Dean of Faculty


Jody Roy
Interim VP and Dean of Faculty
Carnegie Building

Office of the VP and Dean of Faculty

Jody Roy, professor of communication and the Victor and Carrie Palmer Endowed Chair for Leadership Values, is serving as the interim vice president and dean of faculty for the 2014-2015 academic year. Professor Roy previously served as assistant dean of faculty and has been a member of the Ripon College faculty since 1992.

Among Professor Roy’s many accomplishments as a scholar, she was named the Wisconsin Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation in 2005. The author of numerous articles and books, Professor Roy’s research has focused on the communication of pro-/anti-violence messages in media and popular culture as well as communication strategies of American social movements.

She received her PhD and MA from Indiana University and her undergraduate degree from Illinois College.

The Vice President and Dean of Faculty serves as the chief academic officer of the College and is responsible for the leadership of the faculty and the management and development of the academic program.

In her role, Professor Roy is a member of the Administrative Council and the staff member on the Trustee Committee on Academic Affairs.

The vice president and dean of faculty has the authority to perform the duties of the president during any vacancy in the office of the president or in the absence or incapacity of the president.



Claudia LeistikowAdministrative Assistant to the Vice President and Dean of Faculty

The administrative assistant serves as the contact between the office of the dean and all internal and external constituencies, manages all aspects of the dean’s office operations including budget, calendar, travel, confidential records, events and publications produced by the office. In addition, the administrative assistant is responsible for hiring and supervising office staff and all academic support specialists.

CONTACT (920) 748-8109 (920) 748-8767 (fax)

Michele WittlerAssociate Dean of Faculty and Registrar

The Associate Dean of Faculty assists the Dean of Faculty in all aspects of academic planning including training of advisers, designing and implementing procedures, policies and systems, and assignment of academic advisers. The position serves as a liaison to the Division of the Dean of Students and regularly attends its staff meetings.

VacantFaculty Development Coordinator

The faculty development coordinator establishes and assists in the implementation of a comprehensive faculty development program providing information about faculty development opportunities and resources. The coordinator also administers a Faculty Workshop series, Faculty Lecture/Brown Bag Lunch series, coordinates the Mentoring Program for new faculty members, and serves as an ex officio member of the Faculty Development Committee.

Paul JeffriesAssociate Professor and Chair of Philosophy, and First Year Studies Coordinator

The First Year Studies (FYS) Coordinator is responsible for course scheduling, oversight of the budget, on-campus communication, and catalog copy for the First Year Studies seminars program.

Andrew Prellwitz, Library Chair

The chair works with the administration to ensure appropriate levels of library support, represents the College in state and consortium library organizations, has responsibilities for faculty governance and academic advising, and conducts public relations activities with community and alumni.

Julie JohnsonAthletic Director

The director manages athletic operations including budgeting, student athletic recruiting, maintenance of facilities and equipment, and long-range planning. The director is responsible for the organization and coordination of athletic events and compliance with NCAA regulations.

Lindsay BlumerExecutive Director of The Center for Social Responsibility

The director is responsible for planning, developing and administering the Center for Social Responsibility. This includes planning and implementing an annual conference or lecture series, supporting curricular development, and working collaboratively with faculty and staff on curriculum and co-curricular programming.

Academic Support Specialists

Farr Hall and Bartlett Hall Margaret Schwemmer  (920) 748-8144

West Hall and Smith Hall Jessi Billings (920) 748-8378

Rodman Center Maic D’Agostino and Barbara Mitchell (920) 748-8791

Todd Wehr Hall and East Hall Donna Marquart  (920) 748-8399