Dean's Office Staff

Dr. Mary Loeffelholz
Dean, College of Professional Studies

Mary Loeffelholz, 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.

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
Senior Associate Dean, Finance and Administration 

Michael Gladstone is the senior 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.

David Fields
Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs

David Fields is the Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs for Professional Programs (undergraduate and graduate) at the College of Professional Studies. Prior to this position, David served the college as the Director of Global Student Success and most recently as the Assistant Dean, Graduate Academic and Faculty Affairs. He has worked closely with senior leadership and faculty to advance initiatives of the college, such as growing the number of full-time faculty in the college’s graduate programs and collaboratively launching graduate programs in the university’s newest regional campuses – Silicon Valley and Toronto.

Prior to joining Northeastern University, David served in research posts at the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College and was the Associate Director, Office of Internships and Career Development, at Emmanuel College. He has also served in multiple consulting roles working for both private and public institutions and has developed and taught both online and on-ground courses at Michigan State University, the University of San Diego, Emmanuel College and Boston College.

David holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration from Boston College and a MEd in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University.

Molly Smith Dugan
Associate Dean, Boston Community Partnerships and Pathway Programs
Assistant Teaching Professor, Foundation Year

Molly Smith Dugan leads Northeastern’s Foundation Year, a rigorous first-year college program for graduates of Boston high schools, ContiNUe, the partnership with Boston Ballet, and Balfour Academy. She teaches in the Undergraduate Education programs. Her research interests include higher education access, persistence, and attainment of first-generation and nontraditional students. Dr. Dugan is the coauthor of the book chapter, “Toward a Dynamic Design of Learning with Texts” in the 2009 Handbook of Research on Multiliteracies and Technology Enhanced Education: Social Practice and the Global Classroom. As director of the Foundation Year program, Dr. Dugan oversees curriculum and instruction, marketing and communications, recruitment and admissions, student advising and support, registration and scheduling, and internal and external partnerships. She presents on the Foundation Year model at national and international conferences and participates in the faculty-led College of Professional Studies Writing Group to assess the academic needs of bachelor's completion and graduate students and the professional development needs of faculty members.

Previously, Dr. Dugan worked as the associate director of teacher education at Rutgers University and on the Teacher Education Clinical faculty at Boston College. She has extensive experience teaching English and literacy courses to high school and college students.

Lydia R.L. Young
Associate Dean, Graduate School of Education
Associate Teaching Professor, Graduate School of Education

Lydia Young creates innovative programs and opportunities that support educator development; designs, revises, and oversees curriculum development for the master's programs in education; and develops resources for graduate students, teacher candidates, faculty members, and various stakeholders. In her pedagogical practice and curriculum development, Dr. Young explores critical literacy, fostering teacher candidates as change agents, and constructivism. She teaches Education as an Advanced Field of Study, Language, Culture, and Literacy in the Middle and High Schools, and Teaching in the Disciplines: English Methods, as well as several other courses. From 2008 to 2011, she served as the director of field placement for the Master of Arts in Teaching program. Dr. Young is a member of the American Educational Research Association and the National Council of Teachers of English and has presented on ePortfolios in a Master of Education program, positionality theory, and using technology with teacher candidates. She was nominated for a Northeastern University Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011.

Previously, Dr. Young worked with the Boston Public Schools Office of College and Career Connections, the College Bound Program at Boston College, and served as a literacy consultant to small and technical high schools. Prior to working in higher education, she taught secondary English.