A Short Guide to the Office of the Dean of the College: Areas of Focus

Terry L. Papillon, Dean of the College & Professor of Classics

931.598.1248 / tlpapill@sewanee.edu / Walsh-Ellett 123 


Alex Bruce, Associate Dean of the College for Undergraduate Academic Affairs & Associate Professor of English

931.598.1919 / ambruce@sewanee.edu / Walsh-Ellett 117

  • Serve as chief academic support officer
  • Coordinate academic assessment
  • Manage the withdrawal and readmission process
  • Advise the student-led Honor Council
  • Act as academic liaison to the Office of Advising, the Sewanee Career Center, the Center for Undergraduate Research, the First-Year Program, the Babson Center for Global Commerce, the Office of Community Engagement, the pre-health and pre-law programs, and the Collaborative for Southern Appalachian Studies
  • Provide support for the summer pre-college programs 


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

931.598.1991 / dmcgrath@sewanee.edu / Spencer Hall 176A

  • Coordinate with the leaders of the various environmental groups in the college
  • Provide vision and leadership for environmental activities in the college
  • Oversee the communication about what is happening in the college and university about the environment
  • Coordinate activities with the Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability


Betsy Sandlin, Associate Dean of the College for Inclusion and Faculty Development & Professor of Spanish

931.598.1254 / bsandlin@sewanee.edu / Walsh-Ellett 115

  • Faculty development
  • New faculty orientation
  • Admission committee chair
  • University liaison to Posse Foundation
  • Facilitating faculty reviews
  • Faculty hiring (liaison to Appointments Committee)
  • Issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion 


Scott Howard Wilson, Associate Dean of the College for Global Education, Chair of Asian Studies, & Professor of Politics and Asian Studies

931.598.1268 / swilson@sewanee.edu / Carnegie 106

  • Study away advising
  • General questions about the Office of Global Education
  • Support for international students and scholars, including visas
  • Management and support for study away programs
  • Grant making in support of international programs
  • Strategic planning for globalization


Sandy Carr, Executive Assistant to the Dean of the College

931.598.1248 / slcarr@sewanee.edu / Walsh-Ellett 122

  • Perform and manage multiple priorities and provide administrative support for the Dean of the College
  • Communicate and coordinate the employment hiring process and assist in coordination of campus matters for college faculty
  • Enter and maintain college faculty data in Banner/SCT Human Resources module
  • Monitor expenditures and adjust the primary Dean of the College budgets


Abby Colbert, Assistant Counsel for Global Affairs

931.598.3106 / ajcolber@sewanee.edu / Carnegie 105

  • Immigration processes and issues for international faculty, staff, and visitors
  • Legal support for the Office of Global Education (study abroad, foreign students, and travel and study visas)
  • Immigration legal support for other University departments, for faculty, and for non-F1, non-citizen students


Andrea S. Del Balso, International Student Advisor

931.598.1884 / asdelbal@sewanee.edu / Carnegie 110

  • Chief international student advisor
  • Serve as the PDSO and RO at the University
  • Manage immigration processes and paperwork (SEVIS) for F-1 students and J-1 students and scholars 
  • Organize and implement new international student orientation
  • Advise F-1 and J-1 students on non-academic matters, such as insurance, taxes, and other occulteration matters
  • Advise the Organization for Cross-Cultural Understanding (OCCU)


Kristen R. Godsey, Assistant for Finance and Administration

931.598.3196 / krkleinf@sewanee.edu / Walsh-Ellett 116

  • New faculty and selected staff searches
  • Management and monitoring of divisional and departmental operating and restricted budgets
  • Financial Agreements Officer for internal and external faculty research grants
  • Webmaster and HR Liaison for the Dean of the College
  • Institutional Review Board Compliance Officer


Donna Jo Parker, Administrative Assistant

931.598.1187 / dparker@sewanee.edu / Walsh-Ellett 124

  • Provide administrative support for the Associate Dean of the College for Undergraduate Academic Affairs in academic matters and student departures and reinstatements 
  • Provide support to the student-led Honor Council
  • Provide administrative support for the Associate Dean of the College for Faculty Development and Inclusion


Shawnee Scissom, Study Abroad and Office Coordinator

931.598.3551 / sbscisso@sewanee.edu / Carnegie 110

  • Coordinate one-on-one appointments between students and Dean Scott Wilson
  • Schedule Study Abroad interest meetings
  • Schedule visits for representatives from various study abroad programs
  • Assist students in the application process for study abroad
  • Facilitate leaves of absence for those students who are studying away