Meet the Dean’s Office Staff

David Terkla, Dean

Dean Terkla holds a BA in Economics from Williams College, and a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the faculty of UMass Boston in 1987 and is a Professor of Economics, with a joint appointment in the Department of Economics and the School for the Environment.  His research, which focuses on environmental and natural resource economics, and local and regional economic development, has been disseminated in four books and many other publications. He received the 2009 President’s Award for Public Service “for the enormous impact he has made on greater Boston and the state through his work identifying new industry clusters and their influences on the Massachusetts economy, his research on transportation planning that helped initiate significant legislative and policy changes, and his work in fisheries and ocean management.” He is currently a member of the legislatively appointed Scientific Advisory Committee for the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan and is on the editorial board for MassBenchmarks and the newly created online Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics. David has held several formal and informal leadership positions at UMass Boston. He served as chair of the Faculty Council Budget and Long-Range Planning Committee and chaired the Department of Economics for six years and recently completed four years as Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts before assuming his current position.  

Stephanie W. Hartwell, Associate Dean

Since joining the university as a faculty member in the Sociology Department in 1997 Stephanie has not only brought a renewed focus to applied sociology in the classroom, but has also filled a multitude of important leadership positions. Stephanie was one of the Criminal Justice program’s founding faculty and long-term major director and subsequently Sociology’s Graduate Program Director leading in the development of the programs’ PhD.  Serving as a full professor since 2009, Stephanie directs several extramural research projects.  She also received the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2012. Stephanie formerly served as the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and currently serves as Associate Dean for the College of Liberal Arts responsible for graduate programming and new initiatives including new academic programming, research, and advancement. 

Pratima Prasad, Associate Dean

Pratima joined the university in 2002 as a faculty member in the Modern Languages Literatures and Cultures Department. In this capacity, she taught French courses that spanned from introductory courses to advanced electives in her area of expertise: 19th-century French literature and culture. Pratima also guided the MLLC as department chair before assuming her current role as Associate Dean. In this position, Pratima functions as the liaison for personnel matters, interacting directly with the college’s departments and the Collegiate Personnel Committee. She oversees scheduling for all departments in the college, and serves as the representative for the college on the Academic Policy Group. International programming and new undergraduate programming and majors also fall under Pratima’s purview. As a faculty member, Pratima continues to lead student groups to France.

Kim Ho, Assistant Dean

Kim joined the UMass Boston staff in 2005 as the accountant and grant administrator for the Institute of Community Inclusion. Kim also served as the Business Manager for the College of Liberal Arts before assuming her current position as the college’s Assistant Dean for Finance. She is responsible for the oversight and management of the unit budget, the management of fiscal functions related to budgeting, as well as needs assessment, allocation and analysis of resource use for the college.

Diann Simmons, Assistant Dean

Diann’s storied history at UMass Boston began in the Gerontology Department, from which she moved on to Institutional Research as an analyst. Since then, Diann has earned a PhD within the College of Education and Human Development. Diann is currently putting this broad knowledge of the university to work as the Assistant Dean responsible for course scheduling and events.

Eddie Sze, Business Manager

Eddie Sze joined the UMass Boston staff in 2009 as an accountant for the Institute for Community Inclusion, by way of State Street Bank’s Mutual Fund Department. Originally from Hong Kong, Eddie is a UMass Boston graduate and currently serves as the Business Manager for the Dean’s Office in the College of Liberal Arts. As such, Eddie is the contact person for reimbursements and purchasing within the college. 

Joyce Sangrey Morgan, Director of CLA First

Since 1999 Joyce has been heavily involved in ensuring the success of students within the College of Liberal Arts, from Student Affairs and Student Activities and Leadership, to the Dean of Students Office, Joyce has continually advocated for students from many positions within the university. Indeed, Joyce continues to do so in her current role as the Director of CLA First, the college’s “freshman success” learning community, as well as through her work with SophoMORE, the freshman program’s corollary. Joyce is also involved with Orientation, which is not surprising considering she loves welcoming new students to our community and setting them up for success.

Ana Frega, Director of CLA Advising

As the Director of CLA Advising Ana works to ensure that all declared majors in the College of Liberal Arts benefit from professional academic advisors,  as well as faculty advisors and mentors. Ana is a member of the National Academic Advising Association. She serves on their regional steering and conference planning committees, and has also been recognized as an “Emerging Leader” by NACADA. Ana is happy to help connect students to advisors, as well as field questions about advising.  

Louise Putnam, Executive Assistant to the Dean

Louise Putnam came to UMass Boston in October of 2010 as the Visual Resources Manager in the Art Department.  Prior to her role with us at UMass, she was the Assistant Director of Visual Resources in the Department of Art at the University of Virginia from 1986 to 2010 and has coordinated and facilitated many projects, both academic and administrative, in her 20+ years in Visual Resources. Louise has worked in the non-profit, for-profit, and academic worlds and is happiest supporting the mission of UMass Boston.