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Hobart and William Smith Welcome New Deans

The dean’s offices of Hobart College and William Smith College welcome four new administrators who will offer academic guidance, mentorship and support for HWS students.

In the William Smith Dean’s Office, Dean Lisa Kaenzig P’22 is joined by new Assistant Deans Kelly Payne and Lisa Salter. Following the retirement this spring of Hobart Dean Eugen Baer P’95, P’97, Khuram Hussain has been appointed Interim Hobart Dean, while Joseph Mink joins the office as Interim Assistant Dean along with Assistant Dean David Mapstone ’93, P’21.

“We are excited to welcome our new deans, who bring expertise, insight and leadership to help shape our community’s intellectual culture and enrich the student experience,” says Interim President Patrick A. McGuire L.H.D. ’12. “The dean’s offices play a crucial role in guiding our students to success, and our deans are extraordinary educators and scholars who share Hobart and William Smith’s deep belief that interdisciplinary learning bolstered by a strong system of support is key to student growth and achievement.”

To ensure continuity of student experience, assistant deans will now work with specific classes throughout their four years on campus; Dean Payne will serve for all William Smith students in the Classes of 2020 and 2022 while Dean Salter will work with all William Smith students in the Classes of 2019 and 2021. Dean Mapstone will work with the Hobart Classes of 2019 and 2021, and Dean Mink will work with the Hobart Classes of 2020 and 2022.

“With this team of outstanding professionals whose strengths complement each other, we are looking forward to providing a continued high level of support for our students,” says Dean Kaenzig, who with Provost and Dean of Faculty DeWayne Lucas co-chaired the search committee for the deans. “We believe this new alignment of our deans will be valuable for student retention and success, as well as make it easier for families and colleagues on campus to have a relationship with the respective deans and work as a team with our offices to help our students.”

Dean Hussain, who has served as an associate professor of education, notes the importance of collaboration “with faculty and staff to advocate for our students’ development as scholars and engaged community members. Joe Mink brings his years of student-centered teaching to his work as dean of first years and juniors. David Mapstone’s 15 years in the office inform his new role as dean of sophomores and seniors.” Dean Hussain, who himself brings two decades of experience cultivating students’ intellectual and identity development, says that together the deans will “work to meet students where they are and provide what they need toward their next stage of development.”

Dean Hussain earned a B.A. cum laude from Oswego State University of New York; an M.A. and M.A.T. from Binghamton University; and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University. As an Associate Professor in the HWS Education Department, he has taught courses exploring culturally responsive, community-oriented, democratic education. Prior to joining the Colleges in 2008, he was a New York City social studies teacher and has taught education courses at Syracuse University, as well as at the International Islamic Institute in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Dean Mink, who joined the HWS faculty in 2011 as an assistant professor of political science, holds a B.A. from the University of Denver and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to courses in political science, he has taught American studies and first-year seminars at HWS. His scholarship focuses on constitutive tensions within the American liberal tradition, in particular on the ways that spatiality and embodiment trouble publicity and civility.

With more than 10 years of experience in both administrative and instructional roles in higher education, Dean Payne has taught first-year seminars in the humanities, surveys of American and African American literature, and professional development courses. She holds a B.A. from Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame, Ind.), and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as well as a graduate certificate in 19th century studies. Her research interests include 19th-century American literature and reform as well as topics relating to the history of higher education and civil rights protest.

Dean Salter has been a member of the HWS faculty and staff in a range of roles for more than 10 years. She has served as a visiting faculty member in the psychology and religious studies departments, the first-year seminar program and study abroad terms, and has worked as a member of the William Smith Athletics coaching staff and the HWS Counseling Center. She holds a B.A. from the College of William and Mary, an M.A. from Duke University, a Master of Social Work from the School of Social Work at the University at Buffalo and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

The photo above features (left to right) Interim Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor of Political Science Joseph Mink, Assistant William Smith Dean Kelly Payne, Interim Hobart Dean and  Associate Professor of Education Khuram Hussain and Assistant William Smith Dean Lisa Salter. 

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