Donna Bickford

Donna Bickford arrived at Dickinson in January 2016 to direct the Women’s and Gender Resource Center and teach in the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Department. She worked at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she served as Director of the Carolina Women’s Center for six years, followed by four years as Associate Director of the Office for Undergraduate Research; she also held academic appointments in the Women’s Studies and English Departments. Earlier, she taught in the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Rhode Island for 6 years. Donna was a Fulbright Scholar at Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland, where she taught during the Fall 2003 semester. 

Donna’s Ph.D. is in English and her research focuses on contemporary women writers of the Americas, as well as the connections between literature and social change. She has also contributed to anti-human trafficking policy, advocacy and training. Her work is published in journals such as Meridians, Journal of International Women’s Studies, Pedagogy, and Radical Teacher, among others. She is currently at work on a book about US author Marge Piercy, under contract with the University of South Carolina Press.

Donna loves to read, listen to music, walk and practice yoga. She is committed to social justice, equity, and inclusivity, particularly in higher education. She loves talking with students, colleagues and friends about ways to build diverse and inclusive communities. 

Office: Landis House
Email: bickford@dickinson.edu
Phone: (717) 245-1931

Joyce Bylander

Joyce Bylander is vice president and dean of Student Life. She began her duties as vice president for student development in 2013. Bylander previously held the positions of special assistant to the president for institutional and diversity initiatives (2007-2013), associate provost for academic campus life (2004-2007), dean of students (2000-2004) and associate dean of students (1998-2000) at the college. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and social service from Cleveland State University and a master of public administration degree from the University of South Carolina.

Dean Bylander is married to John Bylander, a professor of Chemistry at Penn State. She has four adult children and two wonderful grandchildren, Ava and Saul ages 4 and 2. 

If you play your cards right, Dean Bylander might invite you to come sit in her garden-a wild and wondrous place.

Office: Dean of Students Office, Holland Union Building
Email:  bylander@dickinson.edu
Phone: (717) 245-1639

Dolores Danser

Dolores "Dee" Danser came to Dickinson in 2005 and is the Assistant Vice President of Student Life and Chief of Public Safety. Originally from New Jersey, Dee has worked with students and the community through more than 33 years in college/university and local law enforcement in New Jersey, Florida and Pennsylvania.  She has served as a mentor and advisor to students and student groups throughout her career. 

Dee enjoys traveling, especially cruises, and gardening, reading and spending time with her family. 

Office: Public Safety, Kaufman Building
Email:  danserd@dickinson.edu 
Phone: (717) 245-1349

Josh Eisenberg

Josh Eisenberg, Interim Director of Student Leadership and Campus Engagement, returns to Dickinson College after spending the last 12 years in and around Chicago. A graduate of Franklin & Marshall College (B.A., History) and The Ohio State University (M.A., Educational Policy and Leadership), Josh is excited to be back on campus this Fall serving as a College Dean. When he's not engaging the campus and leading students, Josh is home with his wife (Audrey, Class of '02) and their five kids. In the remaining 5-7 minutes of free time, Josh loves to read, watch sports (especially baseball), and road trip. He is also, hands down, the best Chicago tour guide in Carlisle, PA.

Office: Holland Union Building
Email: eisenbej@dickinson.edu
Phone: (717) 245-1671

Elizabeth Farner

Elizabeth Farner joined Dickinson College in January 2009 and is responsible for the student conduct process. Before arriving at Dickinson, she worked and lived in San Francisco, California in residential life and housing. She was an undergraduate at York College of Pennsylvania and received her Master's in Counseling from Shippensburg University. She lives in Carlisle with her husband and son. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, biking and watching professional baseball.

Office: Holland Union Building
Email: farnere@dickinson.edu
Phone: (717) 245-1676

Tara Fischer

Tara is a Dickinson graduate and majored in psychology. While exploring the world of politics during a brief stint as a staff member for a U.S. congressman, Tara developed an interest in the intersection of public policy and personal life. As a graduate student at Northwestern University, she shifted her focus into public policy and administration, with a concentration in educational policy and how it impacts the individual and community. Tara is passionate about access and student development, and she spent over a decade in the Office of Admissions at Dickinson prior to transitioning into the role of associate dean of academic advising.

Originally from the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia, Tara married a Dickinsonian and lives in Carlisle with her husband and son. She enjoys outdoor adventures and artisan bread making. As a former college athlete, Tara is a passionate supporter of Dickinson's athletic programs and can still be found on the volleyball court, attempting to relive the glory days.

