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 


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


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