McMicken College of Arts & SciencesMcMicken College of Arts & SciencesUniversity of Cincinnati

McMicken College of Arts & Sciences

Office of the Dean


McMicken Office of the Dean

Ken Petren

Ken Petren

Dean, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences

7150D Edwards 1
Mail Location 0367

  • Responsible for the overall achievement of the college mission

  • Foster faculty and student research, and promote collaborative endeavors

  • Manage the college's full range of operations, including strategic, programmatic, financial and fiscal

  • Develop and execute an effective strategy for college fundraising

  • Corresponds with faculty, staff, students, alumni and administration; across departments; within the university; and throughout the community at large

  • Supervises, appoints, and reviews all assistant and associate deans

Joanna Mitro

Joanna Mitro

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs

Professor of Mathematical Sciences

7150G Edwards 1
Mail Location 0367
PH: (513) 556-2450
FAX: (513) 556-0142

  • Undergraduate Program Oversight
  • Undergraduate Student Services and Advising
  • Center for Exploratory Studies

Tara Smith

Tara Smith

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

Professor of Mathematical Sciences

7150F Edwards 1
Mail Location 0367
PH: (513) 556-5896
FAX: (513) 556-0142

  • Graduate program oversight
  • Promotion, development, and facilitation of college research and collaborative endeavors

Joseph Takougang

Joseph Takougang

Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs

7150C Edwards 1
Mail Location 0367
PH: (513) 556-5895
FAX: (513) 556-0142

  • Work with faculty and department heads on department reviews
  • Review, promotion and tenure 
  • Faculty retention, faculty grievances, sabbaticals and leaves
  • Article 15 salary adjustments, faculty hiring, faculty development, internationalization, and all matters related to faculty success

Joan Fisher

Joan Fisher

Associate Director Academic

7148B Edwards 1
Mail Location 0367
PH: (513) 556-5861
FAX: (513) 556-0142

  • College data compilation, statistics and reporting including departmental requests for UniverSIS data via BI-Query
  • Coordinate A&S undergraduate scholarships and awards
  • Contact for Student Grade Grievance Procedures
  • College liaison to the Offices of Institutional Research, Strategic Enrollment Management, Registrar and Student Records


Student Services

Lisa Holstrom

Lisa Holstrom

Senior Assistant Dean
PH: (513) 556-9172

  • Provides leadership and management of the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences Academic Services operations for undergraduate recruitment, advising and student support

  • Oversees and supervises College staff with responsibilities for recruitment, admissions, orientation, advising, records management, and related academic support

  • Ensures all students experience a welcoming environment with accessible and accurate advising

Jeannette L. Songer Mautner

Jeannette L. Songer Mautner

Senior Assistant Dean for Administrative Processes

French Hall West, 2nd floor
Mail Location 0037
PH: (513) 556-5876
FAX: (513) 556-3477

  • Day-to-day operations of the Undergraduate Advising Office
  • Supervisory responsibilities for professional support staff
  • Response to all emails sent by current and prospective students
  • College Academic Appeals Committee
  • Updating and management of the Degree Progress Audit
  • Verification of degree completion and certification of graduation
  • Development of advising component of e-portfolio
  • Certification of academic eligibility for student athletes
  • Annual review of program outlines and college requirements
  • Academic contracts for students in academic difficulty
  • Resolution of student academic issues and concerns
  • College contact for all questions from A&S students and parents related to university commencement ceremony
  • Primary contact for Early Intervention communications from instructors
  • Resolution of issues related to, and decision-making responsibility for, all add/drop and change of grade forms from Registrar's office
  • Contact for faculty with questions regarding academic policies and procedures, or in need of student-issue resolution

Barb Bucey

Barb Bucey

Director, McMicken Declared Student Advising

French Hall West, 2nd floor
Mail Location 0037
PH: (513) 556-5860
FAX: (513) 556-3477

  • Management and direction of McMicken College declared advising
  • Supervision, selection, training, and evaluation of A&S advisors
  • Mission and vision planning for the office
  • Academic Advising
  • Assist with development and oversight of A&S learning communities and freshmen seminars
  • Program outlines and curriculum guide updates

Allison Logan

Allison Logan

Director, Center for Exploratory Studies

2624 French Hall
PH: (513) 556-6538
FAX: (513) 556-3477

  • Provides vision, leadership and direction for the Center For Exploratory Studies (CES)

