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Office of the Dean

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College of Arts and Sciences
Kansas State University
Calvin 110
Manhattan, KS 66506-1005


785-532-7004 fax


Dr. Amit ChakrabartiAmit Chakrabarti

Interim Dean

  • Chief Academic and Administrative Officer
  • Strategic planning
  • Advocate for College with central administration and external constituencies, including fundraising
  • Represent the College at events
  • Hire & supervise Associate Deans, Dean's Assistant, Assistant Dean for Finance, and Chairs & Directors
  • Alumni Advisory Council
  • Dean's Advisory Committee

Dr. Louise BenjaminLouise Benjamin

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

  • Curriculum planning and development
  • Academic program review
  • Summer school coordination
  • Interfaces with the Division of Continuing Education
  • International programs coordinator
  • Budget planning
  • Works with the dean on reappointment and evaluation of department heads
  • Academic promotion and tenure
  • Works with the K-State Foundation and has an active role in fundraising
  • Supervises the academic coordinator
  • Faculty Affirmative Action issues
  • Serves on appropriate committees
  • Coordinates faculty and alumni awards

Dr. Beth MonteloneBeth Montelone

Associate Dean for Research

  • Works in the general areas of research facilitation in conjunction with the associate vice president for research and other associate deans for research
  • Research compliance, safety, instructional technology, space, renovations and infrastructure
  • Works with the Graduate School and the Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Directs the Faculty Enhancement Program
  • Serves as the college representative to the Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering
  • Directs the new college-level undergraduate research and research travel program
  • Coordinates with departments on expenditures of college fee dollars to support instructional improvements

Dr. Alison WheatleyAlison Wheatley

Assistant Dean of Students

  • Oversees advising in the college
  • Supervises the 11 advisors in the dean’s office (Open Option, interdisciplinary majors and pre-health)
  • Manages the academic concerns of over 7,000 undergraduates, including academic difficulties, withdrawals, reinstatements, Academic Fresh Start and Forgiveness, SPARK, grade appeals, graduation and commencement, study abroad, and complex transfer issues
  • Represents the college on the Committee for Academic Policy and Procedure (CAPP)
  • Liaison for the Office of Student Life
  • Member of the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT)
  • Oversees recruitment events for the college including Open House, Orientation and Enrollment, and numerous university recruitment events
  • Faculty sponsor for the College Council.

Kimathi ChomaKimathi Choma

Assistant Dean for Diversity, Recruitment, and Retention

  • Serve as the Diversity Point Person for the college
  • Develop and lead academic and professional activities for underrepresented and international students, faculty, and staff
  • Coordinate college diversity activities with the dean’s office and with leaders of other academic units
  • Coordinate recruiting activities of the college
  • Coordinate retention activities of the college
  • Collaborate with faculty and administrators across campus to implement diversity, retention, recruitment, and inclusion activities including those of the new Kansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
  • Lead the college diversity committee in the enhancement of a diverse learning environment for the campus community
  • Assess the effectiveness of college diversity, recruitment, and retention programming and activities

Dean's staff

Ericka Smithartsci

Administrative Specialist

  • Assists Communications and Events Coordinator
  • Works with pre-health advisors
  • Supervise student assistants
  • Program/plan changes
  • Backdated withdrawals
  • Manages appointments for students with advisors and Dean Wheatley

Sonya BakerSonya Baker

Academic Coordinator

  • Graduation coordination
  • Graduation checks
  • Graduation application evaluation
  • Transfer credit evaluations
  • Validation of credit requests
  • Curriculum guides
  • Advise students
  • College representative for KSIS
  • KSIS security levels
  • DARS exceptions

Meagan Bozarth

Karen Fader

Senior Administrative Assistant

  • Administrative support for the Undergraduate Research and the Student Travel Scholarship programs
  • Administrative support for the 50/50 agreement with the Department of Continuing Education
  • Oversees successful scanning of all human resource paperwork from all 26 departments within the college
  • Inventory Specialist for Dean’s Office
  • Dean’s Office mail
  • Foundation donor letters




Marion Heck

Administrative Specialist

  • Assists Assistant Dean of Students
  • Student reinstatement
  • Graduation checks
  • Spark! program
  • DARS exceptions
  • Enrollment
  • Orientation and enrollment
  • Backdated withdrawals


Kristi KaumpKristi Kaump

Accountant II

  • Maintains all accounts for Dean’s Office
  • Accounts payable
  • Accounts receivable
  • Scholarship liaison for Dean’s Office/College
  • Payroll and personnel
  • Mentor to departmental fiscal/HR specialists

Chris Shumwayartsci

Administrative Specialist

  • Assist with graduation
  • Graduation checks
  • Prospective students
  • DARS exceptions
  • Works with pre-health advisors

Annette MaggioAnnette Maggio

Assistant to Dean/Office Manager

  • Maintain the dean’s calendar
  • Promotion and tenure, mid-tenure and faculty reappointments
  • Primary contact for department heads and central administration
  • Interface with Affirmative Action paperwork
  • Interface with academic personnel
  • Maintain the college’s master calendar and reappointment list
  • Department head reviews and searches
  • Assist the KSU Foundation development office

Aleasha McKinneyLaura Mancini

Senior Administrative Assistant

  • Assistant to open option advisors
  • Program/plan changes
  • Supervises student assistants
  • Assists with student enrollment

Noelle BloodNoelle

Communications & Events Coordinator

  • Website management
  • Social media coordination
  • Development and distribution of marketing materials
  • Strategic messaging
  • Event planning and coordination
  • News releases
  • Arts and Sciences Ambassadors advisor

Karen SoltKaren Solt

Assistant to Associate Deans/Administrative Officer

  • Course and curriculum
  • Line schedule
  • Faculty and alumni awards assistance
  • KSIS questions
  • Enrollment issues
  • Point of contact for department head searches

Debbie WhiteDebbie White

Budget/Fiscal Officer

  • College budget officer
  • College personnel specialist

Dedra WoydziakDedra Woydziak

Accountant I

  • Manages faculty salary for the college
  • Manages the 50/50 agreement with the Department of Continuing Education
  • Enters all summer school appointments for the college
  • Oversees the summer school budget
  • Accounts receivable specialist for the Dean’s office



ArtSciSherryl Allen

  • Life Science
  • Pre-Nursing
  • Pre-Pharmacy

Gayla Adams WrightGayla Adams-Wright

  • Life Science
  • Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Physical Science
  • Pre-Chiropractic Medicine
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine


Tami DuchTami Duch

  • Open Option
  • Social Science



Nancy HabluetzelNancy Habluetzel

  • Open Option
  • Social Science



Julie HuntJulie Hunt

  • Open Option
  • Social Science




ZacZac Malcolm

  • Life Science
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Medicine

KaelaKaela Urquhart

  • Life Science
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Health Information Management
  • Pre-Respiratory Care



Savannah NultonSavannah Nulton


  • Open Option
  • Social Science


Angelia PerryAngelia Perry

  • Humanities
  • Open Option




MeaganMeagan Scott

  • Open Option
  • Social Science




Ariane ChapmanAriane

  • Pre-Health Mentoring Program

Student Workers 

Olivia Beamartsci
Sydni Huxmanartsci
MadisonMadison Mackley
Josh Millerartsci
Eliza ScottEliza Scott
Deja Taylorartsci