Meet the Deans

Photo of the Bryn Mawr Deans
We look forward to helping you make the transition from high school to college and navigate your choices here at Bryn Mawr and beyond.  But, before we do, we thought we'd share a little bit about ourselves.

Meet the Deans....                         

Judy Balthazar Isabelle Barker Theresa Cann Raima Evan
Chuck Heyduk Michelle Mancini Christina Rose  


Dean Judy Balthazar

Dean Judy Balthazar
What I do at the Dean's Office:  As interim dean of the College, I look out for the well-being of all undergraduate students, in and out of the classroom.
My major in college:  I majored in music, initially hoping to go on to direct Broadway musicals.  But I wasn't that talented, and I quickly got lured away by archaeology (thanks to distribution requirements) and ended up majoring in that, too.
Favorite book I've read recently: I really liked J.K Rowling's A Cuckoo's Calling
Courses that made me glad we had distribution requirements:  I found my archaeology major by taking Classical Archaeology (humanities) and The Origins Of Agriculture (social science) as a distribution requirements.  And I loved the field trips for geology (science requirement).
Favorite dessert: anything except German Chocolate Cake, which, sadly, is my husband's favorite.
Favorite spot on campus: It's a tie between the Guild courtyard and the veranda on Cambrian Row
BMC club/activity I’d like to join: I'd really like to take Michelle Mancini's mindfulness class!
Tip for the first year at BMC: Don't be TOO planful; be receptive to what comes your way.
What I like about working with new students:  I'm so lucky to have a job that requires students to tell me about themselves.  I've met so many amazing people this way!
In my free time, I enjoy: putting on my hiking boots and getting outdoors as much as possible

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Dean Isabelle Barker
Dean Isabelle Barker

What I do in the Dean's Office: In addition to advising students on academic matters,  I am the campus liaison for the national Thomas J. Watson Fellowship and the Davis Projects for Peace Fellowship.  I also oversee a research and conference grants program out of the Dean's Office. Finally, I oversee the Hanna Holborn Gray Fellowship program, which provides 15 students with summer fellowships to undertake their own research in the humanities and social sciences.
My Major in College:  Women's Studies at Wesleyan University (now Feminist, Gender + Sexuality Studies)
Favorite Book: Living the Full Catastrophe by Jon Kabat-Zinn.  This book on mindfulness meditation profoundly impacted how I approach the many adventures and challenges of life. 
Dream Vacation Spot:  Becoming proficient in Spanish and traveling throughout Latin America.
Favorite Dessert:  Banana Split
Favorite Spot on Campus:  Walking along Cambrian Row, taking in the amazing view of the campus, and being inspired by all the great student programming going on there!
BMC club/activity I'd like to join: WHRC Bi-Co Radio -- I'd love to dj a show.
What I wish I had known my first year of college:   I was a very shy student in college classes and felt very intimated by my classmates who had gone to high schools that seemed to have better prepared them for small college seminars. I rarely spoke up during class discussions. I realize now that in the first year of college, everyone is getting their footing in different ways. Also, from my experience of teaching college classes and working as a dean, I have a much better understanding of how important everyone's voice is in class discussions.  I wish I had know this and spoken up more in class!
In my free time, I enjoy: cooking (and eating!) good food

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Dean Theresa Cann

Dean Theresa Cann
What I do at the Dean's Office: In addition to advising students, I also manage the College's study abroad program. Every year, I assist over one hundred Mawrters to participate in study abroad.
My major in college: French
Favorite book: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Favorite Song: “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley
Favorite dessert: Cheese Cake
Favorite course during my first year of college: Religious Studies
Favorite spot on campus: The bench underneath the tree on the hill that overlooks the athletic field and Cambrian Row
Dream Vacation spot: Tibet
BMC club/activity I'd like join: Hepburn's Closet, Bryn Mawr College's online and beauty magazine (http://issuu.com/hepburnscloset)
Favorite thing about my job: Talking to students and learning about their hopes and aspirations
Tip for the first year at BMC:  Remember to relax and practice self-care.  The Self-Care at BMC Facebook page and the Self-Care at BMC Blog offer some good tips on how to stay healthy and balanced and, perhaps most importantly, to have fun!
In my free time, I enjoy: dancing, collecting artifacts from around the world, and reading children’s picture books

