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Dean's Leadership Team

John Barker
Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Students

John Barker
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 and scholarships.

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.

Nancy Bauer
Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor of Philosophy

Nancy Bauer
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.

Heidi Brown
Interim Director of Communications, School of Arts and Sciences

Heidi Brown
After graduating from Tufts, Heidi Brown spent the next twenty-five years as a communications specialist serving clients in a variety of industries. Heidi brings to her position a wealth of expertise in marketing, strategic communications, and design and copy editing. An experienced project manager, she has led multifunctional teams in web development and the production of diverse promotional and communication pieces. Prior to joining Tufts, Heidi founded her own consulting firm, helping businesses to define their goals, build websites, and strengthen their brand identities.



Lee Coffin
Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Enrollment Management

Lee Coffin
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.

William Gehling
Director of Athletics

Bill Gehling
Now 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

James Glaser
James 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.

Kathryn Link
Executive Administrative Dean for Arts and Sciences

Kathryn Link
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.

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 administration.

Nancy Mahler
Senior Director of Development, School of Arts and Sciences

Nancy Mahler
As Senior Director of Development, Nancy Mahler leads the major gifts team - the frontline fundraisers for the Tufts Fund for Arts & Sciences and Engineering, Hillel and the Parents Program. She brings more than 20 years of management, development and legal experience to the role.

Nancy began her advancement career in 1999 at Tufts. After leaving Tufts, Nancy was Vice President for the Charitable Asset Management Group of State Street Global Advisors and then Relationship Manager at Kaspick & Company. In both positions, Nancy served as a consultant to college and universities throughout the country and oversaw client service teams. Prior to working in advancement, Nancy practiced law with firms in Philadelphia and Boston.

Nancy received her B.A in political science, magna cum laude, from Tufts University and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. A frequent speaker at development conferences, she has addressed groups on a variety of fundraising topics such as outright gifts of business interests and blended gifts.

Laura Wood
Director of Tisch Library

Laura Wood
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.