The Office of the Dean is in 215 Jordan Hall of Science, which is located at the south end of the building. The dean's office is organized into the following areas:
- Dean of the College of Science
- Associate & Assistant Deans
- Finance & Administration
- Marketing Communications
View the dean's office organizational chart.
Brian Baker, Ph.D.
Brian Baker, associate dean of research and graduate studies and professor of chemistry and biochemistry, is currently serving as interim dean of the College of Science.
Kim Kirkpatrick is the administrative coordinator for the College of Science. Her primary responsibilities include assisting with faculty appointments and providing administrative support to the dean, assistant deans, and dean’s office staff. Kim also plays a key role in managing the logistical side of student development programs, as well as coordinating many of the departmental outreach and showcase events.
An experienced professional in the area of supply chain management, customer service, and process management, Kim previously held positions at a number of major retail and service corporations, including: The Limited Corporation, American Hotel Registry, Avon Manufacturing, Aerial Communications, and 20th Century Fox. She graduated from Western Illinois University earning a Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain Management with honors.
Senior Administrative Assistant
Jenna Rangel provides administrative support to the dean, assistant dean, and dean’s office staff members. Her primary responsibilities include interacting with internal and external office visitors, managing the dean’s calendar, assisting with college-wide events, and facilitating the completion of the faculty appointment and reappointment process.
After working several years in retail management, Jenna joined the dean’s office in 2013.
Sister Kathleen Cannon, OP, D. Min
248 Nieuwland Science Hall
Sister Kathleen Cannon is the associate dean for collegiate sequence majors, international studies, and diversity. She advises students in the science-education, science-business and science-computing majors, and is responsible for diversity issues, college election, and award committees.
Brian Baker, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies
Brian Baker is the associate dean of research and graduate studies and a professor of chemistry and biochemistry. He directs the research and strategic planning efforts of the College of Science and serves as the college’s primary liaison to the Office of Research and the Graduate School.
Malgorzata Dobrowolska-Furdyna, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies
Malgorzata Dobrowolska-Furdyna is the associate dean for undergraduate studies and the Rev. John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C. Professor of Physics. She directs the undergraduate affairs of the College of Science, serves as chair of the college undergraduate committee, and is liaison to the Registrar's Office and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and Special Projects
Clarence Earl Carter is the assistant dean for faculty affairs and special projects. He is responsible for facilities oversight, faculty appointments, assisting the associate deans and department chairs in college-wide efforts, and serves an integral role in the strategic planning process. In addition, he is also the managing director of the Notre Dame Haiti Program.
Father James Foster, C.S.C, M.D.
Center for Health Advising, 219 Jordan Hall of Science
Fr. Foster directs the Center for Health Sciences Advising and serves as chair of the preprofessional studies program. He closely monitors developments within the health profession admissions process including new schools, course requirements, and curriculum developments.
Kathleen J. S. Kolberg, Ph.D.
Center for Health Advising, 219 Jordan Hall of Science
Kathleen Kolberg is an assistant dean for undergraduate studies. She is responsible for student advising, focusing on overloads, transfer credits, and graduation issues. She also advises science and engineering students on preparation and admission to health profession schools.
Senior Administrative Assistant
Lori Goffeney is the senior administrative assistant to the associate and assistant deans for undergraduate studies. Lori works collaboratively to expedite student processes and has a detailed understanding of University policies and procedures. She provides assistance on issues such as graduation, registration, withdrawals, leaves of absence, and course building.
Lori has been with the University of Notre Dame for more than 25 years. She began her career at Notre Dame working in the Offices of Student Accounts, Financial Aid, and the Registrar. She has been with the College of Science since 1996.
Sean Kassen, Ph.D.
Academic Advancement Program Director
Sean Kassen is the Director for Academic Advancement in the College of Science. He works directly with the University Relations Office to externally promote the priorities of the College of Science to individuals, companies, and foundations.