Office: Biddle House
Email: fischert@dickinson.edu
Phone: (717) 245-1080

Amity Fox

Amity is an associate dean of academic advising and the director of internship programs. She holds a BA in International Business & Management and Russian Area Studies from Dickinson College and a MS in Higher Education from Drexel University. Although her first job was in the financial industry, Amity quickly realized her love of higher education and working with students. She has dedicated her career to supporting students in their pursuit of experiential learning (mainly internships, research, and fellowships) that integrates and applies their useful liberal-arts educations beyond campus. Prior to her position in the academic advising office, Amity worked in Dickinson's career center, Kutztown University, and Philadelphia University. 

Having grown up in a tiny, rural town in southwestern PA, Carlisle felt like a bustling metropolis when Amity started her first-year as a student at Dickinson - studying abroad in Moscow was an even bigger adjustment! In her downtime, Amity loves to visit museums, introduce her son and daughter to Legos and puzzles, and go on hikes in the local state parks with her family.

Office: Biddle House
Email: foxa@dickinson.edu
Phone: (717) 245-1080

Amanda George

Amanda George joined the Dickinson College community in 2013, and she now serves as the director of Residence Life & Housing. You can find her office in the lower level of the HUB in the Student Life office. She holds a bachelor of arts in psychology from Susquehanna University, and a master of arts of higher education and student affairs from the University of Connecticut.

Amanda lives in Carlisle with her partner and her French bulldog (Rue) who loves getting attention and giving puppy kisses on walks through campus. Amanda loves all the dogs, reading, trying out new recipes, and attempting to be a knitter.

Office: Holland Union Building
Email: georgea@dickinson.edu
Phone: 717-245-1556

 

Erica Gordon

Erica Gordon has been a member of the Dickinson community since 2008 in various roles, most recently settling in as Interim Director of LGBTQ Services and Coordinator of Sorority Life. She is a proud graduate of Franklin & Marshall College (B.A. Sociology - Yeah Dips!) and the University of Delaware (M.A. Counseling in Higher Education, Student Affairs - Go Blue Hens!). Throughout her professional career and within her personal life, she has been passionate about exploring issues of sexuality and gender identity, social justice, intersectionality, and allyship. Outside of work, Erica enjoys hiking trails in beautiful Central PA, running long distances (slowly but surely), watching soccer, musical theatre, reading, cooking, listening to music, going to concerts, and spending time with friends and family. Erica lives in the dynamic and vibrant midtown Harrisburg with her Latin-teaching fiancé and their two cats (Fiyero and Elphie).

Office: Landis House
Email: gordone@dickinson.edu
Phone: (717) 254-8054

Becky (Rebecca) Hammell

Becky has worked returned to Dickinson after a six year hiatus working at a women's college. During her first seven years at Dickinson, she worked in both Student Life and Academic Affairs including serving as Director of Student Activities, Sophomore Class Dean, and finally as Associate Director of Academic Advising and First-Year Dean. Currently she works with her staff on all facets of student activities, leadership development, recreational and outing program, and new student programs. Becky's undergraduate degree from Valdosta State University is in American History with an emphasis on antebellum Southern History. Her MA from the University of Delaware, Winterthur Program in Early America Culture focused on material culture studies, specifically late 19th century material culture and material culture of childhood. Becky lives in Carlisle with her husband, and two furry St. Bernards (Lulu and Bailey). She enjoys gardening, cooking, travel, music, friends and family, and needlework.

Office: Holland Union Building
Email: hammellr@dickinson.edu
Phone: (717) 245-1639

Angie Harris

Angie Harris is originally from Richmond, VA but has also lived in North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and now Pennsylvania. She is the proud aunt of an adorable niece and two handsome nephews and mom to her yellow lab, Bella. She has a bachelor's degree in music (voice), master's degree in higher education and student affairs, and currently is a doctoral student at the University of Virginia in higher education administration. In addition to her role as a college dean, she is also associate dean of students and director of Residence Life & Housing. Angie loves watching college football, more specifically SEC football and the Gamecocks. She also enjoys photography and travel. You can find her in the Student Life Office on the lower level of the HUB.

Office: Holland Union
Email:  harrisa@dickinson.edu
Phone: (717) 245-1556

Annie Kondas

Annie Kondas joined the Career Center at Dickinson College as the Associate Director in the fall of 2015. Prior to her position in the Career Center at Dickinson, Annie held the roles of Director of New Student Programs (2013-2015) and Assistant Director of Campus Life (2008-2013). Annie is originally from Northeast Ohio and holds a Master of Arts in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from American University.

