Dean's Office Reorganization

As we look toward the future and UB’s top 25 ambitions, the College is reorganizing the Dean’s Office structure in an effort to better support departments, programs, centers and institutes and to improve and streamline processes and procedures.

Goals of the reorganization:

  • Emphasize a culture of collaboration and not competition across sectors and among departments
  • Reduce the duplication effect of the current structure and clarify reporting lines within and outside the structure  
  • Create greater capacity for strategic thinking and to approach work proactively rather than reactively
  • Improve service delivery for departments
  • Create more space for the Dean to engage with alumni and donors to raise philanthropic dollars

New Structure

  • Associate Dean for Social Sciences: Sean Bennett, Department of Geography
  • Senior Associate Dean for Research: Jerry Koudelka, Department of Biological Sciences 
  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Peter Pfordresher, Department of Psychology
  • Associate Dean for Natural Sciences and Mathematics: Kris Tjaden, Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences 
  • Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities: Ewa Ziarek, Department of Comparative Literature

Meet the Associate Deans

Sean Bennett Jerry Koudelka Peter Pfordresher Kris Tjaden Ewa Ziarek

Associate Dean for Social Sciences

Sean Bennett, Department of Geography

Sean Bennett.

The Associate Dean for the Social Sciences sector is the primary designee for the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in essentially all matters involving the administration and oversight of departments and programs in the sector. This position is the first contact for department and program heads for all dean-level issues. The associate dean of social sciences also coordinates decisions with the other associate deans and the dean and communicates these decisions to departments and programs in the sector.

Sector Administrative Directors

The Sector Administrative Directors, a position developed as part of the College’s reorganization, are vital administrative support roles for each sector. The administrative directors will work closely with the Associate Deans in their respective sector as a strategic partner and advisor. The Sector Administrative Director will assume responsibility for key administration functions and management of processes for the sector. 

  • Karen Sausner, sector administrative director, arts and humanities
    Karen will work with Ewa Ziarek.
  • Carol Ciaciuch, sector administrative director for social sciences
    Carol will partner with Sean Bennett.
  • Kelly Thumansector administrative director, natural sciences and mathematics
    Kelly will collaborate with Kris Tjaden.
  • Amy Monin, research administrative director
    Amy will collaborate with Jerry Koudelka

Academic Portfolio by Sector

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