The Dean's Office Team

The Dean's Office Team

The School of Liberal Arts is comprised of 21 academic departments and undergraduate programs, 5 graduate and professional programs, 2 academic centers, and one institute. The Dean's Office provides support and oversight to approximately 150 faculty and staff members. Each member of the Dean’s Office has a particular portfolio of responsibilities, outlined briefly below. Together, we function as a tight-knit team: our areas of responsibility and expertise sometimes overlap, and we take a highly collaborative approach to much of what we do. Ask any of us for guidance or help and we’ll be sure to assist and connect you appropriately! 

Corey Cook, PhD, Executive Vice President and Provost and Acting Dean


Molly Metherd, Associate Dean

Molly has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Texas at Austin. She has taught at Saint Mary's for over twenty years in the English department and the Women's and Gender Studies Program. She joined the SOLA Dean's office in 2023. 


Vacant, Assistant Dean


Karen Chew, Academic Operations Manager

Karen has an M.P.A. and a background in local government, and she has been at Saint Mary’s since June 2015. Karen is responsible for providing administrative assistance to the Dean, Assistant Dean, and Associate Dean, and some of her primary responsibilities include: 

  • Managing the Dean's schedule and calendar; 
  • Assisting with the preparation of contracts and payment requests;
  • Maintenance and development of administrative records;
  • Coordinating the semi-annual SOLA alumni newsletter;
  • Coordinating meetings and events;
  • General office operations and reception;
  • Preparing minutes for committees chaired by the Dean.