Annie lives in South Middleton Township with her husband, Phil, two children, Miles (3) and Kate (6) and Boston terrier, Lucy. She enjoys playing on a competitive volleyball team, a good political debate, watching Game of Thrones and cheering for the Ohio State Buckeyes and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Office: Biddle House
Email: kondasa@dickinson.edu
Phone: 717-245-1740

Ruth López

Ruth López joined Dickinson in 2013 as the Associate Director of International Admissions. She was the Director of the Office of International Student Affairs at the College of Wooster in Ohio before moving to Carlisle in 2012. Ruth and her husband, Brian Atkins, (the current Director of International Admissions here at Dickinson) spent the previous 20 years living abroad and working in American International Schools in Lima, Peru, Beijing, China, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Rotterdam, The Netherlands. During her time abroad, she was the high school and college counselor in those schools.

Ruth is a native of Santa Fe, New Mexico and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, as well as a Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling from New Mexico Highlands University.

Ruth and Brian live in Carlisle. They have four grown children and four wonderful grandchildren. She loves to visit with her family, cook and try new recipes as well as trying new restaurants, is a voracious reader of fantasy and science fiction books and plays the piano for her own enjoyment She is also a fan(atic) of NCAA March Madness.

Office: Dean of Students Office, Holland Union Building
Email: lopezru@dickinson.edu
Phone: 717-245-1639

 

Sonja Paulson

Sonja Paulson, Director of International Student & Scholar Services, joined Dickinson in September 2015 after relocating from the northern plains of Fargo, North Dakota. Language, culture, and identity have always fascinated her. These interests motivated her to teach English in Slovakia, where she grew in her appreciation for nature, heightened her admiration of second language learners, and acquired a taste for sauerkraut. Sonja holds a B.A. in English from St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN) and an M.A. in Comparative International Development Education from the University of Minnesota.

Sonja lives in Carlisle with her husband and cuddly Cavachon, Burk. She enjoys watching NCAA ice hockey, tackling home improvement projects, and playing strategy games such as Settlers of Catan or Ticket to Ride. She doubts she will ever shed her upper Midwestern accent.

Office: Stern Center for Global Education
Email:  paulsons@dickinson.edu
Phone: (717) 245-1343

Shalom Staub

As Associate Provost of Academic Affairs and Civic Engagement, Shalom Staub's primary responsibilities relate to advancing Dickinson's work in civic learning and engagement both on and beyond the campus. Staub also developed and directs Conflict Resolution Resource Services to provide mediation, conflict coaching and training programs on campus. Staub is also a contributing faculty member in Sociology, Religion, Judaic Studies, and Middle East Studies.  

Prior to Dickinson, Staub directed a state agency focused on inter-group relations, and founded and directed the non-profit organization, Institute for Cultural Partnerships. He holds a BA and MA in Anthropology from Wesleyan University and a PhD in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. 

In his free time, Staub enjoys a regular routine of aikijitsu, swimming, running and cycling. He also regularly practices yoga, and holds a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He avidly reads detective and spy novels, and tries to find time to practice the flute, an instrument that he started to learn 10 years ago. He and his wife share their home with Rupert, a 2 year old rescue dog.

Office: Old West, Room 16 (2nd Floor)
Email: staubs@dickinson.edu
Phone: (717) 245-8917

Vincent Stephens

Vincent L. Stephens is an evolving human being who aspires to be well-informed, good humored, and ethically sound as a life practice. As a graduate of the nation’s only liberal arts college dedicated to the communication arts, Emerson College in Boston, he believes in the unique power of the liberal arts.  After earning an M.A. in Popular Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University, and a Ph.D. in American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park he taught at the University of Maryland and Syracuse University. From 2011-15 he served as Director of Multicultural Student Services (MSS) at Bucknell University. Since June 2015, he has served as the Director of the Popel Shaw Center for Race & Ethnicity. He is also a contributing faculty member in the Department of Music.

Vincent is co-editor of the 2017 book Postracial America? An Interdisciplinary Study (with Anthony Stewart) and has published essays in African-American Review, American Music, the Journal of Popular Culture Popular Music and Popular Music & Society, as well as various edited collections. He also maintains the popular music blog Riffs, Beats & Codas.

In his personal life, Vincent is passionate about food, literary fiction, automobiles, and spending time with loved ones.

Office: Popel Shaw Center for Race & Ethnicity, Landis House
Email: stephenv@dickinson.edu
Phone: (717) 245-1559

Damon Yarnell

Damon Yarnell was born and raised in New York City and has also lived in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Chapel Hill. He holds a BA in comparative literature from Columbia University, an MFA in design from the University of the Arts, and a Ph.D. in the History of Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Damon is unrelenting in his enthusiasm for the liberal arts, and he relishes every chance he gets to learn something new. At Dickinson, he serves as the Dean of Academic Advising and coordinates the fellowships program. To relax, he enjoys sports of all kinds and movies with exploding helicopters.

Office: Biddle House
Email: yarnelld@dickinson.edu
Phone: (717) 245-1080