Senior Associate Dean, Career Services, Academic Advising, and Athletic Advising
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Senior Associate Dean of Retention and Strategic Initiatives, Professor of Practice in Management Communication
Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for Newcomb-Tulane College, Associate Professor, Political Science
J. Celeste Lay is an associate professor of political science at Tulane University. She earned her B.A. in political science at the College of Charleston (1998) and her Ph.D. in Government & Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park (2004). She is the author of A Midwestern Mosaic: Immigration and Political Socialization in Rural America, published by Temple University Press in 2012, about the response to immigration in small, formerly-homogeneous Iowa towns. Her research focuses on political socialization, voting behavior, women and politics, and attitudes about and the politics surrounding education policy. She is particularly interested in how local contexts, policies and institutions structure attitudes and behavior. She is working on a book manuscript about the effects of the dramatic education reforms in New Orleans on civic behaviors and attitudes. She has published in several peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Politics, Social Science Quarterly, American Politics Research, Rural Sociology, Politics & Policy, and Urban Affairs Review.
Director, Center for Academic Equity
Associate Dean, Center for Global Education
Scott Pentzer received his Ph.D. in Latin American Studies from Tulane and has studied, volunteered, and worked in Mexico, Peru, and Costa Rica, where he directed study abroad programs for the Associated Colleges of the Midwest from 2004-2009. Scott has worked in Newcomb-Tulane College since 2009, first as Associate Director of the Tulane Honors Program and since 2013 as Associate Dean for Global Education. In that capacity he oversees the constituent units of the Center for Global Education: the Office of Study Abroad, the Office of International Students and Scholars, and the English as a Second Language program.
Director, Honors Program
Charlotte Maheu Vail earned her PhD in Higher Education Administration from the University of New Orleans, and her research interests include the history of American higher education, college culture, women in higher education, and service-learning. She also holds a master’s degree in English, with a focus on the Romantics, and a bachelor’s degree in English and history. Dr. Maheu Vail has taught courses on epistemology, the history of higher education, research methods, and college student development theory. Before becoming Director, Dr. Maheu Vail was Associate Director of the Honors Program, where she oversaw fellowship advising for all Tulane undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni, increasing the number of students and alumni who applied for nationally competitive scholarships. She also developed the Honors curriculum, increased the number of students who participate in undergraduate research, and grew and fostered communities in Wall Residential College and Weatherhead Residence Hall, working closely with faculty to bring more of their research and perspectives to the Honors Residential Learning Communities. When Dr. Maheu Vail was with the Newcomb College Institute, she founded and directed the Newcomb Scholars Program, a high selective, curricular experience for women at Tulane, focusing on independent research and cohort development. With 20 years of experience in university administration and teaching, Dr. Maheu Vail is pleased to be able to work with Honors students and faculty to foster a scholarly community on Tulane’s campus, to enhance the academic experience of high-achieving and intellectually curious students, to educate them about the many opportunities in Honors and at Tulane, and to teach them to seek intellectual engagement after they graduate so they are in a position to lead intelligently and thoughtfully to respond to the opportunities and challenges of our contemporary global environment.
Finally, Dr. Maheu Vail serves on a number of university committees, including CELT’s Advisory Board and CPS’s Executive Committee. She is an active member and has hosted workshops for the National Association of Fellowships Advisors and is also a member of the Association for the Study of Higher Education and the Association of American Colleges and Universities.