Who Does What in the Dean's Office

College of the Arts

Who Does What

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Below is a partial list of administrative areas overseen by members of the Dean's Office staff with whom students, faculty and other members of the University community often seek support. 


Associate Dean, Ronald L. Sharps (sharpsr@mail.montclair.edu or x7817)

  • Faculty, Program, and Institutional assessment
  • Faculty Issues facilitation and mediation
  • Faculty Scholarship Program (FSP) approval
  • Faculty Overload approval
  • Faculty/Staff Grant/Internal Awards Proposal approval
  • Faculty/Staff Travel approval
  • Curriculum approval
  • Course Schedule approval
  • GA/TA Allocations approval
  • College and University Standing/Ad Hoc Committee Elections and Appointments oversight
  • Dean’s Office and CART Administration Time approval
  • Budget oversight and request approval
  • Facilities Request review
  • Contract review
  • Accreditation and FERC Reports review
  • Annual Reports review
  • Strategic Plan review and tracking
  • Dean’s Office and Facilities planning

Assistant Dean, Linda Davidson (davidsonl@mail.montclair.edu or x4218)

  • Student Services management
  • Student Request approval (e.g., academic adjustment forms)
  • Student Issues facilitation and mediation (i.e., concerns requiring dean’s intervention)
  • Student Enrollment and Admission management
  • Student Recruitment and Retention facilitation
  • Student Scholarship oversight
  • Academic Marketing and Communications management
  • Student Career Services and Web Services oversight
  • Alumni Relations facilitation

Director of Administration, Marie Sparks (sparksm@mail.montclair.edu or x7070)

  • School (K-12) Outreach Services/Program implementation
  • Community and International Outreach Services/Program implementation
  • Personnel Management (e.g., HR regulations, faculty line request and search procedures)
  • Personnel Actions processing (i.e. Reappointment, Tenure, Promotion, New Hires, etc.)
  • Faculty Instructional Service Report (ISR) management
  • CART Performance Facilities oversight
  • Faculty Overload management



College Administrator, Zach Battle (battlez@mail.montclair.edu or x5103)

  • Budget and Fiscal management
  • Facilities management
  • Health and Safety oversight
  • Clerical Staff support
  • Clerical Staff training
  • Dean’s Office coordination
  • Course fee adjustments

Executive Assistant to Dean, Alyson Thelin Davison (thelina@mail.montclair.edu or x5104)

  • Dean’s Calendar scheduling and maintenance
  • College and University Policy communication, clarification, and implementation
  • Dean’s travel coordination
  • General Query responses
  • Dean’s Office reception and hospitality
  • Administrative support to the Dean

Student Services and Recruitment Coordinator, Sarah Assalone (assalones@mail.montclair.edu or x7346)

  • Student Engagement coordination (e.g., networking, retention)
  • Student Event coordination (e.g., marketing, recruitment facilitation, convocation, orientation)
  • College Scholarships administrative support
  • Prospective Student communication
  • Supports advising and handling of student concerns 
  • Administrative support to the Assistant Dean

Director of Career Services - VACANCY

  • Student Career Development counseling (e.g., resume writing, job search skills)
  • Student Cooperative Education and Internship advising and tracking
  • Career-related workshops and presentations
  • Employer Relations facilitation

Web Content and Digital Communications Manager, Michael Lyden (lydenm@mail.montclair.edu or x6926)

  • College of the Arts web site management
  • Digital communications and editing
  • Social Network Trend monitoring
  • College News management and marketing support
  • Crowdsourcing management

Program Assistant to Associate Dean, Lynda Gary-Davidson (garydavidsol@mail.montclair.edu or x7815)

  • Institutional Data collection and Annual Report compilation
  • College/University Faculty Committee Elections implementation
  • Faculty/Staff Grant/Internal Awards coordination
  • Faculty Scholarship Program (FSP) coordination
  • Faculty, Program, and Institutional Assessment support
  • Administrative support to the Associate Dean

Program Assistant to Director of Administration, Kathleen Reddington (reddingtonk@mail.montclair.edu or x7071)

  • Human Resource and Programmatic Data collection and filing
  • Personnel Actions processing support (i.e. Reappointment, Tenure, Promotion, New Hires, etc.)
  • School (K-12) Outreach Project coordination
  • Community and International Outreach Project coordination
  • CART’s on-campus residencies and CART Performance Facilities filing and collections
  • Administrative Support to the Director of Administration