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About the College of Arts and Sciences

Leadership & Staff

Contact the Dean’s Office

Tykeson Hall
College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office
Fourth Floor, Tykeson Hall
1030 East 13th Ave
Eugene, OR 97403-1245

Dean of Arts and Sciences

CAS Dean Chris Poulsen

Chris Poulsen

Tykeson Dean of Arts and Sciences
Fourth Floor, Tykeson Hall
Executive support: Jennifer Crowder

Chris Poulsen oversees the operations of the College of Arts and Sciences, which offers 50 major degree programs in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, and includes 900 faculty members and more than 2,000 employees. He sits on the Academic Leadership Team and the Dean’s Council. Before coming to the UO, Poulsen was the Associate Dean for Natural Sciences in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan (2018-2022). He is an earth scientist who also served as chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at U-M (2014-2018).

Associate Deans & Directors

CAS Natural Sciences Dean Eliot Berkman

Elliot Berkman

Divisional Associate Dean, Natural Sciences
Fourth Floor, Tykeson Hall
Executive support: Rory Sweeney

Elliot Berkman is a professor in the Department of Psychology, co-director of the Center for Translational Neuroscience and core faculty member of The Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health. He joined the University of Oregon in 2010 and has since contributed significantly to the fields of cognitive and social neuroscience and health psychology, receiving awards for his research. He has also served the UO in different capacities: chair of the Vice President for Research and Innovation’s Research Advisory Board (2017-19), a member of the Task Force on the Structure of the College of Arts and Sciences (2018-19), a member of the CAS Dean’s Advisory Council (2019-20), a member of the President and Provost’s Faculty Advisory Council (2019-21 and 2022-23), and as UO Senate President (2020-21).


Jamie Bufalino

Jamie Bufalino

Associate Dean, Student Success
Fourth Floor, Tykeson Hall
Executive support: Ellen Baldwin

Jamie Mayhew Bufalino is a senior instructor in the department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She also directs the General Social Sciences Program at the University of Oregon. She joined the Dean's Leadership team in the summer of 2022. Prior to her appointment as Associate Dean, she served for two years as the Student Success Liaison for the College of Arts and Sciences.


Social Sciences Dean Bruce McGough

Bruce McGough

Divisional Associate Dean, Social Sciences
Fourth Floor, Tykeson Hall
Executive support: Olga Montes

Bruce McGough is a professor in the Department of Economics and has been a faculty member of the University of Oregon since 2012. During his tenure, he has held numerous leadership positions, including department head of economics from 2016 to 2019. He has also served on university-wide groups, such as Senate Budget Committee, the UO Senate, and the Summer Session Review Group. From 2012 to 2016, he was the co-editor of the academic journal Economic Inquiry, and he is the associate editor on two journal boards. In 2016, he received a National Science Foundation grant, and in 2021 he was awarded the Faculty Excellence Award. McGough will serve through June 2026.


Sherri Nelson

Sherri Nelson

Associate Dean, Finance and Administration
Fourth Floor, Tykeson Hall
Executive support: Stephanie Webster

Sherri Nelson has been the Assistant Dean for Budget and Finance since 2015 and has played key roles in several university-wide projects, as well. As assistant dean, she is the principal fiscal officer for the College. This includes coordinating development, implementation and management of the annual budget process. She also manages ongoing business and financial transactions. Nelson serves as a liaison between the dean and the divisional deans, directors and managers, and the university Budget and Resource Planning office, Business Affairs, Human Resources, the Graduate School and the University of Oregon Foundation.


Jennifer Pfeifer

Jennifer Pfeifer

Associate Dean, Research and Scholarship
Fourth Floor, Tykeson Hall
Executive support: Rory Sweeney

Jennifer Pfeifer is a professor in the Department of Psychology. Since joining the University of Oregon in 2008, she has held a variety of advisory positions: co-director of the Center for Translational Neuroscience, co-director of National Scientific Council on the Developing Adolescent and science advisor for the social innovation center Hopelab. She also played a central role in the development and launch of the Ballmer Institute for Children's Behavioral Health. Her research work has been funded by several organizations, including the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Science Foundation — and more. She has also worked with early career researchers, fostering their success in ways that help advance and diversify the UO.


