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School of Arts and Sciences

Leadership Team

Susan ArdizzoniSusan Garrity Ardizzoni

Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management ad interim

Susan Garrity Ardizzoni first arrived at Tufts in 1989, serving as Associate Director of Admissions for four years. In 1993 she became part of the admissions staff at Yale, serving as an Associate Director of Admissions for 3 years. Returning to Tufts in 1996, she filled a newly created position as Director of Admissions Outreach and then moved to Director of Undergraduate Admissions in 2007. Prior to Tufts, she spent six years at her alma mater Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Dean Ardizzoni earned a degree in History from Allegheny and was the first in her family to receive a college degree.  




 

Nancy BauerNancy Bauer

Dean of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts

Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences


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.




 

Barbara BrizuelaBárbara M Brizuela

Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences

Professor of Education

Dean Brizuela joined the Tufts faculty in 2001, after completing her doctorate at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. She completed her undergraduate degrees in Argentina and her masters degree at Tufts University's Department of Education. She was a school teacher in Argentina before coming to the United States. Her areas of specialization include mathematics education, early childhood education, and cognitive development. She is the author of Mathematical Development in Young Children: Exploring Notations (2004, Teachers College Press), a co-author of Bringing Out the Algebraic Character of Arithmetic: From Children's Ideas to Classroom Practice (2007, Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates, with A. Schliemann and D. Carraher), and a co-editor of three volumes. She has also written numerous articles for some of the leading journals in the field as well as book chapters about children's mathematics education. Her scholarship has been published in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Dean Brizuela has served as director of the STEM Education program and as chair of the Department of Education. She has been a Spencer Foundation research training grantee at Harvard Graduate School of Education, a Fulbright Senior Scholar, and a Schuster Family Faculty Fellow in Arts & Sciences (Tufts University). Her research has been funded by the Spencer Foundation, General Electric Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. At Tufts University, she has received the Teaching and Mentoring Award from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.




 

Robert CookRobert Cook

Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Dean of Research for Arts and Sciences

Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences

Professor of Psychology

Dean Cook began his career at Tufts in 1986 as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. He was promoted to full professor in 1999, and served as department chair from 2005 to 2011. As dean, Dr. Cook supports our current graduate programs at all levels. This includes strengthening the quality and diversity of the graduate student body and integrating career and professional development training in our student education. Dean Cook has studied animal cognition and behavior for more than 25 years. His comparative research, supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, has focused on stimulus control, discrimination learning, and memory in animals. In particular, he is interested in the mechanisms of visual perception and discrimination learning in pigeons and starlings, and their comparative relations to our own perception of the world.

Dean Cook received a B.S. in psychology from Ohio State University and his doctorate in biopsychology from the University of California, Berkeley. He is co-founder and current publisher of Comparative Cognition & Behavior Reviews and has served on the editorial boards of the top journals in animal cognition. Dr. Cook is a member of the American Psychological Association and a past president of the Comparative Cognition Society.




 

Christopher HelmuthChristopher Helmuth

Executive Administrative Dean

As Executive Administrative Dean, Chris Helmuth is the lead administrative representative for the School of Arts and Sciences overseeing the effective use of the school’s resources including personnel, budgets, technology, and facilities. He is also responsible for strategic planning and assessment, financial management and oversight, space planning, and school-based technology.

Previously, Chris served from 2015 to 2018 as Director of Budget Services at Tufts for the Boston Health Sciences Campus including the School of Medicine, the School of Dental Medicine, the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA). Chris has a wealth of experience in financial and administrative management in higher education. Prior to coming to Tufts, he worked at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for nine years, most recently as the Director of Finance & Administration for the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases. Chris earned his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College where he wrote literary fiction, and his B.A. in English from Grove City College.




 

Nancy MahlerNancy Mahler

Senior Director of Development, School of Arts and Sciences

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.  






Dorothy MeaneyDorothy Meaney

Director of Tisch Library

As library director, Dorothy supports the mission of the university and the Schools of Arts, Sciences and Engineering. In addition to managing the day-to-day operation of the libraries, her responsibilities include facilitating and managing teams and resources for large and small projects involving faculty, staff, students and senior administration. She also oversees and supports the Lilly Music Library and the W. Van Alan Clark, Jr. Library at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts.

Prior to coming to Tufts, Dorothy was the director for university planning and assessment in the President's office at Drew University, where she worked for 11 years in positions of increasing responsibility. She served in the library as head of collections and metadata services, participated in the Library/IT review team, and led various groups in developing and implementing the library's strategic plan. During her career, she has been deeply involved in leading change and setting priorities in a rapidly evolving, technology-driven environment. For five years, Dorothy was an elected official, serving on the school board of Madison, NJ, and rising up to the presidency of the board.

Dorothy received her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Georgetown University, and her MLIS from Rutgers University.




 

Amanda RowleyAmanda Rowley

Director of Communications, School of Arts and Sciences

As Director of Communications, Amanda leads the integrated communications strategy for the School of Arts and Sciences. She and her team provide marketing support, strategic communications, and branding guidance to the School of Arts and Sciences, SMFA at Tufts, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences with the goal of enhancing their reputation and visibility to audiences within and beyond Tufts.

Prior to joining Tufts, Amanda held various roles in both the corporate and nonprofit and university sectors. Most recently, she was the Manager of Corporate Communications at AXA Art Americas Corporation, an international specialty fine art insurer, where she oversaw the communications and marketing strategy for the company’s business across North and South America. She has also held positions at Harvard Medical School and Preserve Rhode Island. Amanda received her B.A in Art History and Architectural Studies, magna cum laude, from Tufts University and her M.S. in Integrated Marketing with a concentration in Digital Marketing from New York University.

 




 

Erin SullivanErin Sullivan

Secretary of the Faculty

In her role as secretary of the faculty for the Schools of Arts, Sciences and Engineering, Erin supports the academic mission of the university, providing advice on faculty governance, and managing the processes that link the two schools to the Provost's office.

Prior to joining Tufts in 2017, Erin was the Assistant Director for Faculty Affairs at Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she managed faculty searches and oversaw multiple promotion and tenure processes. Earlier, she managed the faculty recruitment process for the MIT Skoltech Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Erin’s experience in higher ed administration and in consulting includes career services, executive search, faculty recruitment, and management of standing processes related to hiring, promotion, and annual reporting.

Erin earned her Ed.M. in higher education at Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her B.A. in sociology-based human relations from Connecticut College.




 

Sam ThomasSamuel Thomas

Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences


Professor of Chemistry 

Dean Thomas joined the faculty at Tufts in the Department of Chemistry as an Assistant Professor in September of 2009, earning tenure in 2014 and promotion to Professor in 2018. In the classroom, he teaches courses in organic chemistry at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and received a Tufts Teaching with Technology Award in 2013. Dean Thomas also supervises an active research group that focuses on designing new organic materials that respond to light to address problems in energy, sustainability, and human health. Since 2009, the group has published more than 40 papers in leading peer-reviewed journals and has raised more than 3 million dollars of external funding. The research of the Thomas Lab has been recognized by the DARPA Young Faculty Award, an NSF CAREER award, and a 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award.

Dean Thomas earned a B.S. in Chemistry, summa cum laude, from the University of Rochester in 2000, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and earned a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.