Dr. Nancy A. Roseman's Biography

Photograph of Dr. Nancy A. RosemanNancy A. Roseman is steeped in the liberal arts and sciences tradition-from her undergraduate education at Smith College to her 21-year career at one of the premier liberal-arts institutions in the nation. She began her career at Williams College in 1991 as a professor of biology. Since 2000 she has served in senior administrative positions including dean of the college for seven years, assistant to the president for special projects and director of the Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford University. In these roles she was closely involved with management of the college, budget development and management, policy decisions and implementation of institutional initiatives, including developing and implementing a strategic plan. Significant improvements were made to the college's academic requirements and offerings; interdisciplinary teaching received additional resources; facilities were improved, including significant renovations to residence halls; and dramatic enhancements occurred in student and residential life.


Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford University
Tutor for Visiting Students and Visiting Fellows
Exeter College

Roseman received a two-year appointment to direct Williams' study-abroad program, located at Oxford University. As program director at one of the world's great international universities, Roseman managed all aspects of the student experience-from overseeing the academic program and maintaining relations with the various colleges at Oxford and their fellows to student-life matters such as housing and risk management.

Significant accomplishment:
Historically, few science students apply to the Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford University. During her tenure Roseman was able to develop more avenues for science students to study and do research at Oxford.

Assistant to the President for Special Projects

After serving as dean of the college an extraordinary seven years, Roseman was asked to serve as assistant to the president for special projects because of her in-depth knowledge of the institution and her ability to coordinate between various constituents.

Significant accomplishment:
The development and implementation of a new policy to enable students on aid to purchase textbooks using grant monies provided by the financial-aid office. Such a policy required coordination and cooperation among offices across the college and the support of financial-aid students and faculty.

Dean of the College

Roseman reported to the president as a member of senior staff and served on a number of governance committees. She had a comprehensive and far-reaching set of responsibilities that encompassed all aspects of student life at Williams and involved working with virtually every internal department and external constituent group that intersects with Williams. As dean, she had primary responsibility for academic, social and residential life, including the Academic Resource Center; study away; the Multicultural Center and international students; career counseling; Chaplains' Office; campus safety and security, disciplinary issues and crisis management; and the health center and psychological counseling services. She also played a central role in all aspects of the development and implementation of the college's strategic plan.

Significant accomplishments:
  • Successfully chaired the Student Center Building Committee, overseeing all aspects of the project from conception to completion, including architect selection, design, budgeting and fundraising, and the opening in 2007;
  • Directed the development and implementation of a new residential-life program, along with a new department of Campus and Residential Life, which achieved a dramatic improvement in student life through improved institutional coordination, increased resources and better lines of communication among students, staff constituencies and faculty participants in the new system;
  • Created the Academic Resource Center, housed in the new student center, which required the consolidation of functions that had been spread throughout the institution;
  • After a major curriculum review, significant curricular changes were suggested. As a member of the Committee on Educational Policy and as dean, Roseman was involved in developing and implementing these curricular improvements. As a part of institution's commitment to interdisciplinary teaching, she taught Society, Culture, and Disease with economist and then President Morton Schapiro and a member of the English department;
  • As dean, Roseman addressed gatherings of potential donors and alumni, ranging from individuals and small focus groups to hundreds of volunteers.

Professor of Biology

Courses taught: Immunology; Biochemistry; Virology; Seminar on the Molecular Biology of HIV; Introductory Biology: The Cell; Outbreak: Viruses and Culture; The Biology of Aging. As a part of a commitment to interdisciplinary teaching, Roseman taught an interdisciplinary course, Society, Culture and Disease, with economist and then President Schapiro and a member of the English department.


Post-doctoral fellow, Oregon State University, biochemistry and biophysics 1987-1991
Ph.D., microbiology, Oregon State University 1987
Bachelor of Arts, biology, Smith College 1980

Professional Activities

  • Member of external review committee for Trinity College (2009)
  • Member of Lenfest Foundation College Scholarship Selection Committee (2009, 2010 and 2013)

Committee Service

  • Dean of the College (2000-2007)
  • Advisory Group on Admission and Financial Aid
  • Campus Planning Coordinating Committee
  • Committee on Academic Standing
  • Committee on Educational Policy
  • Coordinating Committee for Strategic Planning
  • Coordinating Committee for Diversity Initiatives
  • Emergency Preparedness Committee
  • Junior Advisor Advisory Committee
  • Honor and Discipline Committee
  • President's Advisory Group
  • Student Center Building Committee, Chair
  • Performing Arts Center Building Committee
  • Self-Study for Accreditation Committee
  • Williams at Oxford Advisory Committee

Elected Service

  • Committee on Educational Policy (1992-1994)
  • Reviewed and redesigned Freshman Residential Seminar Program.
  • Reviewed the curriculum and developed procedures to ensure faculty input into staffing and hiring.
  • Faculty Steering Committee (1995-1997 and 1999-2000)
  • Reviewed and instituted changes to tenure procedures.
  • Reviewed and created new policies concerning faculty salary structure and merit pay.
  • Appointed to two tenure appeal panels.

