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Dean’s Office Staff

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Suite is located on the fourth floor of the Austin Building, rooms 401-411.


Davita Silfen Glasberg became interim Dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2017. She joined UConn in 1988 as an assistant professor, was head of the Department of Sociology from 2004 to 2011, and served as CLAS Associate Dean of Social Science and Undergraduate Education from 2011-2017. Her research interests are political sociology and political economy; human rights; race, class, and gender; and social inequality. Her co-edited book, Human Rights in Our Own Back Yard: Injustice and Resistance in the United States received the 2012 Hirabayashi Book Award for Best Book from the American Sociological Association Human Rights Section. In 2004 and 2011 she won the sociology department’s faculty mentoring award. She earned her BA cum laude and a master’s degree in sociology from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Robin Côté became associate dean for physical sciences after serving as associate head of the Department of Physics from 2014 to 2016. He earned his BS in physics from Université du Québec à Rimouski (QC, Canada), his MS in physics from Laval University (QC, Canada), and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before arriving at UConn in 1999, he was an ITAMP Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. His most recent research includes understanding and controlling long-range interactions in ultracold systems for applications in quantum information science, ultracold chemistry, Rydberg physics, and few and many-body phenomena.

  • Associate Dean Andrew Moiseff
  • Professor of Physiology and Neurobiology
  • Phone: (860) 486-4402
  • Email:
Andrew Moiseff is the associate dean for life sciences. He received his BS in biology with departmental honors from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His Ph.D. from Cornell University was in neurobiology with concentrations in animal behavior and electrical engineering. Following his postdoctoral training at the California Institute of Technology he joined the UConn faculty as an assistant professor. From 1995-1997 he served as interim head of the Department of Physiology and Neurobiology. His research in the area of sensory neuroetholgy seeks to unravel the neurophysiological foundations of animal behaviors.

Cyrus Ernesto (“Ernie”) Zirakzadeh became associate dean for social sciences in 2017, having previously served in the position from 2006-2011. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan, his master’s degree from Stanford University, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a member of UConn’s Department of Political Science for more than thirty years. He has served as director of the University's Honors Programs and has chaired the University's Senate Executive Committee three times. He has published research on comparative social movements; political theory and popular art; and experiments with participatory and "small-d" democracy.

Deborah Shelby and her staff are responsible for the business operations of the College, including financial administration, personnel, and space-construction management. Before joining CLAS she held similar responsibilities for the College of Engineering at Boston University. She managed the construction of two major buildings and many renovations and developed a financial system. Also at BU, she served in financial administration and special projects for the Provost’s Office.

  • Assistant Dean Mansour Ndiaye
  • Executive Director, CLAS Academic Services Center
  • Phone: (860) 486-2822
  • Email:
Mansour Ndiaye oversees the College's undergraduate advising services and also supports Departments with course projections and needs. Prior to joining the CLAS Academic Services Center in 2011, he worked with the Student-Athlete Success Program (SASP) at UConn for seven years. He received a BS in management information systems from the School of Business and a BA with a double major in economics and French from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut. He later earned a Ph.D. in kinesiology from the Neag School of Education.

Dean’s Staff

Rebecca (Becky) Bacher Director, CLAS Academic Services (860) 486-2822
Amy DeFlumere Executive Assistant to the Dean (860) 486-3221
Kane Lynch Finance Director (860) 486-5028
Maryann Markowski Administrative Coordinator (860) 486-3639

CLAS Advancement

Christine Buckley Director of Communications (860) 486-0680
Bri Diaz Associate Director of Communications (860) 486-4958
Laurel White Communications and Stewardship Manager (860) 486-5661
Gregory Bernard Director of Alumni Relations (860) 486-1202
Andrew Kim Assistant Director of Alumni Relations (860) 486-8423
Tessa Bravata Alumni Relations Graduate Assistant (860) 486-6018
Rachel Marshall Director of Development (860) 486-2983
Sarah Fonts Assistant Director of Development (860) 486-6539


CLAS Academic Services Center

423 Whitney Road, Unit 1126


CLAS Advancement Team

Dean’s Suite, Austin Building, Unit 4098


CLAS Business Services Center

Suite 345, Austin Building, Unit 4098


CLAS Computer Support Group

Suite 345, Austin Building, Unit 4098


CLAS Dean’s Advisory Board


CLAS Office of Communications

Dean’s Suite, Austin Building, Unit 4098