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Amjad Ayoubi, PhD

Amjad Ayoubi, PhD

Senior Associate Dean, Career Services, Academic Advising, and Athletic Advising
aamjad@tulane.edu
(504) 208-8280 (cell)


 

Shannon Blady, PhD

Shannon Blady, PhD

Director, Teacher Preparation and Certification Program
sblady@tulane.edu
(504) 865-5351

Shannon L. Blady, PhD is the director of the Teacher Preparation and Certification Program. She is also a Professor of Practice and has been an educator for fifteen years at the elementary, middle, high school, undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research interests include Multiliteracies Pedagogy, literacy instruction, social and emotional learning, and critical pedagogy. Dr. Blady is the Paul Tudor Jones II Professor of Social Entrepreneurship.


 

Lisa M. Chmiola, MS, CFRE

Lisa M. Chmiola, MS, CFRE

Director of Development
lchmiola@tulane.edu
(504) 314-2719

In her role as director, Lisa works with the dean and staff in Newcomb-Tulane College to advance programming for undergraduate students. She works with alumni and parent donors on these initiatives, and will also network with colleagues across campus in the various schools to connect donors and ensure their philanthropy is meaningful. Before coming to Tulane, Lisa served as Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving at St. Agnes Academy, a Catholic girls’ preparatory school in Houston, Texas, where she was part of the Capital Campaign team. Prior to that, Lisa worked as Director of Advancement for the University of Houston College of Technology, and for the American Heart Association. Lisa has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Houston, and a master’s in public relations from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She has been a CFRE since 2011, and is an Association of Fundraising Professionals Master Trainer. Outside of campus life, she enjoys cooking, dancing, and spending time with Ava, her Miniature Schnauzer.


 

Kelly Grant, MA

Kelly Grant, MA

Associate Dean of Retention and Strategic Initiatives Professor of Practice in Management Communication
kgrant@tulane.edu
(504) 865-5484


 

Capt. Patrick Huete

Capt. Patrick Huete

Commanding Officer, Naval ROTC Professor of Naval Science
phuete@tulane.edu
504-865-5176

Captain Patrick Huete is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, and an alumnus of Jesuit High School.  He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1988 after earning a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree and was commissioned through the Georgia Tech NROTC program.

During his initial Division Officer tour from October 1989 to December 1992, Captain Huete served as Auxiliaries Officer, Main Propulsion Assistant, and Combat Information Center Officer in USS Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG 13).  Following this tour, Captain Huete joined the crew of USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) and served as Fire Control Officer through December 1994.

From December 1994 to May 1996 Captain Huete served in the Secretary of the Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs.  As a Liaison Officer to the U.S. House of Representatives for the 104th Congress, he assisted members of Congress and their staffs in their legislative relationships with the Department of the Navy.

Captain Huete’s next tour of duty was as Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer in USS Port Royal (CG 73) from April 1997 to August 2000.  During his tour Port Royal conducted two Western Pacific/Arabian Gulf deployments as Air Defense Commander for both USS Nimitz and USS Stennis Carrier Strike Groups.

After leaving Port Royal, Captain Huete earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, graduating in November 2001.

Captain Huete assumed command of USS Black Hawk (MHC 58) in June of 2002.  During his tour Black Hawk participated in two Western Atlantic deployments in support of homeland defense efforts.  Black Hawk earned all warfare area excellence awards each year of his command, as well as the Golden Anchor Award, the Unit Wellness Award, and Surface Ship Safety Award.

Captain Huete joined the Chief of Naval Operations staff in June of 2004, and served until July 2006 as the Ballistic Missile Defense Section Head, Theater Air and Missile Defense Branch, in the Surface Warfare Directorate (OPNAV N86).

Captain Huete assumed command of USS Crommelin (FFG 37) in December of 2006.  During his tour Crommelin deployed to Central and South America and conducted highly successful counter narcotic operations, interdicting over 71 million dollars of cocaine bound for the United States.

Captain Huete joined the staff of Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet in July 2008, and served until July 2011 as the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Division Head in the Operations Directorate.

From August 2011 to June 2014, he served on the staff of Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command as the Western Hemisphere Branch Chief, Current Operations, in the Operations Directorate.


 

Rebecca Mark, PhD

Rebecca Mark, PhD

Director, Center for Academic Equity
rebecca@tulane.edu
(504) 865-5460


 

Andrew Martinez, PhD

Andrew Martinez, PhD

Associate Dean Areas of responsibility: Students at Risk, Curriculum
martinez@tulane.edu
(504) 865-5720


 

Scott Pentzer, PhD

Scott Pentzer, PhD

Associate Dean, Center for Global Education
cge@tulane.edu
(504) 865-5339

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.


 

Molly Travis, PhD

Molly Travis, PhD

Associate Dean Areas of responsibility: Honor Board, Summer School, Curriculum
matravis@tulane.edu
(504) 865-5720

In her role as Associate Dean for Newcomb-Tulane College, Professor Travis deals with core curricular matters, coordinates the Honor Board, serves as sponsoring professor for the college’s interdisciplinary internship credit and for the Washington Semester Program, and oversees the operation of Tulane Summer School. She is an associate professor in the English department at Tulane, and has published scholarship in narrative theory, media theory, and gender and race in 19th- and 20th-century American, British, and South African literature and culture. In 1999 Professor Travis received the Tulane Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. She has been involved in numerous institutional efforts at Tulane to rethink undergraduate education and reform the curriculum: she chaired the President’s Task Force on Teaching (1996-97) and the President’s Strategic Planning Committee on the Undergraduate Experience (1998-99). In addition, she served as Director of the Office of Service Learning (2004-06), Interim Executive Director of the Newcomb College Institute (2008-09), and Associate Dean for Global Education (2010-13). Professor Travis is currently a member of the Presidential Commission on Race and Tulane Values.


 

Charlotte Maheu Vail, PhD

Charlotte Maheu Vail, PhD

Director, Honors Program
cmaheu@tulane.edu
(504) 865-5517

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.