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The College of Arts & Sciences Staff

Pamela Barnett, Ph.D., Dean

Barnett Pamela_DSC_7559Dean Pamela Barnett oversees all undergraduate arts and sciences programs for the university’s historic women’s college. She also leads the team of advisors and educational specialists who support the first year experience.

Dean Barnett began her career at the University of South Carolina where she was tenured as an Associate Professor of English & African American Studies in 2004. As a professor, she published on issues of race and gender in 20th century American literature, including a book which examines literature written in response to the liberation movements of the 1960’s. In 2004, Dean Barnett transitioned to an administrative role at Princeton University, serving as Associate Director of the McGraw Center for Teaching & Learning where she was responsible for undergraduate academic support services and faculty development initiatives. From 2007-2014, Dean Barnett served as an Associate Vice Provost at Temple University, where she was charged with fostering excellent teaching in the university’s 16 schools and colleges.

Dean Barnett now publishes in the field of teaching and learning, most recently on issues of diversity and inclusive pedagogy, educational technology, faculty development and organizational change. She is on the editorial board for the international journal Teaching in Higher Education as well as Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy. In 2014, she was named to the Research & Innovation Advisory Board for the Higher Education Teaching & Learning Association (HETL).

Dean Barnett graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Barnard College, the women’s college of Columbia University. She earned her Ph.D. in English from Emory University.    202.884.9202  |  Office location: Main 202

Douglas Harrison, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs

DHarrisonIn his role as Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, Dr. Harrison provides comprehensive support for arts and sciences faculty. His responsibilities include professional development for faculty and instructors of all ranks, with a focus on facilitating excellence in teaching. Additionally, Dr. Harrison supports faculty at all stages of the rank and tenure process to prepare academic portfolios that reflect their achievements and contributions to the college’s mission. This work extends Dr. Harrison’s extensive experience as a national consultant, along with Peter Seldin and J. Elizabeth Miller, authors of The Academic Portfolio, on faculty development and performance evaluation. He also works closely with program chairs to staff and schedule courses for the college.

Dr. Harrison came to Trinity from James Madison University, where he was Associate Professor of English and Assistant Director of the Center for Faculty Innovation.

He has published widely in American religious culture studies. His book on the culture of southern white gospel music was published by the University of Illinois Press in its Music in American Life series. Dr. Harrison is the recipient of the Library of Congress’s Kluge Fellowship in the Social Sciences and Humanities, and his work on blogging and the professoriate has been recognized by the NEA’s Award for Excellence in the Academy.

Dr. Harrison has also been a Faculty Senate President and a member of the Board of Trustees at Florida Gulf Coast University, where he began his career. He received his bachelor’s degree in English from the Pierre Laclede Honors College at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and his PhD in English from Washington University in St. Louis.   202.884.9223  |  Office location: Main 210

Mary Carmel Etienne, M.A., Assistant Dean

Etianne Mary CASAs the Assistant Dean, Mary Etienne directs, coordinates, and supervises the advising operations in the college. She believes in the transformative potential of education and is passionate about creating inclusive learning environments where students of all backgrounds feel validated and supported to make positive change in their lives and the world.

Mary has worked in higher education administration since 2006. Before coming to Trinity Washington she directed the operations and assessment at the Teaching and Learning Center at Temple University. As part of her previous role, she co-authored an article on self-authorship in faculty development programs.

Mary has a Master’s degree in Geography and Urban Studies from Temple University and a BA in Sociology and Economics from the University of Connecticut. She is interested in exploring issues of social justice, youth marginalization, and social identity. She has presented on race and diversity at national conferences since 2011.    202.884.9268  |  Office location: Main 206

Kathelon Toliver, Assistant Director of Academic Administration


Kathelon Toliver supports the Office of Academic Affairs by working directly with the Provost and other senior staff on projects that involve full -and-part time faculty. Her other administrative duties include the academic calendar, course scheduling, academic catalog, faculty scholarship,  and other comprehensive assignments that support the College of Arts and Sciences. Kathelon also works directly with the faculty services team to facilitate and support their efforts.

At the start of her career in academia, Ms. Toliver served as a graduate counselor and recruiter for the Florida State University Study Abroad Program in London, England. After two years abroad, she moved to DC to attend graduate school at Howard University. Ms. Toliver has since held various roles as an Admissions Officer for Howard University School of Law and Registrar and Executive Assistant to the Head of School at Alexandria Country Day School. Formally as the Assistant to the Provost and Vice President, Ms. Toliver now serves as the Director of Academic Administration at Trinity Washington University.