  • Oversees all CES functions and supervises team of seven professional advisors

  • Provides support for First Year Experience and retention programming

  • Advocates for and represents needs of Exploratory Students on University committees

Carol Tong Mack

Carol Tonge Mack

Assistant Dean of Recruitment and Retention Initiatives

7140D Edwards One
Mail Location 0367
PH: (513) 556-6541
FAX: (513) 556-0142

  • Leadership of Undergraduate Recruitment and Community Outreach
  • Academic Advising: Prospective first year, transfer, and transition students
  • Academic Alert: First Year and Sophomore students
  • Academic Misconduct for undergraduate students
  • Oversight of the First Year College Success and Sophomore College Skills Seminars
  • College Liaison to the GEN-1 Theme House
  • Coordinate Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program
  • Provide the award-winning Cultural Competence Training for Advisors
  • Co-direct the PR1ZE (Putting Retention 1st in the Zest for Excellence) Faculty/Staff Mentoring Program
  • University's Coordinator of the STEER Mentoring Program (partnership among UC, P&G, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, STRIVE, and Luxottica)


Student Recruitment

Marilyn Kershaw

Marilyn Kershaw

Chief Diversity Officer and Director of the A&S Office of Diversity and Access

4130AB Edwards One
Mail Location 0367
PH: (513) 556-5810
FAX: (513) 556-0142

  • Leadership and vision in the development of graduate recruitment initiatives
  • Create, direct and coordinate college-wide graduate recruitment activities
  • Inform graduate students about opportunities for external funding
  • Enhance strategies for diversity recruitment


Marketing & Communication

  • Develop and implement strategies and projects related to marketing, communications, publications, Web sites, and fundraising using a variety of media formats, including multimedia and video
  • Recommend and regulate the content and design for Web sites and print publications written by college and freelance writers, faculty, and staff
  • Assist all departments with marketing communications needs
  • Manage marketing communications, Web communications and social media for the college


Business Office

Marcia Miladinov

Marcia Miladinov  

Associate Dean of Finance and Operations 

PH: (513) 556-5854
7148M Edwards One
FAX: (513) 556-0142

  • Long-range Financial Planning
  • Oversee day to day business operations
  • Space and Facilities Planning
  • Supervise the budget support staff in the college and oversee all business and financial matters for the college. 
  •  Serve as a member of the Dean’s cabinet to advise the Dean and his leadership team on the management of all college finances and related matters
  • Manage the college budget submission process including budget formulation

  • Oversee (PBB) Performance Based Budgeting  and the associated impact on the college

  • Create proforma financial statements for new college ventures

  • Develop navigational budget reports to aide in forecasting

  • Assist the dean , faculty, and staff in the development of entrepreneurial and revenue-generating activities

  • Provide advice and technical assistance to the Dean and department Heads on cost analysis, funds allocation, and budget preparation and management

  • Work with the dean to develop and recommend financial and administrative policies and procedures that will help strengthen the college finances

  •  Development of Departmental PBB reports
  •  Partner with the Dean, Department Heads and the Provost office in helping us strengthen the financial position of the college

Cindy Tracey

Cindy Treacy

Senior Grants Administrator

  • Assist faculty and staff with researching, locating, developing, writing, and administering federal, state, and private grants, contracts, and external funding sources.
  • Implement policies to ensure compliance with funding agency regulations
  • Oversee and ensure compliance of grants.
  • Conduct or carry out work procedures and activities in accordance with local, state, federal, and university regulations.
  • Oversee proposal preparation and submission process.
  • Pre-award duties in providing oversight of Federal and non-Federal grants for the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences.


Shelly Deavy

Shelly Deavy

Senior Director of Development
PH: 513-556-5806
7140B Edwards 1


  • Chief development officer for the college

  • Plan and execute fundraising activities for A&S

  • Assist departments on fundraising efforts

  • Manage A&S Foundation staff

Information Technology

Yu-Chin Fu

Yu-Chin Fu

Director, A&S Information Security
PH: (513) 556-1887
7140E Edwards One

  • Oversee A&S Information Technology (IT) operations

  • Support faculty, staff, and teaching labs’ computing needs

  • Promote user awareness and education of information security and continual self-improvement