Betsy Sandlin | Interim Dean of the College

WALSH-ELLETT 123 | 931.598.1248


Prior to becoming the Interim Dean of the College, Dr. Sandlin was Associate Dean of the College for Inclusive Development of Faculty and Curriculum since 2019. Dr. Sandlin’s primary role was to support faculty in all areas of their work at all stages of their career. She oversaw the Center for Teaching, which she co-directed for four years prior to taking on her role as Associate Dean of the College. She has been a professor in the Spanish department since 2004. She publishes articles on contemporary Puerto Rican literature and has led workshops and publishes on faculty development topics ranging from equitable teaching practices to inclusive syllabus design to community building. Dr. Sandlin has participated in extensive professional development related to diversity, equity, and inclusion and serves on the institutional DEI team. She earned her Ph.D. in Latin American literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and grew up in rural Kentucky. The first in her family to go to college, Dr. Sandlin is an advocate and mentor for first-gen students. In her free time, she volunteers in community theatres with her husband and teen daughter.


Sandy Carr | Executive Assistant to the Dean of the College

WALSH-ELLETT 122 | 931.598.1248


Sandy Carr is the Executive Assistant to the Dean of the College. Her role is to support the Dean of the College and coordinate division operations and faculty hiring. She has over sixteen years of experience in higher education, including nine years in the Executive Offices working with Sewanee's governing boards before moving to Academic Affairs. Her professional experience prior to Sewanee was in finance and small business.


Alex Bruce | Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs & Professor of English

WALSH-ELLETT 117 | 931.598.1919


As Associate Dean of the College for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Dean Bruce assists students with academic matters, advises the Honor Council, serves as the campus liaison to the Fulbright and other scholarship programs, and manages and reviews the assessment of academic programs. He earned his BA from Sewanee and his MA and Ph.D. in English from the University of Georgia. As a member of the English faculty, he teaches courses on Old English, the history of the English language, and medieval topics. He has published books and articles on topics including medieval English literature, linguistics, Tolkien studies, folklore and folktales, Tennessee history, and pedagogy.


Deon T. Miles | Interim Associate Dean of the College for Inclusion & Faculty Development

WALSH-ELLETT 115 | 931.598.3304


In addition to his role as the Interim Associate Dean of the College, Prof. Miles has been a member of the Chemistry Department since 2002. He served as co-director of the Center for Teaching for 4 1/2 years after co-chairing the task force that reimagined and revitalized the CFT. Prof. Miles led the creation of many of the CFT’s now-signature programs and designed the physical space that remains in operation today. As former chair of the Chemistry Department, he has experience with faculty recruitment and retention, mentorship, and review processes. He earned his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and grew up in Gary, Indiana. His research interests involve the synthesis and analysis of water-soluble nanoparticles, which are used as sensors. In his free time, he and his wife can be found outside following their two teenage boys as they participate in various youth sports.



Deborah A. McGrath | Assistant Dean for the Environment & Professor of Biology

SPENCER HALL 163 | 931.598.1991


Deborah is a Professor of Biology and the Carl Biehl Professor of International Studies. She earned a BA with majors in Economics and International Relations at the University of Wisconsin Madison, a M.S. in Forest Resources and Conservation and a Ph.D. in Forest Ecology from the University of Florida. Her research often involves communities and focuses on understanding and managing biogeochemical cycles in wetland and forested ecosystems to address environmental challenges in human-dominated landscapes. Since her days as a Peace Corps volunteer, she has worked with farmers in Africa, Brazil, Haiti and Tennessee to manage more sustainable agroecosystems that provide ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration. She has taken student research groups to China and Haiti as well as taught students at a University in China. In Sewanee, she teaches courses in Agroecology, Environmental Health and Justice, Ecology and Field Biology. As Assistant Dean for the Environment, she coordinates Sewanee’s six environmental majors. A mother of two grown sons, she enjoys learning new languages, yoga, hiking in the forest with her dogs, gardening and cooking.


Brittany Vaughan | Assistant Director for Faculty Affairs

WALSH-ELLETT 124 | 931.598.1187


As Assistant Director for Faculty Affairs, Brittany provides support to faculty members for financial reporting and budget management related to academic departments, travel, and grants; provides administrative support to faculty in the tenure and review and annual activity reporting processes; manages Sewanee’s Institutional Review Board; and works closely with the Sponsored Research Officer to ensure proper stewardship of external grant funds. Before working in the Dean's Office, Brittany held positions in Student Life and the Vice-Chancellor's Office. Prior to Sewanee, her professional experience includes medical billing and coding, and office management. She earned a master of science degree in strategic leadership and graduate certificates in diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace, community and organizational leadership, and academic advising from Austin Peay State University. In her free time, Brittany enjoys reading, attending Nashville Soccer Club games, playing World of Warcraft, and renovating her century-old home on campus. To make an appointment with Brittany, CLICK HERE.

Jessica Baine | Office Coordinator

WALSH-ELLETT 116 | 931.598.1201



As Office Coordinator, Jessica provides administrative support to the deans in various capacities, including acting as liaison between the deans and external and internal constituents; scheduling and planning meetings; supporting the work of the Honor Council; and planning and arranging travel, itineraries, and events for faculty working groups and academic departments. She comes with 11 years of experience in program management for mental health organizations that focus on integrative rehabilitation, ADA accommodations, and creating meaningful opportunities for individuals who are challenged with a severe and persistent mental illness or other disability. Jessica has a Bachelor of Social Work from Middle Tennessee State University. She is pursuing a Master’s in Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine. In her spare time, Jessica loves spending time in the garden and finding inspiration from the teachings of nature.



Andrea Hatcher | Special Assistant to the Dean for Faculty Retention & Policy

CARNEGIE HALL 318 | 931.598.1652


As an ACS Mellon Academic Leadership Fellow, Dr. Hatcher is Special Assistant to the Dean for Faculty Retention and Policy. In this role, she focuses on developing policies for faculty recruitment, hiring, and retention by prioritizing goals of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. She also is Alfred Walter Negley Professor of Politics and teaches courses in American political institutions, constitutional law, Southern politics, voting, and religion and politics. She earned her Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University where she trained in the study of Congress. Her book Majority Leadership in the U.S. Senate: Balancing Constraints (Cambria Press, 2010) is the first comprehensive study of the office of Senate Majority Leader. Her research has turned to religion and politics, particularly the comparative political behaviors of American and British Evangelicals on which she published Political and Religious Identities of British Evangelicals (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). Her research in progress considers developments in the politics of British Evangelicals since Europe’s immigration crisis, Brexit, and the rise of global Christian nationalism. Dr. Hatcher is also a member of the Tennessee Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.



Katherine Theyson | Special Assistant to the Dean for Curriculum & Data

 CARNEGIE HALL 210 | 931.598.1146


As Special Assistant to the Dean for Curriculum and DataDr. Theyson assists academic programs and the Dean’s office with making data-informed decisions about curriculum and course offerings. Dr. Theyson has been a professor in the department of Economics and Finance since 2010 and also serves as department chair. She publishes research on the factors contributing to environmental regulation in the United States and the impact of that regulation on the environment and economy. A true believer in the value of broad liberal arts education—she earned a BA in Chemistry at North Carolina State University and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Theyson lives in Sewanee with her son where she plays the (last chair) bassoon in the Sewanee Symphony Orchestra.



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