School of Liberal Arts and Education


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We’re creative, critical thinkers. Communicators and performers. Leaders and change makers. The School of Liberal Arts and Education will prepare you for a productive life of resilience, creativity, critical thinking, and resourcefulness.

The School of Liberal Arts and Education (LAE) fosters a deep commitment to the welfare of our global community and a life-long love of learning while providing our students a foundation for personal and professional success.

We offer 14 diverse undergraduate majors, three graduate degrees and a teacher preparation program. All of our programs allow students to work closely with our outstanding, award-winning professors, in small classes, where every student’s voice counts.

Highly committed to student mentorship and guided by Dominican’s core values of study, service, community, and reflection, our faculty set the standard on Dominican’s campus for engaged learning, as well as for leading local and international educational and service opportunities.

LAE graduates are well-equipped for today’s global job market. Surveys of Fortune 500 companies and major employers in the U.S. suggest that professional success requires organic, cross-disciplinary skills: critical thinking and the ability to capture an idea concisely and articulate it well to others, as well as flexibility and adaptability. All of these are hallmarks of an LAE graduate.



School of Liberal Arts and Education Leadership

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Gigi Gokcek, PhD

Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Education Professor of Political Science

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Engaged Learning and Student Involvement

Liberal arts and education majors internships in Silicon Valley, student-teach throughout the Bay Area, and serve in communities around the world. They hone leadership skills on campus through a literary magazine, debate team, political science club, and other student-led organizations.

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Our Faculty

Our faculty fuel our degree programs, build interdisciplinary partnerships, and promote engaged learning opportunities on campus and in the community.

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School of Liberal Arts and Education: In the News

Faculty and Staff

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Gigi Gokcek, PhD

Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Education Professor of Political Science
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Ari Adduci

Administrative Coordinator
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Natalie Babler

Administrative Manager
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Joan Baranow, PhD

Professor of English
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Zoee Bartholomew, EdD

Director of Special Education Programs & Assistant Professor
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Rebecca Birch, EdD

Assistant Professor and Director of Single Subject Credential Program
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Jenny Bray

Service-Learning Program Manager
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Thomas Burke

Adjunct Professor
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Pauline Camp, MBA

Administrative Manager, Education
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Y. June Oh, MM

Chair, Department of Music, Dance and Performing Arts Associate Professor, Music
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George Faithful, PhD

Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy
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Veronica Fruiht, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology
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Afshin Gharib, PhD

Professor of Psychology
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Julie Grellas, MEd

Director of School and Community Partnerships
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Judy Halebsky, PhD

Director of the MFA Professor of English


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Stuart Horne, MA

Assistant Professor Executive Director, Penguin Radio
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Marina Hotchkiss

BFA in Dance Program Director
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Alison Dana Howard, MA

Associate Professor of Political Science Co-Chair, Division of Public Affairs
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Katie Lewis, PhD

Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Education Department Faculty Development Director
Jordan Lieser

Jordan Lieser, PhD

Associate Professor, History La Vida Dominican Postbaccalaureate Assistant Director
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Jennifer Lucko, PhD

Professor and Program Director, Master of Science in Education
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Gay Lynch, PhD

Assistant Professor, Humanities
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Karen Markowitz, MEd

Credential Analyst & Assessment Manager
Dan May

Dan May, MA

Assistant Professor
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Rosemarie Michaels, MEd, EdD

Professor Education Studies Program Director
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Julie Nakao

Summer Odyssey Program Assistant
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Radica Ostojic-Portello

Adjunct Professor
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William L. Phillips, PhD

Professor of Psychology
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Steven Polacco, MFA

Associate Professor Chair and Director of Graphic Design Program
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Carlos Rodriguez, MA

Assistant Professor of English
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Benjamin D. Rosenberg, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology
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Leslie Ross, PhD

Professor and Chair of Art History and Visual Studies
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Gwen J. Sanders

Adjunct Professor
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Josephine Sanchez, MM

Piano Instructor
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Sophie Schuyler

Assistant Professor
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Lynn Sondag

Professor of Art Honors Program Director
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Laura Stivers, PhD

Professor, Philosophy, Religion, Social Justice Co-Chair Division of Public Affairs
Cynthia Taylor

Cynthia Taylor, PhD

Assistant Professor of History
Elizabeth Truesdell

Elizabeth Truesdell, PhD

Chair, Department of Education Professor of Education
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Bradley E. Van Alstyne, PhD

Assistant Professor of Communications and Media Studies Online Learning and Development
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Julia van der Ryn, MA

Executive Director, Center for Community Engagement Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Social Justice
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Barbara Wampner, MA

Director, Suzuki School of Music Cello Instructor
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Amy R. Wong, PhD

Associate Professor of English Chair of Literature, Language, and Humanities
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Emily S. Wu

Assistant Director of Community Outreach and Project Development, Service-Learning Program Social Justice Faculty
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Iris Dunkle

Adjunct Professor
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Lee Kravetz

Adjunct Instructor

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