Meet the Team
The Dean's Office works to strengthen the College in three broad areas: academics,
administration, and communication.
David Carl Wilson, Dean
Jennifer Broeder, Associate Dean of Professional Programs
Danielle MacCartney, Associate Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences Programs
Debby Miller, Director of Operations
Hannah Verity, Director of Global Programs
Jennifer Hasamear, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
David Broughton, Assistant to the Dean, Special Projects
Emily Grise, Executive Assistant
Cathy Sullivan, Development Officer
Linda Dahlgren, Grants Officer
Kelly Chambers, Graduate Assistant
David Carl Wilson
Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
Professor of Philosophy
David Carl Wilson is the Dean of Webster University's College of Arts & Sciences, which serves almost 8,000 students and offers 40 degree programs at 35 locations in six countries. As Dean he
has worked to raise the College's profile, to build its enrollments and quality, and to strengthen its resource base.During his tenure, the first endowed professorship in Webster's history has been established and many new programs have been launched, ranging from an undergraduate emphasis
in Biotechnology to the Global MA in International Relations.
Wilson also serves as Professor of Philosophy at Webster, teaching a variety of courses and lecturing widely on topics such as reasoning, ethics, science, religion, higher education, and leadership. He earned his PhD in Philosophy from UCLA, where he taught and served as Associate Provost until he came to Webster in 2002. He is the author of the highly regarded McGraw-Hill textbook, A Guide to Good Reasoning, and is on the editorial board of Philosophy of Management.
Wilson is actively involved in national higher education issues, having served in Boston for a year as a Fellow with the American Council on Education. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of ACE's Council of Fellows and as co-chair of their national Outreach and Engagement Committee.
Wilson is a leader in the St. Louis region. He is chairman of the board of directors of Upstream Theater and an engaged board member for the Academy of Science-St. Louis, the Missouri Biotechnology Association, the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute, the Missouri Humanities Council, and Cinema St. Louis. He serves on the steering committee of the Saint Louis Humanities Festival and also has been a fellow with Leadership St. Louis.
Associate Dean of Professional Programs
Jennifer Broeder has been newly appointed to Associate Dean in the College of Art and Sciences.Jenny will have as her domain the Division of Professional Programs, which encompasses the following: Counseling, Legal Studies, Nurse Anesthesia, and Nursing. She will be responsible for the entire range of academic quality control and curricular development issues, including accreditation, assessment, 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 become a nurse educator at that institution. After attaining her MSN she taught nursing of children courses 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 currently 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.
Associate Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences Programs
Danielle (Dani) MacCartney serves as the Associate Dean for the Liberal Arts and Sciences, including the Departments of: Biological Sciences; Behavioral and Social Sciences; English; History, Politics, and International Relations; Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies; International Languages and Cultures; Philosophy; and Religious Studies. She is responsible for academic quality control and curricular development issues, including accreditation, assessment, new program development/approval, online program development, under-enrolled classes, and student complaints.
Dani holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Irvine, and is an Associate Professor of Sociology, former Chair of the Women and Gender Studies program, and fellow of the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies. Her research focuses on race, class, gender, and sexual orientation inequality, especially in public policy. She is currently working on research projects regarding sexual orientation in the workplace; domestic violence; hate crimes; rape; and sexual orientation in international human rights law. Dani teaches a variety of courses at Webster, focusing on the topics of stratification, deviance and social justice.
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 the
nine 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.
Director of Global Programs
As Assistant to the Dean for Global Programs, Hannah is responsible for directing the Global MA in International Relations. She works to coordinate the program across six international sites and develop all administrative aspects of the program. In addition, Hannah is responsible for assisting with global program initiatives within the College of Arts and Sciences.
Hannah is a St. Louis native and holds a BA in American Studies and a Global MA in International Relations, both from Webster University. She is happy to return to Webster as a staff member and help to provide students with the same quality of education that she received as a student. For leisure Hannah enjoys traveling, reading (mostly non-fiction), theatre, the baseball Cardinals and spending time with her family and friends.
