Dean's Office: Meet the Team
The dean's office works to strengthen the College in three broad areas: academics, administration, and communication.
Jennifer Broeder, Interim Co-Dean, Division of Professional Programs
Joseph Stimpfl, Interim Co-Dean, Division of Liberal Arts & Sciences Programs
Debby Miller, Director of Operations
Erin Cornell, Strategic Initiatives Coordinator
Linda Dahlgren, Grants Officer
Interim Co-Dean, Division of Professional Programs
Professor of Nursing
Jennifer Broeder serves as Interim Co-Dean of the College of Art and Sciences Division of Professional Programs, which encompasses the Departments of Professional Counseling, Legal Studies, Nurse Anesthesia, and Nursing. She is responsible for the entire range of academic quality control and curricular development issues, including accreditation, assessment, and new program development.
Jenny holds a BSN from SIU-Edwardsville, and her MSN and PhD in Nursing from Saint Louis University. She began her career as a registered nurse at St. Louis Children's Hospital and within 2 years became a nurse educator at that institution. After attaining her MSN, she taught courses in the nursing of children at SIU-E School of Nursing before coming to Webster University as an adjunct faculty member in 1995. In 2002, she began teaching full time at Webster University in the Nursing Department where she became the MSN Program Coordinator and, most recently, served as Chair from 2010-13. As Associate Professor in Nursing, her teaching interests include nursing theory, research, and leadership, while her research interest is mothering preterm infants. Jenny is currently consulting on a study about nurses who have given birth to preterm infants. She serves on the YMCA Kirkwood-Webster Groves Board of Directors. When not working, she enjoys exercising, gardening, cooking, and traveling to visit her grown sons.
Interim Co-Dean, Division of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Professor of Religious Studies
Joseph Stimpfl is Interim Co-Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences Division of Liberal Arts & Sciences and a Professor of Religious Studies at Webster University. He holds a PhD in the field of Educational Anthropology and an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds a MEd in English Language Arts and an AB in English from the University of Missouri. His research has dealt with Malay Muslims in Singapore, religious schools in Thailand, Malay village life, Malay dress, Indonesian primary school teachers, and Malay magic. He has also done research on Asian immigrants in the United States. He served as an Education Officer with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the Vietnamese Refugee Resettlement Program. He was an ESL teacher in Malaysia with the Peace Corp and also taught ESL at a Teacher’s Training College in Thailand. He also served several years as an Associate Dean in International Affairs and Director of Study Abroad at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. In addition, he was a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology and Director of the Undergraduate Program in International Affairs.
Director of Operations
Debby, as administrative officer and chief of staff, manages the overall administrative operations of the College. She oversees budgets, facilities, staff support, and space issues for the Dean's office and all departments within the College of Arts & Sciences.
Debby has a BA in Psychology from Webster University, and is currently working on a MA in Management and Leadership. She enjoys hiking, gardening, and spending time with her two children.
Strategic Initiatives Coordinator
Erin is a native of Jacksonville, Illinois, and holds a BA in Education from Illinois State University and a BS in Advertising from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Erin is a licensed special educator for students who are deaf or hard of hearing and served as a special educator at the Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville, where she taught language arts at the secondary level for five years. She also has experience in public relations and marketing communications, having worked as an account executive for Fleishman-Hillard in Chicago, Illinois.
Grants Officer, Alumni & Development Office
Linda Dahlgren is based in the Office of Alumni & Development's Corporate, Foundations, and Government Relations Team (CFGR) as a Grants Officer for the College of Arts & Sciences. She helps to identify external funding opportunities and develop proposals for support of scholarships, research, professional development, course development, and other activities that advance institutional goals. As part of the CFGR Team, Linda collaborates with other institutional resources to identify projects for grant solicitation and build faculty and staff interest in and capacity for grant seeking.
Linda has worked in the field of non-profit development since 1996 and has secured and implemented more than $8 million in private, public, and corporate funding. She's been privileged to work on a variety of projects that made a positive difference in the world, including a State Department exchange program for Russian entrepreneurs and a program offering vision and hearing screenings for area schoolchildren.
A native St. Louisan, Linda holds a BA in Anthropology with a minor in Linguistics from Mizzou. She enjoys camping, hiking, cooking, and gardening with her husband and two young children; she plans to pursue an MA in Media Literacy when her youngest is out of preschool.