Dean's Office Staff

John LaBrie Dr. Mary Loeffeholz
Interim Dean of the College of Professional Studies
Mary Loeffelholz, Professor of English and Interim Dean, earned her Ph.D. from Yale University and has been a member of Northeastern’s faculty since 1988. She chaired the English Department from 2001-2006, served as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Director of the Graduate School in the College of Arts and Sciences from 2006-2007, and was Special Assistant to the President for Academic Affairs in 2007-2008. She served as Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs from 2008-2016.  Dr. Loeffelholz currently serves on the Faculty Senate and was a member of the Faculty Senate Agenda Committee from 1992-1994. She has served in various leadership roles on the Faculty Senate and its committees, with a special emphasis on faculty development and academic leadership. A distinguished scholar of American literature, Dr. Loeffelholz is the author of three scholarly books, most recently From School to Salon: Reading Nineteenth-Century American Women’s Poetry (Princeton University Press, 2004). She is the editor of Volume D: 1914-1945 of the latest edition of the Norton Anthology of American Literature and a two-term past Chair of the American Literature Section of the Modern Language Association of America.

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Joanne Goldstein Joanne Goldstein
Associate Vice President of Workforce Development and Employer Engagement

Joanne Goldstein is associate vice president of workforce development and employer engagement for the College of Professional Studies. Her specific focus is on integrating workforce needs into academic programs. Additionally, she works with small and large businesses, employer groups and associations, labor organizations, workforce development agencies, and nonprofits to develop collaborative strategies to sustain a healthy workforce nationwide.

Prior to joining the College of Professional Studies, Joanne served as secretary of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 2010 to 2014. She was responsible for five agencies including the Departments of Unemployment Assistance, Career Services, Industrial Accidents, Labor Standards, and Labor Relations. Previously, she was chief of the Fair Labor Division of the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and her experience includes serving as general counsel to the Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO. Joanne graduated from Hofstra University Law School, and she is the recipient of numerous awards including the Cushing Gavin Award for Labor Management Relations and the Hofstra University School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award.


John Caron Dr. John Caron
Senior Associate Dean, Academic and Faculty Affairs

Dr. John Caron is the senior associate dean for academic and faculty affairs for the College of Professional Studies. Dr. Caron has 20 years of experience in higher education. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses, and has served as the chair of dissertation committees in the Doctorate of Education Program at Northeastern University. His research interests include academic governance and organizational development.

Prior to joining Northeastern University, he served as the associate dean of Continuing Education at Brown University. He began his career in student affairs at the University of Connecticut in Storrs and at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Dr. Caron served as interim dean of Admission and the First Year at Bennington College in Vermont. He left higher education for five years and ran a successful small business. The first in his family to attend college, Dr. Caron holds a BS from Providence College, an MA in sociology from the University of Connecticut, and an EdD from the University of Pennsylvania.


Catherine Kim Catherine S. Kim
Senior Associate Dean, Administration, Enrollment, and Student Affairs

Catherine S. Kim is the senior associate dean for administration, enrollment, and student affairs for the College of Professional Studies. Ms. Kim is responsible for the enrollment management, financial aid, marketing, admissions, information technology, human resources, and space planning units. She plays a lead role in setting and implementing future business directions for the College and in creating innovative solutions to improve college-wide efficiency and productivity.

Prior to joining Northeastern University, Ms. Kim was an attorney in the commercial litigation group at Hinckley Allen & Snyder LLP. She also taught as a part-time lecturer in the Legal Research and Writing Program at Boston University School of Law, and was a judicial research assistant for the Honorable David G. Sills, presiding justice at the California State Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division 3.

Ms. Kim holds a BA in English literature from Princeton University and a JD from Boston University. She also completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education and the inaugural Leadership Development Program at Northeastern University.

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Pat Plunkett Dr. Patrick F. Plunkett
Senior Associate Dean, Global Engagement; Executive Director, Northeastern University Global 

Dr. Patrick F. Plunkett is the senior associate dean for global engagement and the executive director of Northeastern University (NU) Global. Dr. Plunkett is responsible for advocating and coordinating international programs, advising the dean on international issues, and providing administrative oversight of the University's international affiliations and contracts.

Prior to his current appointment at Northeastern University, Dr. Plunkett served for two years as the acting dean of the University's Bouvé College of Health Sciences. He led the college through a period of transformational change by integrating 137 full-time faculty, 38 academic programs, and five research centers, formerly housed in two separate colleges, into one college. Before becoming acting dean, Dr. Plunkett served for nine years as the associate dean for academic affairs in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences. For seven years, he directed the University's Minority High School Student Research Apprentice Program.  Dr. Plunkett holds an AB in biology from Saint Anselm College, an MS in physiology from Rivier College, and an EdD in higher education administration from Northeastern University. He also completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.


Michael Gladstone Michael Gladstone
Associate Dean, Finance and Administration

Michael Gladstone is the associate dean of finance and administration for the College of Professional Studies. As chief financial officer, Mr. Gladstone is responsible for budget and finance, campus facilities, and information technology. He has held numerous positions at Northeastern University, including roles in central administration and teaching as an adjunct instructor in the College's Information Technology Program.