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Dean Raima Evan

Dean Raima Evan

What I do at the Dean's Office: In addition to advising students, I’m in charge of the re-enrollment process and the Independent Major program.  I also organize the Class Assemblies at the beginning of the academic year. 
My major in college:  English and French literature.
Favorite book:  Uh-oh, an impossible question to answer!  Here are three:  Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, Dora Bruder by Patrick Modiano, and Zlateh the Goat by Isaac Bashevis Singer.
Dream vacation spot:  Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh
Favorite course during my first year of college:  French symbolist poetry
Favorite dessert:  my flourless chocolate torte
Favorite spot on campus:  the walkway to Carpenter Library when the cherry trees are blooming
BMC club or activity I would join:  Culinary Club
Tip for the first year at BMC:  Make sure to save your work onto a USB drive or onto the Bryn Mawr server.  Do not simply save your work to your laptop!  Save at the end of every paragraph.  And when you send a paper to a professor by email, copy yourself on the email so you can check your own inbox and make sure you didn’t forget to send the attachment.
In my free time, I enjoy: reading and writing fiction

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Dean Chuck Heyduk
Dean Chuck Heyduk

What I do in the Dean's Office:  Advise students in all four classes, act as adviser to the Customs orientation program, assist Dean Balthazar in work with the Honor Board and Conflict Resolution Committee, serve on the Self-Care Committee and as the Radnor Hall dorm leadership group adviser
My major in college:
Philosophy, then English, then Psychology
Favorite book: On Becoming a Person by Carl R. Rogers
Dream vacation spot:  Maine coast
Favorite course during my first year of college:  English composition
Favorite dessert: Vanilla ice cream with almost any sort of  delicacy under it
Favorite spot on campus:  Too many to choose among!
What I like about working with new students:  Their fresh perspectives and ideas
What I wish I had known my first year of college:  That I would learn as much about myself and organizations (like college) and group processes as from my formal studies
Favorite quote:  “The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow won't wait while you do the work.” - Erik H. Erikson
Tip for the first year at BMC: "To thine own self be  true..."
In my free time, I enjoy: volunteering for a local animal rescue (including fostering kittens) and watching college basketball

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Dean Michelle Mancini
Dean Michelle Mancini

What I do in the Dean's Office: In addition to advising students, I oversee many of the day-to-day functions of the Dean's Office.  When students get an email reminder about some upcoming event, I'm probably the one who wrote the email!  I also work with students applying for some national fellowships, like the Fulbright program for teaching English or doing research overseas after graduation.  Since I used to teach writing classes, I'm glad I still get to work with students on personal statements and things like that! 
My major in college:
English (at BMC)
Favorite book I've read recently: Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  It's kind of like the Nigerian War and Peace, but less ponderous. 
Dream vacation: visiting Japan during cherry blossom season
Course that made me glad we had distribution requirements:  Neurobiology and Behavior
Favorite dessert: strawberry rhubarb pie.
Favorite spot on campus: The woods behind English House.  A winding path, a small babbling brook, big trees, songbirds, wildflowers: you'll feel like you're a hundred miles away.  And there's an old cemetery tucked away at the end of the path. 
BMC club/activity I’d like to join: Bike Collective
Tip for the first year at BMC:  Don't wait until the night before they're due to write your ESEM papers.  Sometimes they're very short and you might be able to produce something in a couple of hours, but you will grow so much more as a writer if you give yourself time to write, think, revise, repeat! 
In my free time, I enjoy: riding my bicycle and reading

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Dean Christina Rose

Dean Christina Rose
What I do in the Dean's Office:  I advise a group of first-year students, but also all transfer and McBride (non-traditional age) students.  This fall, I will also be teaching an alternative to the Wellness course, which will focus on the transition from high school to college. 
My major in college: English Literature   
Dream vacation: Tangoing my way throughout Argentina
Favorite book I've read recently: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Course that made me glad we had distribution requirements: Religion and Ecology
Favorite dessert: Mississippi Mud Cake
BMC club/activity I’d like to join:  Rhythm 'N Motion
Favorite thing about my job:  I'm a nerd at heart, so I love hearing about all the classes students are taking and seeing new ideas and possibilities open up for them intellectually.
Tip for the first year at BMC:  Get to know your professors.  Go to office hours.  Ask questions, and engage in conversations.
In my free time, I enjoy: biking, yoga, crocheting, and sampling new restaurants 

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