Office of the Dean

Grewen Hall 308
(315) 445-4310

Kate Costello-Sullivan, Ph.D.

Kate Costello-Sullivan
Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

     Kate Costello-Sullivan is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the largest of three academic divisions at Le Moyne College. Arts and Sciences encompasses all academic departments and programs, faculty, staff and students in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Visual and Performing Arts. Dr. Costello-Sullivan also oversees the Integral Honors Program, Le Moyne’s Core Curriculum, and the Arts and Sciences administrative team. She is a member of the President’s Council and works closely with the Provost, Student Development, and the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs.

     In her academic department, Dr. Costello-Sullivan is professor of English with a specialty in modern Irish literature. She has taught both introductory and upper-level courses, including Introductory Writing, Studies in Poetry, and Contemporary Irish Politics and Fiction. She was the founding director of the College's Irish literature program. An active scholar, Dr. Costello-Sullivan is author of numerous articles and the monograph, Mother/Country: Politics of the Personal in the Fiction of Colm Tóibín. She was editor of a critical edition of J. Sheridan Le Fanu's vampire novella Carmilla, and was a Moore Institute Visiting Fellow at the National University Ireland-Galway in summer 2014. Her critical edition of Norah Hoult's Poor Women! is forthcoming in 2016 with Anthem Press.

     Dr. Costello-Sullivan graduated from Rutgers College, New Brunswick, with a degree in English and Spanish and a minor in Psychology. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in English/Irish Studies from Boston College. Dr. Costello-Sullivan began her teaching career at Le Moyne College in the fall semester of 2004.

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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 Dean Kate Costello-Sullivan 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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