Dean's Leadership Team
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.
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 of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor of Philosophy
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.
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.
Interim Director of Communications, School of Arts and Sciences
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.
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.
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
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 of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences
Professor of Political Science
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
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.
Senior Director of Development, School of Arts and Sciences
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 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.
Director of Tisch Library