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Professor of English


Emily Haddad, Dean and Professor of English, oversees the departments, interdisciplinary programs, and centers that make up the multi-faceted College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She supports the College’s faculty, staff, and students in their teaching, scholarly, and service pursuits, while promoting the liberal arts and sciences as fundamental to an educated citizenry and modern workforce.

Professor Haddad came to the University of Maine in the summer of 2014 after serving as a faculty member and administrator at the University of South Dakota. A graduate of Harvard University, she is a specialist in nineteenth-century British literature and the author of Orientalist Poetics (Ashgate, 2002).


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Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Interdisciplinary Programs
Professor of Philosophy

Jessica Miller coordinates new faculty orientation and other professional development activities for CLAS faculty, administers faculty awards programs, and provides analysis and guidance to the Dean on faculty matters. She serves as the primary Dean’s Office administrative contact for interdisciplinary program directors/coordinators. She identifies, develops, and pursues opportunities to enhance teaching, research and service across disciplines, within the mission of the College.

Jessica is also a Professor in the Department of Philosophy. Her main areas of research are in bioethics and clinical ethics. She is clinical ethicist at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. For her work in developing bioethics trainings and supporting clinical ethics programs throughout the state, she received the 2016 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Faculty Award in Service and Outreach.

Timothy ColeTimothy M. Cole
Associate Dean for Academic and Student Services
Associate Professor of Political Science

Tim Cole supervises student academic policies, procedures, and services in the college and works closely with the Academic Services staff and the Advising Center. He represents the college in its recruitment and retention efforts and assists in curriculum management.  Cole’s scholarly background is in political science; his principal areas of teaching and research interest are American foreign policy and American constitutional law. He previously served as chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Maine. A summary of his research can be found here.


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Director, CLAS Advising and Academic Services Center

John Mascetta, Advising and Student Services Center Director, oversees academic advising for all undeclared CLAS students, newly accepted transfer students and students on academic probation.  He supports the College’s faculty advisors in providing services for students with declared majors and collaborates with Associate Dean Timothy Cole regarding retention initiatives. His background is in higher education and student affairs with a focus in academic advising for the past 7 years. He welcomes any CLAS student to visit the Advising Center for questions ranging in general education requirements, discovering or changing a major and becoming connected on campus.

Michelle GayneMichelle Gayne photo
Assistant Director, CLAS Advising and Academic Services Center


Michelle Gayne, a Maine native, is an alumnus of the University of Maine and holds a Bachelors in Sociology (2003) and a Masters in Higher Education (2005). She re-connected with the University of Maine in Fall 2015 as the new Academic Advisor & Records Specialist for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in Stevens Hall. As part of her full-time position, Michelle instructs two College Success courses (LAS 150) for new students. Michelle will be working with primarily students who are on academic probation.

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Administrative Associate

Donna Taylor-Schmidt is responsible for the day-to-day management of student services in the dean’s office. These include orientation and assigning advisors for new first-year students, transfer students, graduation checks, changes of colleges, majors and minors; incomplete grades, NCAA certification forms, registration, adding and dropping courses and general advising. Schmidt provides information in person and by phone to students, parents, faculty and staff.

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Records Technician II

Elaine O’Leary maintains and updates the new first year student list, is responsible for mailings to prospective and newly matriculated students, and other projects as needed in the Student Services office.

portrait of dawn clossonDawn Closson
Administrative Specialist


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Administrative & Financial Officer


Catherine Metivier manages human resource activities dealing with all faculty, professional and classified staffing. She monitors financial matters working closely with the budget analyst and the dean in setting college priorities. Metivier also provides training and consultation to chairs and directors in the college on a wide array of issues crucial to the management of academic departments/units.

Heather Eddy
Budget Analyst

portrait of derrick cameronDerrick Cameron
Accounting Specialist

portrait of kelly gilksKelly Gilks
Administrative Specialist


Kelly Gilks provides administrative and clerical support in the Dean’s Office. Duties include coordinating the Dean’s and Associate Deans’ calendars, approving classified staff payroll, account reconciliation, preparing correspondence and reports, maintaining databases, coordinating College Committees and elections, taking committee minutes, scheduling meetings, travel arrangements, and other general office duties.


portrait of matt mullenMatt Mullen
Philanthropy Officer for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Brian Jansen
Communication Specialist & Marketing Coordinator
CLAS & School of Performing Arts