Office of the Provost


Office of the Provost

Dr. Missy AlexanderDr. Missy Alexander, Provost & V.P. of Academic Affairs


What is a Provost?

The Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost is the chief academic administrator at Western Connecticut State University and responsible for all aspects of the academic mission—from recruitment of students to the administration of the schools and other units that are central to the academic enterprise.  The Provost collaborates with the President in setting academic priorities and provides leadership for the school and college deans and their faculties.


Read a Welcome from Dr. Missy Alexander, Provost & V.P. of Academic Affairs

Academic Deans

Dr. Michelle Brown

Dr. Michelle Brown, Dean 
Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences
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Phone: (203) 837-9400
Warner Hall, Room 300

Dr. Missy Alexander

Mr. Brian Vernon, Dean 
School of Visual and Performing Arts
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Phone: (203) 837-8851
Visual and Performing Arts Center, Room 104A

Dr. Joan Palladino

Dr. Joan Palladino, Interim Dean
School of Professional Studies & Ancell School of Business
(203) 837-9500
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White Hall, Room 123

Department Chairs


Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences


Dr. Theodora Pinou
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Dr. Russell Selzer
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(203) 837-8448

Dr. Paula Secondo, associate chair
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(203) 837-8795

Communication & Media Arts

Dr. William Petkanas, co-chair
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Dr. Katie Lever-Mazzuto, co-chair

Computer Science

Dr. Daniel Coffman
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(203) 837-8746

Dr. Gancho Ganchev, associate chair
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(203) 837-9349

History & World Perspectives

Dr. Wynn Gadkar-Wilcox, co-chair
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Dr. Joshua Rosenthal, co-chair
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(203) 837-8449


Dr. Michael Shoushani
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(203) 837-8745

Philosophy & Humanistic Studies

Dr. Çiğdem Usekes, co-chair
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(203) 837-3282

Dr. Anna Maria Malavisi, co-chair
(203) 837-3271

Physics, Astronomy & Meteorology

Robert Eisenson
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(203) 837-8989

Dr. Dennis Dawson, associate chair
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(203) 837-8671


Dr. Daniel Barrett
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(203) 837-8869

Dr. Patricia O’Neill, associate chair
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(203) 837-9383

Social Sciences

Dr. Carina Bandhauer
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(203) 837-8650

Dr. Christine Hegel-Cantarella, associate chair
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(203) 837-3914

World Languages & Cultures

Dr. Galina Bakhtiarova
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(203) 837-8734

Writing and Literature

Dr. Brian Clements
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(203) 837-8876


Ancell School of Business


Dr. Michele W. Ganon
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(203) 837-8742


Dr. Annie Wong
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(203) 837-8577 

Division of Justice & Law Administration

Dr. Kim Marino
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(203) 837-3973


Dr. Stanley Bazan
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(203) 837-9238

Management Information Systems

Dr. Richard Montague
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(203) 837-9343


Dr. Ronald Drozdenko
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(203) 837-8776


School of Professional Studies

Education & Educational Psychology

Dr. Katherine Roe, chair
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(203) 837-3263

Health Promotion and Exercise Science

Dr. Emily Stevens, chair
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(203) 837-3903

Ms. Krista Heybruck, associate chair
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(203) 837-3903


Dr. Jeanette Lupinacci
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(203) 837-8570

Social Work

Dr. Karen McLean
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(203) 837-8937


School of Visual and Performing Arts


Ken Scaglia
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(203) 837-3975


Dr. Laurel Larsen
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(203) 837-8353

Jamie Begian, associate chair
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(203) 837-8637

Theatre Arts

Dr. Justin Cowan
(203) 837-8476

Joni Johns-Lerner, associate chair
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(203) 837-3984