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Jennifer Hasamear serves as the marketing and communications coordinator. In this position, Jennifer oversees the marketing and communications for all programs, events, and activities in the College, as well as serves as liaison and works cooperatively with Webster's Global Marketing & Communication Department in maintaining the branding and overall messaging for the University.
Jennifer holds a BA in Mass Communications from Webster University. A St. Louis native, Jennifer started her career as a reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat and then decided to venture into the world of public relations and marketing. Prior to coming back to Webster, Jennifer worked at United Way of Great St. Louis and Saint Louis University. She is married with two children and a step-daughter. When she's not working, she enjoys swimming, exercising, reading, writing and spending time with her family and friends.
Assistant to the Dean, Special Projects
As Assistant to the Dean for Special Projects, David's responsibilities are to promote partnerships with biotech enterprises in the St. Louis and to facilitate the planning of the new Arts & Sciences building.
David has extensive business experience in finance, general management, and change management. He has held positions as Interim President and CEO of BioGenerator; Member of Board of Directors, Nidus Center; and Executive VP and COO of Nidus Center, where he led the initiative to develop, build, and operate the Nidus Center, which housed life science entrepreneurs and their startup companies. Prior to that he held positions at Monsanto Company related to strategic initiatives and financial management, including division controller and business redesign projects.
David has a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Missouri-Columbia and executive management training at Harvard University Business School and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as the board chairman of Ursuline Academy in Kirkwood and is active in the St. Louis life science community. David is married and the father of three adult children. He enjoys the challenge of golf and attending Cardinals' baseball and Mizzou football games.
Emily's role as Executive Assistant and Office Manager is multi-faceted, with responsibilities ranging
from para-professional support for the Dean and Associate Dean to event coordination to the management
of the College's professional development and travel funds.
Emily holds a BA in English from Transylvania University – a small liberal arts college in her hometown of Lexington, Kentucky – and an MFA in poetry from the University of Missouri—St. Louis. Her poems have appeared in several national literary journals, and she also volunteers as an Associate Poetry Editor for WomenArts Quarterly – a St. Louis-based publication which seeks to nurture and promote the work of women writers and artists. Outside the office, Emily enjoys good books, spin class, cooking, and quality time with her pet rabbit named Pickle. If you get her started, she'll wax extravagantly on the merits of the semicolon.
Development Officer, Development Office
As the Development Officer for the College of Arts & Sciences, Cathy is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding alumni and other donors in support of the College's priorities,
including academic programs, scholarships, endowed chairs and campus improvements. She works closely with the Dean to manage the Advisory Board and other volunteers and coordinates positive and purposeful donor relations. In addition, Cathy works collaboratively with her development colleagues to implement meaningful and strategic engagement opportunities to ensure the University reaches its financial goals.
Cathy holds a B. J. from Mizzou's School of Journalism. She started her career in government relations in Washington, DC before settling back in her native St. Louis and getting in development and alumni relations. Prior to joining Webster, Cathy worked as a development professional at Washington University in St. Louis, the Missouri Botanical Garden and the American Red Cross St. Louis Chapter. In her spare time, Cathy enjoys traveling, reading, spinning and spending time with family and friends.
Grants Officer, 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.
Kelly is currently serving as the Web and Marketing Communications Graduate Assistant for the 2013-
2014 academic year. Her responsibilities including assisting the communications coordinator with the creation and updating of department websites for the College of Arts and Sciences, contributing to the
Global Thinking blog, photography, social media, and graphic design needs.
She holds a BA in Communication from Truman State University and a Certificate of Specialization in Page Layout/Graphic Design from St. Louis Community College. She is currently studying for a MA in Communications Management at Webster University.
In her free time, Kelly likes to run (completing her first half marathon in 2012), practicing yoga, going to concerts, and attending Cardinals' games.