Appointed Service

  • Lecture Committee, Chair (1998-1999)
  • Science Division Research and Funding Committee (1992-1994)
  • Science Executive Committee (1993-1994)

Member Service

  • Biochemistry Program Advisory Committee (1991-2012)
  • Radiation Safety Committee (1991-2012)
  • Women's Studies Advisory Committee (1997-1998)

Board Affiliations

  • Director, St. Paul Travelers Companies, Inc. (2002-2005)

Professional Memberships

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Society of Virology

Fellowships and Grants

  • National Science Foundation, Research at Undergraduate Institutions grant "Vaccinia Virus dUTPase: Role in DNA replication, regulation by phosphorylation, and substrate recognition." Williams College (1998-2001)
  • Biomedical Research Support grant "Characterization of a retroviral protease-like gene encoded by vaccinia virus." Oregon State University (1989-1990)
  • N.L. Tartar Research Fellowship Oregon State University (1987)

Abstracts and Presentations

  • Roseman, N.A. 1994 Biochemical analysis of the vaccinia deoxyuridine triphosphatase. Tenth International Conference on Poxviruses and Iridoviruses. Banff, Canada.
  • Roseman, N.A. and M.B. Slabaugh. 1988. Analysis of the expression of the vaccinia virus ribonucleotide reductase genes using polyclonal antisera. Seventh International Symposium on Poxvirus/Iridovirus. Heidelberg, Germany.
  • Roseman, N.A. and M.B. Slabaugh. 1988. Cloning and over-expression of the vaccinia virus ribonucleotide reductase genes in bacteria. Seventh International Symposium on Poxvirus/Iridovirus. Heidelberg, Germany.
  • Roseman, N.A. and D.E. Hruby. 1986. Analysis of a vaccinia virus gene required for DNA replication. Sixth International Symposium on Poxvirus/Iridovirus. Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.
  • Roseman, N.A. and D.E. Hruby. 1984. Biochemical characterization and mapping of a vaccinia virus temperature-sensitive mutant. Fifth International Symposium on Poxvirus/Iridovirus. Madison, Wisc.
  • Roseman, N.A. and D.E. Hruby. 1983. Electron microscopy of vaccinia virus temperature-sensitive mutants. American Society of Virology. East Lansing, Mich.


  • Roseman, N.A., R.K. Evans, E.L. Mayer, M.A. Rossi, and M.B. Slabaugh. 1996. Purification and characterization of the vaccinia virus deoxyuridine triphosphatase expressed in Escherichia coli." Journal of Biological Chemistry. 271:23506-23511.
  • Slabaugh, M.B., R.E. Davis, N.A. Roseman, and C.K. Mathews. 1993. "Vaccinia virus ribonucleotide reductase: Expression and isolation of the recombinant large subunit." Journal of Biological Chemistry. 268:17803-17810.
  • Strahler, J.R., X-X. Zhu, N.Hora, Y.K.Wang, P.C. Andrews, N.A. Roseman, J.V. Neel, L. Turka, and S.M. Hanash. 1993. "Maturation stage and proliferation-dependent expression of dUTPase in human T cells." Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA. 90: 4991-4995.
  • Howell, M.L., N.A. Roseman, M.B. Slabaugh, and C.K. Mathews. 1993. "Vaccinia virus ribonucleotide reductase: Correlation between deoxynucleoside triphosphate supply and demand." Journal of Biological Chemistry. 268: 7155-7162.
  • Howell, M.L., J. Sanders-Loehr, T. Loehr, N. Roseman, C.K. Mathews, and M.B. Slabaugh. 1992. Cloning of the vaccinia virus ribonucleotide reductase small subunit gene. Characterization of the gene product expressed in Escherichia coli. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 267: 1705-1711.
  • Roseman, N.A. and M.B. Slabaugh. 1990. "The vaccinia virus HindIII F fragment: Nucleotide sequence of the left 6.2 kb." Virology. 178:410-418.
  • Slabaugh, M.B., N.A. Roseman and C.K. Mathews. 1989. "Amplification of the ribonucleotide reductase small subunit gene: analysis of novel joints and the mechanism of gene duplication in vaccinia virus." Nucleic Acids Research. 17:7073-7088.
  • Slabaugh, M.B. and N.A. Roseman. 1989. "Retroviral protease-like gene in the vaccinia virus genome." Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA. 86:4152-4155.
  • Roseman, N.A. 1989. Review: IBI/Pustell molecular biology software for MS-DOS. Biotechnology Software. Vol.6, No.5.
  • Slabaugh, M., N. Roseman, R. Davis, and C. Mathews. 1988. "Vaccinia virus-encoded ribonucleotide reductase: sequence conservation of the gene for the small subunit and its amplification in hydroxyurea-resistant mutants." Journal of Virology. 62:519-527.
  • Roseman, N.A. and D.E. Hruby. 1987. "Nucleotide sequence and transcript organization of a region of the vaccinia virus genome which encodes a constitutively expressed gene required for DNA replication." Journal of Virology. 61:1398-1406.
  • Franke, C.A., N.A. Roseman, and D.E. Hruby. 1985. "Expression and regulation of the vaccinia virus thymidine kinase gene in non-permissive cells." Virus Research. 3:13-17.
  • Villarreal, E.C., N.A. Roseman, and D.E. Hruby. 1984. "Isolation of vaccinia virus mutants capable of replicating independent of the host cell nucleus." Journal of Virology. 51:359-366.