005-06. Dean Pepall's primary field of research is industrial organization and
the economics of imperfect competition. She has published her work in many leading
economic journals including Journal of Finance,
Economic Journal, Journal of Business, International Journal of Industrial
Organization, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, and Journal of
Industrial Economics. She is also a co-author of the textbook Industrial
Organization: Contemporary Theory and Practice. Dean Pepall's current research
is focused on two areas: information and complementarities in business development,
and civic engagement and the nonprofit sector.
Director of Tisch Library
Laura Wood joined Tufts University in 2011 as the director of Tisch Library.
She is the current chair of the University Library Council. From 2004 to 2011,
she was the librarian of Andover-Harvard Theological Library at Harvard
Divinity School. Prior to working at Harvard, Laura held the position of
technical services librarian and periodicals librarian at Pitts Theology
Library, Emory University. Beyond Tufts, she serves on the Board of Directors
for the Boston Library Consortium and for DuraSpace, and was previously a
board member and board president for the American Theological Library Association.
Laura holds the following degrees: M.B.A. from Emory University; M.S. in
Information and Library Sciences from the University of Michigan; M.A. in
Religion magna cum laude from Yale Divinity School; and B.A. magna cum laude
from Mount Holyoke College.