Nadia Singh

Nadia Singh

Associate Dean, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Fourth Floor, Tykeson Hall
Executive support: Olga Montes

Nadia Singh is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and a member of the Institute of Ecology and Evolution. In 2016, Singh joined the University of Oregon, and she studies fruit flies as a model to study the genetics of the evolutionary process. While at the UO, she has worked toward diversity, equity and inclusion through her research, teaching and service. For two years, she chaired the Biology Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She was also the Associate Vice President of Research in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, where she helped develop a strategic plan for advancing DEI. Singh will serve through June 2026.


Harry Wonham

Harry Wonham

Divisional Associate Dean, Humanities
Fourth Floor, Tykeson Hall
Executive support: Olga Montes

Harry Wonham joined the CAS leadership team in January, 2020 as the Divisional Dean for Humanities. He has been a member of the UO faculty in the Department of English since 1995, serving as its Head from 2006 to 2012. He also served as Head of the Department of Theatre Arts from 2017 through 2019. His wide-ranging service to the university includes membership on the UO Faculty Personnel Committee (chair, 2014-15), the CAS Dean’s Advisory Group, the CAS Curriculum Committee (chair, 2003-04), the Undergraduate Council, and the Oregon Humanities Center Advisory Board.

Dean’s Office Staff

Ellen Baldwin

Executive Support Specialist
Supports Jamie Bufalino
Fourth Floor, Tykeson Hall

CAS Curriculum Coordinator

Jennifer Crowder

Executive Assistant
Supports Chris Poulsen
Fourth Floor, Tykeson Hall

Anna Duncan

Project Coordinator
Fourth Floor, Tykeson Hall

Denice Gray

Strategic Research Analyst
Fourth Floor, Tykeson Hall


Angela Jimenez

Director of Faculty Personnel and Policy
Fourth Floor, Tykeson Hall

Tom Johnston

Fiscal Coordinator
Fourth Floor, Tykeson Hall

Jules Jones

Academic Personnel Manager
Fourth Floor, Tykeson Hall

Rachel Kahn

Project Coordinator
Fourth Floor, Tykeson Hall


Echo Mendiguren-Dalton

Administrative Program Specialist for Operations
Fourth Floor, Tykeson Hall

Olga Montes

Executive Assistant
Supports Bruce McGough, Nadia Singh, and Harry Wonham
Fourth Floor, Tykeson Hall

Tia Olwick

Executive Assistant
Supports Jennifer Pfeifer, Catherine Soutar, and Joe Sventek
Fourth Floor, Tykeson Hall

Amy Salmore

Assistant Director for Planning, Design and Facilities
Fourth Floor, Tykeson Hall


Lisa Mick Shimizu

Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives
Fourth Floor, Tykeson Hall

Rebeca Silva Rivera

Project Coordinator
Fourth Floor, Tykeson Hall

Catherine Soutar

Director of Planning, Design and Facilities
Fourth Floor, Tykeson Hall

Executive Support: Tia Olwick

Rory Sweeney

Executive Assistant
Supports Elliot Berkman and Jenn Pfeifer
Fourth Floor, Tykeson Hall

CAS Communications

Hannah Heckart

Social Media Coordinator
UO Annex, Suite 5

Henry Houston

Information Representative
UO Annex, Suite 5

Cathy Kralik

Senior Director of Communications
UO Annex, Suite 5

Nicole Krueger

Communications Coordinator
UO Annex, Suite 5


Fei Tsai

Web Communications Technician
UO Annex, Suite 5


CAS Grant Services

Mark Adams

Accounting Technician
Fourth Floor, Tykeson Hall

Stephanie Gray

Grant and Research Administrator
127 Straub Hall

Alayne Switzer

Grant and Contract Coordinator
227 Oregon Hall

Anna Wood

Research Admin Coordinator
Fourth Floor, Tykeson Hall

Roger Woods

Grants and Contracts Technician
125 Straub Hall

CAS Development Office

Sarah Bungum

Associate Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship
204 Agate

Renee Gordon

Sr. Director of Development
209 Agate