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Associate Deans

Ellen Broselow, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences


As Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Ellen Broselow focuses on faculty recruitment, mentoring, development, and promotion, working with departments to build the strongest possible support networks for faculty at all levels. 
Ellen comes to this position from the Department of Linguistics, where she has been a professor since 1993 and served for six years as department chair. Her research focuses on the sound structure of human languages and on the influence of first language experience on the acquisition of a second language. With funding from NSF, NEH, and the National Science Foundation of the Netherlands, she has investigated the structure of various dialects of Arabic and of Salish, Bantu, and Austronesian languages, as well as the acquisition of English by speakers of Mandarin and Korean.  She has supervised a dozen PhD dissertations, served on numerous university committees including the Promotion and Tenure Committee and the Graduate Council, and been involved in interdisciplinary projects with faculty across the College. 

Peter Stephens, Professor of Physics and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Facilities in the College of Arts and Sciences

Peter Stephens came to the Physics Department (now Physics & Astronomy) at Stony Brook in 1980, where he is now Professor.  Besides his current work as Associate Dean of CAS for Academic Affairs and Facilities, he has taught courses ranging from The Physics of Musical Sound to Graduate Electrodynamics, and supervised eight Ph.D. theses.

Stephens says, “my research interests have centered around crystallography, a very powerful technique for determining the atomic structure of almost anything, from minerals to enzymes.  At least sixteen Nobel Prizes have been awarded for development or application of crystallographic techniques for elucidating the atomic structure of substances.  Most of what we know about the atomic structure of the world around us traces back to the hundred-year-old technique of X-ray diffraction; indeed 2014 is the International Year of Crystallography.

“It’s not always easy to coax materials into growing usable crystals.  Often a newly synthesized material is only available as a powder, which makes structural analysis a good deal trickier.  But quickly learning the atomic structure is key to understanding interesting properties such as superconductivity, magnetism, or drug action.  The National Synchrotron Light Source at nearby Brookhaven National Lab has been a great resource for this research.

“I love to collaborate with people who make new materials, and our group’s research has often been critical in guiding and interpreting the work of synthetic chemists.  For example, we’ve had an interesting collaboration with Joel Miller’s group at the University of Utah for a few years now studying framework materials of manganese, stuck together with cyanide molecules rather like Tinkertoys. The range of packing motifs, and their effect on the magnetic behavior of the compounds has been surprisingly rich.”

Assistant Deans 

Rebecca Bair, Assistant Dean for Advancement

bairRebecca provides direction and oversight to the College's Advancement Office.  In conjunction with the University Advancement Office, the College Advancement Office works to build relationships with alumni and friends engaging them in the work of the College and providing opportunities to use their resources to advance the mission of the College.

Rebecca Bair comes here from Arizona, where she has served in various roles ranging from a Governor-appointed position and was a member of two Joint Legislative Committees addressing chronic homelessness as well as in public and not-for-profit organizations operating in Arizona, California, Nevada, Pennsylvania and New York -- Banner Healthcare and Sun Health Foundation, Family Promise-Greater Phoenix, Catholic Healthcare West, Yavapai Regional Medical Center, Mountain Park Community Health Center, United Way, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, Arizona State University, Maricopa Community Colleges and Corning’s Founders Pavilion Skilled and Assisted Living Community.  She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive, and Crescendo Certified Planned Giving Associate with an undergraduate degree in business, a Masters in Human Resources Training and Development and a Doctorate in Business Administration.  Rebecca and her husband Brian are the parents of two college-aged sons.   


Ming Huang, Assistant Dean for Budget


As Assistant Dean for Budget, Ming Huang's responsibilities include the financial management and budget development for the college’s financial resources.

Ming has been with Stony Brook for the past eight years, serving most recently as the Senior Staff Assistant for Finance and Budget for the School of Dental Medicine. Before joining the Dental School, Ming served as the business manager for the Division of laboratory animal resources in the Health Sciences Center. 

An alumna of Stony Brook, Ming received a B.A. in History and M.S. in Management and Policy. 

Edward J. McFadden, Assistant Dean for Operations in the College of Arts and Sciences



Edward J. McFadden has been in working in higher education administration for more than twenty-five years. He has served as Assistant Dean for Operations for the College of Arts and Sciences for fourteen years. His areas of responsibility include: maintenance and facilities, procurement, technology, space management and planning.



Rachel Rodriguez, Communications Manager

rachelRachel Rodriguez brings a wealth of experience in copywriting, marketing, social media and public relations to her role as Communications Manager at the College of Arts & Sciences. She has experience on both the agency and corporate side, including industrial, technology, healthcare and optical industries. She served as part of the marketing and PR team for ClearVision Optical, Axios Products, Pall Corporation, and Ketchum Public Relations. Glad to return to the University setting, Rachel held a public relations internship at Utica College of Syracuse University’s Office of Media Relations. Rachel has a BS in public relations and journalism from Utica College of Syracuse University, and a MA in Communication Arts from New York Institute of Technology. 








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