Prior to joining Northeastern University, Mr. Gladstone held various management positions in the private sector. Mr. Gladstone holds a BS in business administration with a concentration in management from Salem State College and an MBA from Northeastern University. He also completed the Management Leadership in Education Program at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.


Mya Mangawang Dr. Mya M. Mangawang

Associate Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs
Director, Graduate School of Education

Dr. Mya M. Mangawang is associate dean of academic and faculty affairs at Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies and director of the Graduate School of Education programs that include the Doctor of Education (EdD), the Master of Education (MEd), and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). 

Dr. Mangawang has an extensive background in higher education having served in various roles and capacities in colleges and universities spanning both student and faculty affairs. Prior to arriving at Northeastern, she served as a dean of student affairs at Bowdoin College, and then a resident dean at Harvard University, where she was a scholar in residence teaching courses in the history of art. Most recently, Dr. Mangawang served as an assistant provost for faculty affairs at Boston University supporting a full-time faculty of over 1,200. At BU she oversaw faculty orientations, the faculty promotion and appointment process, and designed an Emerging Leaders program to advance young faculty talent. 

Dr. Mangawang earned her AB from Dartmouth College, her MEd from the University of Vermont, and her MA and PhD from Bryn Mawr College.


Nancy PawlyshynNancy Pawlyshyn
Special Academic Officer

Nancy Pawlyshyn is special academic officer for the College of Professional Studies. She is responsible for coordinating a variety of faculty-wide initiatives for the College. She is also a member of the faculty in the graduate education leadership programs. These two roles blend academic and administrative responsibilities, strengthening key areas of strategic growth for the College.

Nancy brings deep academic and administrative experience in higher education management to this role, with a track record of success in creating and advancing faculty development programs, systems for assessment of student learning, and student success programs. The projects include her work as an initiator and adviser to the Kaleidoscope Project, a 20-institution implementation of a model for adoption of open education resources in curriculum to improve at-risk student retention and success, funded by the Gates Foundation. She also launched a faculty development program focused on promoting faculty as change agents at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY, that included scholarship, faculty learning communities and faculty professional ePortfolios. She was founding director for a Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning. 

Previously, Nancy was chief assessment officer and associate provost in academic affairs at Mercy College. She has also served as dean of social sciences, humanities, arts and physical education at San Jose Evergreen Community College District in San Jose, CA, and was chair of the Department of Communications at Simmons College in Boston. Nancy earned her BA and MS at Simmons College and her PhD at Capella University.


Kevin BellKevin Bell, Executive Director, Northeastern University Online Curriculum Development and Deployment

Kevin Bell is the executive director for online curriculum development and deployment at the College of Professional Studies. Mr. Bell leads Northeastern University's efforts toward the goal of high-quality, professional online programs based on industry and academic standards. He works closely with senior leadership to ensure that the Northeastern University Online strategy aligns with the College's five-year vision and with the University's academic and regional campus goals.

Prior to joining the College, Mr. Bell served as chief academic officer for the College of Online and Continuing Education and as Associate Vice President for Learning and Development at Southern New Hampshire University. He developed and implemented new processes for monitoring quality in online courses, managed consistent standards across the university's entire online portfolio, and supervised the oversight and expansion of instructional design and production teams. Mr. Bell also worked as the project manager for the multinational Open Educational Resource OER University, with the goal of opening global access to higher education for underserved communities. For five years, he was a client services manager for one of the largest language companies in Japan.

Mr. Bell holds an MA in Teaching with Internet Technologies from Marlboro College Graduate Center, and is currently a doctoral candidate in the EdD program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Read Kevin Bell's posts on the CPS blog, Aspire.

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Kevin Currie Kevin R. Currie
Special Advisor to the Dean

Kevin R. Currie is special advisor to the dean at Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies. He has nearly 30 years of experience in higher education, management consulting, sales, and training. Mr. Currie was the director of the State-of-the-Art Program at Northeastern University, where he also developed educational programs for Indonesia in voice and data communications, as well as a cooperative venture with the University of Oxford, England. He previously served the College of Professional Studies as executive director of Northeastern University Online.

Prior to joining the College of Professional Studies, he served as director of the corporate training group at Boston University, where he oversaw the delivery of programs to corporations and expanded the delivery from regional to international with programs in Egypt, England, the Netherlands, and other European countries. He also served as general manager of Nelson Communications, where he was the founding director of their Telesolutions division responsible for the oversight and presentation of executive-level programs across the United States and Europe. Mr. Currie holds a BA in English from Framingham State College and a Certificate in Training and Development from Boston University. 

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Debbie Berwaldt Deborah Berwaldt
Special Assistant and Project Administrator

Deborah Berwaldt is the special assistant and project administrator for Dr. John LaBrie at the College of Professional Studies. Ms. Berwaldt is responsible for ensuring that the daily operations of the Dean's Office run efficiently, particularly in the area of administrative support to the dean. Her key responsibilities include calendar management, assisting in tracking and completing key projects, communicating on behalf of the dean, and the oversight and planning of events and travel.

Prior to joining the dean's senior staff, she was the executive assistant to the provost at Northeastern University. Ms. Berwaldt holds a BS in health management from the College of Professional Studies, and is currently working toward an MPA in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern University.