Allen Utterback, MBA
Assistant Director, Facilities
110 Jordan Hall of Science
Allen F. Utterback II, assistant director of facilities, joined the College of Science in December of 2008. His responsibilities include facilities management for the Jordan Hall of Science and the Chemistry facilities, overall safety and security protocol, space management tracking, event planning, renovation planning, and sustainability/continuous improvement planning. Allen leads the College of Science Safety Committee and the I-SAW Program.
Prior to working in the College of Science, Allen spent almost eleven years as the Administrator of Corby Hall at the University of Notre Dame and oversaw facilities, food service, housekeeping, and automobile fleet maintenance, and annual budgeting and analysis. He also has experience as a staff accountant performing investment monitoring, management of human resources, and accounts payable responsibilities. Allen earned a Bachelor of Science in Management with a major in accounting from Purdue University, West Lafayette and his Master of Business Administration from Purdue University at Westville.
William W. O'Hayer, MBA, CPA, CIA
Senior Director, Finance and Administration
William O’Hayer, senior director of finance and administration, joined the College of Science as its first business manager in 2004. He is responsible for budget and financial management, marketing communications, and human resources for the college. Bill is actively involved in strategic planning and goal setting, ongoing tracking of progress against goals, identifying appropriate resources in support of initiatives, and promoting continuous improvement across the college.
Prior to joining the University, Bill spent ten years in manufacturing, most recently at Bayer Diagnostics. He managed manufacturing accounting teams, performed capital budgeting and analysis, originated an internal audit function, and trained extensively in process improvement techniques, including Total Quality Management, Kepner-Tregoe process consulting, lean manufacturing techniques, and Six Sigma Black Belt tools. Bill holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, and CPA and CIA designations.
Kassie Spencer, MBA, CPA
Associate Director, Finance and Administration
Kassie Spencer, associate director of finance and administration, is actively involved in the financial and human resources management for the college, including budgeting, forecasting, funds analysis, process improvement, hiring, and performance management.
Prior to her role as assistant director, Kassie worked for Crowe Horwath LLP as a Senior Staff Tax Accountant and as the department administration manager for the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics (ACMS) within the College of Science. A graduate of Saint Mary’s College in 2007, Kassie obtained a CPA designation in 2009 and received her Master of Business Administration from Indiana University - South Bend in 2014.
Marissa Gebhard, MNA
Associate Director, Marketing and Communications
Marissa Gebhard, associate director of marketing communications, oversees all print and electronic marketing communications of the College of Science including the college website, a vast range of printed material, press releases, and electronic communications. She also assists all College of Science departments and academic programs with print and online marketing communications. She joined the College of Science in 2005.
Marissa earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Management from Saint Mary’s College, and a Master of Nonprofit Administration from the University of Notre Dame.
Stephanie J. Healey
Assistant Director, Marketing Communications
Stephanie Healey, assistant director of marketing communications, joined the College of Science in March 2012. Stephanie works strategically across a broad range of print and online communications channels of the College of Science. She manages the college website, writes and edits news stories, manages the production of professional photography, and directs the work of graphic designers. Stephanie also leads the Science Continuous Improvement initiative.
Prior to joining the College of Science, Stephanie worked at a community bank in Portland, Maine and was responsible for marketing communications, database management and reporting, potential branch site market analysis, media buying, and event planning. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Notre Dame in 2007.
Senior Graphic Designer
Lotta Barnes, senior graphic design specialist, joined the College of Science in May 2012. Lotta designs a range of print and online marketing communications for the college, its six departments, and its graduate programs, including recruitment booklets, signature event invitations and booklets, conference postcards, online advertisements, and promotional products on behalf of the Office of the Dean.
Lotta earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising from Southern Methodist University in 2003. Prior to joining the College of Science, she worked for advertising agencies in Sweden and New York. She has designed for several national and international corporations. Lotta was also a competitive swimmer for 20 years and had the honor of representing Sweden in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.