Vera Eccarius-Kelly, Ph.D.,
Associate Dean and Professor of Political Science
316 Siena Hall
Vera joined the Department of Political Science in 2002 and has been serving
as Associate Dean of Liberal Arts since 2009 in addition to teaching a range of
courses in comparative politics and Middle East and Latin American politics.
As the Associate Dean, Vera works closely with faculty members interested in
curricular revisions and mentors faculty in preparation of their tenure and
promotion. In addition, she collaborates with students who are actively involved
with the Fair Trade and Social Justice Program on campus.
Vera’s research focuses on Kurdish Diaspora politics and mobilization with a
particular interest in Germany and the wider EU region. She holds a B.A. in
International Studies and Spanish from Macalester College, St. Paul, MN and
a MALD (Master of Arts and Diplomacy) from The Fletcher School of Law and
Diplomacy, Tufts University, Boston, MA. In 2002, she earned her Ph.D. from
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
She enjoys international travel, honing her language skills, hiking, gardening,
kayaking and Fair Trade activities.
321 Siena Hall
Diana manages the daily operations of the School of Liberal Arts Office in response
to the administrative needs of the Dean, Department Chairs and faculty including
budgets, reimbursements, office supply inventory, faculty searches, coordination
of faculty offices and equipment purchases.
Diana has her Associates Degree in Applied Science in Business from Hudson
Valley Community College. She is currently a part-time student in Siena's School
of Business working toward her Bachelor of Science Degree in Management.
Diana is a Beta Gamma Sigma lifetime member and recently received the 21st
Century Leadership Award from the school.
In her spare time, Diana enjoys spending time with her husband and three children,
camping, and vacationing in Aruba.
Student Services Coordinator
321 Siena Hall
Kristen is the first point of contact for all students and families who visit the office.
Kristen works closely with transfer students, commuter students and work study
students within the School of Liberal Arts. As part of her duties, Kristen assigns
student advisors, helps students to change their major/minor, etc., or fill out other
important forms including Independent Study, Internship, Tutorial and Transfer
Credit Permission Forms. Kristen also assists with student registration and
Kristen has a bachelor’s degree in Education from the College of Saint Rose in
Albany, NY and an Associate’s degree in Education from Maria College in Albany,
NY. She also has an Associate’s degree in Office Information Technology-
Microcomputers from Bryant and Stratton College. During her career she has
worked with students of all ages from pre-school through college.
Kristen’s interests include reading, kayaking, and gardening. Her greatest loves
are her family, the beach, and her pets (three lop eared bunnies, George, Lemmy
and Tigger) and a Yorkshire Terrier, Bandit (stop by the office to see pictures!).
437A Siena Hall
Allison works with students in a number of capacities including study abroad
advisement, programming to help students envision their professional selves,
administration of SoLA SAINTS (the school's alumni mentors program) and
serving as the Liberal Arts Mentor to all incoming undeclared students. Allison
also assists faculty with the development of new courses or changes to existing
ones, works with departments on assessments of majors and minors, and
maintains the schools' web pages.
Allison joined the SoLA team in the Fall of 2011. She has worked in higher
education for nearly twenty years and has held a variety of roles in student
advisement and programming, financial aid, and college admissions consulting.
Allison received a BA in Government from Cornell University and an MA in
Public Policy from Georgetown University.
Allison enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling, running, and
relaxing on the back porch.
Janet Shideler, Ph.D.
Dean of School of Liberal Arts and
Professor of Modern Languages and Classics (French)
Janet joined the Department of Modern Languages and began serving as Dean
of Liberal Arts in August 2012. Prior to that, she was Associate Dean at SUNY
Empire State College. She has also worked extensively in international programs
and exchanges and in the area of Canadian Studies.
Although she is a generalist who teaches French language, literature and culture
courses for students at all levels of proficiency, her area of specialization is
Francophonie: the study of the culture, history and literature of French-speaking
people outside of France. As a result, she has developed “study away” courses to
Louisiana, North Africa and the Caribbean. Her research focuses primarily on
Franco-Americans: immigrants and descendants of immigrants who came from
French Canada to the Northeastern United States.
Janet received her BA in French from the University of Toronto, Trinity College, an
MA in French from McGill University, and her Ph.D. in French from the University
of Massachutsetts at Amherst.
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In collaboration with students' advisors, Donna supports students with academic
direction and support; evaluates transfer credits; meets with transfer students
upon acceptance, implements course schedules in collaboration with Dean and
Donna studied Communication with a focus in Graphic Design at Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute where she received the "Founders Award of Excellence."
She completed a M.A. in Liberal Studies with a focus in Psychology, Sociology,
and Leadership at Excelsior College and received the "Mastermind" award for
her creative thesis.
Donna enjoys reading and creative writing.