The Office of the Dean is the main administrative office for the College of Education and Social Services. The office oversees and supports each program within the college, and implements college and university policies.

Address: 309 Waterman Building, University of Vermont, Burlington VT 05405
Telephone:  (802) 656-3424
Fax:  (802) 656-0855

Deans and Associate Deans

Scott Thomas — Dean

Scott Thomas

(Students: Please use to communicate with the dean)

Faculty Profile

Katharine Shepherd — Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research

Katharine Shepherd

Provides back-up to the Dean in all areas; Develops academic programs, including the advancement of new programs and curriculum initiatives; Promotes scholarship and research; Oversees accreditation, including CAEP, CACREP, and CSWE; Promotes communications concerning public outreach and scholarship; Serves as liaison to the Graduate College, Continuing and Distance Education, and the Honors College; Oversees Governor’s Institute of Vermont on Asian Cultures.

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Penny Bishop — Associate Dean for Innovation and Technology

Penny Bishop, Ed.D.

International partnerships and programs; communication strategies and resources; recruitment and marketing initiatives; sustainability planning.

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Kieran Killeen — Associate Dean for Graduate and Non-Degree Programming

Kieran M. Killeen

Collaborates with Chairs, Graduate Program Coordinators and Roman Vogel to identify areas that may benefit from: more/different support for coordination; program development; enrollment management; and marketing and communication. Responsible for fellowship allocation. Liaison to the Graduate College and Continuing & Distance Education.

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Main Phone: (802) 656-3424

Kelly Circe — Assistant to the Dean

Kelly Circe

(802) 656-1277

Primary contact and liaison for the Dean; Dean calendar and travel; oversee processes for sabbaticals and RPT's, event planning; work with Executive Committee on the planning of faculty meetings and committee assignments; support the Faculty Evaluation Committee in its reviews.

Michele Guyette — Assistant to the Associate Deans & Communications Support

Michele Guyette

(802) 656-0481

Assists Associate Deans; assists Director of Communications in implementing communications projects and executing social media strategies; coordinates Outstanding Teacher Day; serves as office manager; responsible for providing a welcoming environment for internal and external constituents for the College of Education and Social Services as both the first point of contact in the Dean’s Office and through social media.


Tiffanie Spencer — Director for Diversity and Community Engagement

Tiffanie Spencer

(802) 656-7880

Provides leadership in facilitating community partnerships to expand diversity initiatives for the College, with emphasis on collaborating with local and national organizations, as well as on-campus colleagues to develop, implement, and assess inclusive excellence activities to enable accessible pathways for UVM students, faculty, and staff from historically underrepresented backgrounds.

Graduate Programs Administration

Roman Vogel — Graduate Programs Coordinator

Roman Vogel

(802) 656-2936

Works closely with Dean's Office, chairs and graduate program coordinators on administration of new graduate program initiatives, including marketing. Plays a key role in outreach and recruitment of new graduate students, oversight of admissions processes, and supervision of the operational aspects of student registration, retention, and progress to graduation. Serves as liaison to the Graduate College, Business Office, Office of Student and Academic Affairs, and graduate program administrative staff.

Finance & Administration Business Service Center

Pamela Blum — Business Operations Manager

Pamela Blum

(802) 656-1275

Oversight of all financial, budgetary, and human resource activities for the College.

Jean Evans — SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Jean Evans

(802) 656-0824

Senior Staff Advisor and Liaison for the College of Education and Social Services, as well as the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, as Dean Scott Thomas serves a dual role as Dean of both colleges.  Jean is in charge of coordinating both offices of the dean and ensuring business operations are in sync between both colleges, working closely with the support staff.  Jean also specialized in Human Resource functions within CESS, specifically Faculty Searches, Leaves of Absences, FMLA/LOA, Workman’s Comp and other human resource special projects.

Kunie Renaud — Business Manager

Kunie Renaud

(802) 656-8576

Oversight of all financial and human resource activities for the Department of Education and the Department of Leadership and Developmental Sciences. Specializes in financial and data analysis and all research-related grant funding for the College of Education and Social Services.

Main Phone: (802) 656-3468
Main Email:

Lynn White Cloud — Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

Lynn White Cloud

(802) 656-3468

Curriculum management; student concerns; recruitment; retention; Commencement Weekend; June Orientation; first-year student experiences; Dean's designee for all student-related forms.

Gillian Homsted — Director of Student Services

Gillian Homsted

(802) 656-1446

Advising; enrollment management; transfer student coordination.

Meghan Jaird — Assistant Director of Student Services

Meghan Aline Jaird photo

(802) 656-1442

Public relations; data management; academic advising.

Margaret Coan — Student Services Specialist

Margaret Coan portrait photo

(802) 656-3468

First point of contact for CESS Student Services office; helps coordinate enrollment management, student support, departmental communication, enrichment engagements for students, and special events.


Doug Gilman — Communications Director

Doug Gilman

(802) 656-8352

Oversees the design, coordination, implementation and evaluation of communications strategies. Responsibilities include the CESS communication plan, website, social media, news stories, newsletters, admissions communications, printed materials, and other outreach activities.

Development Officer

Erika Nestor — Director of Major Gifts

Erika Nestor

(802) 656-4490

Coordination of major gift fundraising on behalf of the College of Education and Social Services.


Joe Collier — Technical Support Specialist

Joe Collier

(802) 656-4232

Technical support for all faculty and staff; Supervision of workstudy students in the College of Education and Social Services lab; Shared Drive permissions.