Office of the Dean

Grewen Hall 308
(315) 445-4310

Jim Hannan, Ph.D.

Jim Hannan
Interim Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences


Jim Hannan is interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He has previously served as Le Moyne College’s Dean of Assessment and Planning and as chair of the Department of English. He is committed to quality, accountability, and effectiveness in higher education and serves as a peer reviewer for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. His research interests include climate culture and the Anthropocene, and the relationship between contemporary world literature in English and globalization.

Dr. Hannan earned a B.A. in Humanities and Arts from Hampshire College and a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Chicago.

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Dixie M. Blackley, Ph.D.

Dixie M. Blackley
Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences

     Dixie M. Blackley is associate dean of Arts and Sciences. She works closely with the dean on faculty evaluations and on various initiatives that promote academic excellence within Arts and Sciences. She represents the Office of the Dean on several College-wide committees, Faculty Senate committees, and special projects. 

     Prior to joining the Dean’s office in January 2012, Dr. Blackley was a key member of the leadership teams for the College’s decennial evaluation (2005-2006) and periodic review (2011) by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Most recently, she co-chaired the leadership team for Le Moyne’s decennial evaluation (2015-2016) by the Commission.

     In her academic department, Dr. Blackley is professor of economics and has taught both introductory and upper-level courses, including Econometrics and the Economics of Poverty.

     Dr. Blackley graduated from Wittenberg University with a degree in Mathematics and Economics. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Dr. Blackley began her teaching career at Le Moyne College in the fall semester of 1982.

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Jeanne Darby

Jeanne Darby
Assistant Dean of Arts & Sciences

     Jeanne Darby is assistant dean of Arts and Sciences. She is responsible for many of the operational functions of the Dean’s office, from student-centered initiatives such as the annual Senior Honors Convocation and academic integrity issues, to faculty processes such the administration of course and personnel evaluation policies. In addition, Jeanne works with department chairs and the Registrar's office to manage course scheduling and enrollments. She is responsible for handling most aspects of adjunct faculty activity, from the creation of appointment letters to acting as liaison with Human Resources regarding adjunct personnel issues.
     Jeanne graduated from Binghamton University with a degree in Linguistics and earned her M.S.Ed. in General Education from Le Moyne College in 2005. She began her career at Le Moyne in 2000 as a staff assistant in the Academic Support Center. Less than a year later, she joined the Arts and Sciences dean's office.

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Melissa Short

Melissa Short
Office Services Coordinator

     Melissa Short is the assistant to the dean and office services coordinator for the College of Arts and Sciences. In this capacity, she assists the Dean and supervises work-study students employed by the Dean’s office. Her responsibilities include the processing of student and faculty forms, course evaluations, faculty travel requests, and managing College catalog updates. In addition, Melissa works with the Curriculum Committee, the Core Curriculum Committee, and the Student Research Committee. She also provides administrative support for the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
     Melissa graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Dietetics. Before coming to Le Moyne, she worked at several non-profit organizations, including The Nature Conservancy, and she also worked for The Princeton Review. Melissa began her career at Le Moyne as administrative assistant to the Dean of Arts and Sciences in 2010.

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