Ms. Toliver graduated with her Master of Arts in Organizational Communication from Howard University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Florida State University.  202-884-9201  |  Office location: Main 203

Advising Staff

Eva Morgan, Assistant Director of Academic Advisor

Morgan-Eva--CAS-Advisor-smEva Morgan is the Assistant Director of Academic Advising and former adjunct professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. Ms. Morgan comes to Trinity with an eclectic professional background which includes six years as a Senior Editor at PRNewswire Service, where she was frequently recognized as an error-free editor, and eight years as a Reading and Language Arts teacher at Clayton County Public Schools, where she was nominated twice for Teacher of the Year at Pointe South Middle School. As a former transfer student herself, Ms. Morgan is particularly passionate about Trinity’s transfer student population and enjoys supporting students as they make the College of Arts and Sciences their new academic home.

Ms. Morgan graduated with a Master of Education degree from the Tift College of Education at Mercer University and is a certified Reading Specialist. In her free time, Ms. Morgan reads voraciously, laughs uproariously, travels occasionally, and roots unapologetically for the Florida State Seminoles, New York Yankees, and Pittsburgh Steelers.  202-884-9216  |  Office location: Main 213

Alecia Duncan-Thomas, Academic Advisor

Thomas-D -Alecia--CAS-Advisor-smAlecia Duncan-Thomas is an Academic Advisor and advises first and second year students in the College of Arts & Sciences. Ms. Duncan is the point person for undeclared students or students that are interested in changing majors. She is also a support liaison for the Triage Program.

Ms. Duncan has over six years of experience in advising and counseling a diverse population of students in higher education. Ms. Duncan began her career as an International Student Advisor at Wayne State University in 2008, where she advised students regarding immigration, academic, and personal concerns. She also assisted in coordinating cultural programs for students and for the entire Wayne State community. Ms. Duncan later transitioned to Academic Affairs at George Mason University in 2011, serving as a Student Success Advisor.  In that role, she advised first year students, coordinated a learning community, and taught sections of a seminar course for students enrolled in the ACCESS program.

Ms. Duncan has a passion for co-designing blueprints with students for making their academic, career, and personal goals a reality. She is thrilled to be working with such AMAZING students and a vibrant advising team in advancing student success initiatives at Trinity.

Ms. Duncan holds her Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from Wayne State University and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater Arts from Howard University.  Outside of work, she enjoys dancing, theater, attending festivals and live musical performances.  202-884-9287  |  Office location: Main 211

Cassy Griff, Ph.D., Academic Advisor

DSC_4816Cassy Griff is an Academic Advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences. Her advising focuses on helping incoming students–especially first-time and first-generation college students—learn to navigate the university system.

Dr. Griff has five years of experience advising students as the former Graduate Coordinator of the U.S. Latina/o Studies program at the University of Maryland, College Park. During her time with U.S. Latina/o Studies, she advised students who came through the program and developed programming specifically geared toward Latina/o student needs and experiences. In addition to advising and programming, Dr. Griff also served as a Graduate Instructor, teaching introductory courses in American Studies and U.S. Latina/o Studies as well as upper-level elective courses focusing on fashion and Latinidad and body size in popular culture.

Dr. Griff earned her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park and her B.A. from Cornell University. Her dissertation research examined public and political discourse surrounding Latina/o immigration and the “obesity epidemic” from the 1990s to the present.  202-884-9296  |  Office location: Main 208

Jazmine Newkirk, Academic Advisor

DSC_4811Jazmine Newkirk is an Academic Advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Ms. Newkirk graduated from Hampton University with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling.  During her time at Hampton, Ms. Newkirk was a Graduate Assistant in the Office of the Dean of Residence Life.  It was there she found her passion for creating and implementing programs that foster personal and academic growth within students.  Ms. Newkirk also worked with the Department of Freshman Studies at HU where she was given the opportunity to advise freshman students and co-teach a University 101 course.

In her free time, Ms. Newkirk loves to spend time with her family, go to concerts and collect vinyl records.  Ms. Newkirk is excited to be a part of the Trinity family and looks forward to working with such a unique group of students!  202-884-9298  |  Office location: Main 214

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