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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Our Majors and Minors

We offer more than a dozen undergraduate majors and a variety of stand-alone minor programs, such as pre-law and gender studies. We also offer graduate degrees in creative writing, education, and the humanities.

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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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LeeAnn Bartolini, PhD

Professor and Co-Chair

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Rebecca Birch, EdD

Assistant Professor and Director of Single Subject Credential Program
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Janet Bogart

Suzuki Instructor, Violin
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Jenny Bray

Service-Learning Program Manager
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Thomas Burke, MFA

Assistant Professor, Literature & Languages and Social & Cultural Studies
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Pauline Camp, MBA

Administrative Manager
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Adam J. Carl

Director of Operations, Budget and Administrative Manager
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June Choi Oh, MM

Chair, Department of Music, Dance and Performing Arts Assistant Professor, Music
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Chase Clow, PhD

Assistant Professor, Humanities
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Christian Dean, PhD

Professor of Political Science & Humanities Debate Coach
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George Faithful, PhD

Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy
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Veronica Fruiht, PhD

Assistant Professor
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Matthew Garcia

Assistant Professor
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Afshin Gharib, PhD

Professor
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Julie Grellas, MEd

Field Placement and Outreach Coordinator
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Perry Guevara, PhD

Assistant Professor of English
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Judy Halebsky, PhD

Director of the MFA Associate 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

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science Chair, Division of Public Affairs
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Katie Lewis, PhD

Assistant Professor and Director of Multiple Subject Credential Program
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Jordan Lieser, PhD

Assistant Professor, History
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Jennifer Lucko, PhD

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

Assistant Professor, Humanities
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Jennifer March

Administrative Assistant
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Jannel Mariano, MBA

Administrative Coordinator to the Dean
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Karen Markowitz, MEd

Credential Analyst & Assessment Manager
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Marilyn Janice Markowitz

Piano Instructor
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Dan May, MA

Assistant Professor Faculty Development Coordinator for Effective Communication
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Rosemarie Michaels, EdD, MEd

Education Studies Program Director Liberal Studies Program Director
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Julie Nakao

Summer Odyssey Program Assistant
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Philip Charles Novak, PhD

Tenured Full Professor
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Radica Ostojic-Portello

Assistant Professor Spanish Minor Advisor
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Steven Polacco, MFA

Chair and Director of Graphic Design Program
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Carlos Rodriguez, MA

Division Chair
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Benjamin D. Rosenberg, PhD

Assistant Professor
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Leslie Ross, PhD

Professor and Chair of Art History and Visual Studies
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Josephine Sanchez, MM

Piano Instructor
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Lynn Sondag

Associate Professor of Art Honors Program Director
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Harlan Stelmach, PhD

Professor, Humanities
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Laura Stivers, PhD

Professor
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Cynthia Taylor, PhD

Assistant Professor
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Elizabeth Truesdell, PhD

Chair, Department of Education Associate Professor
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Carol (Therese) Tucker

Data and Reporting Manager for Accreditation & IRB Process
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Bradley E. Van Alstyne, PhD

Assistant Professor of Communications Coordinator, 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

Assistant Professor of English
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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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