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Rachelle Germana, PhD

Shelley Germana has worked in higher education for over 15 years, with leadership roles in both student affairs and academic affairs. She is currently the Assistant Dean and Director of the Undergraduate Colleges at Stony Brook University. 

Dr. Germana earned her PhD in Sociology from Rutgers University, where she also taught introductory courses on sociological topics as well as upper-division courses on gender and sexuality. Prior to coming to Stony Brook, Dr. Germana taught in the Gender Studies program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice - CUNY and was the Associate Director of Academic Programs for First-Year Students. Her work included multi-disciplinary curriculum development and assessment. Dr. Germana also previously worked in residential education, with a focus on first-year transitions, and served as a director of a summer academic program at Stanford University. In her current role, Dr. Germana is responsible for the Undergraduate Colleges, six first-year academic communities that include first-year seminars, customized advising and support, and co-curricular programming. She also coordinates five interdisciplinary minors through the Undergraduate College Academies. 


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