Introduction

The deans of our College of Arts and Sciences and 8 professional schools lead the charge in creating the type of learning environment that is purposely designed to produce extraordinarily well-prepared professionals.

Janelle Chiasera, Health Sciences

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Janelle Chiasera, PhD

Dean, School of Health Sciences

Janelle Chiasera, PhD

Janelle Chiasera earned her BS in medical technology from Bowling Green State University, and her MS in allied medical professions and PhD in quantitative research, evaluation and measurement (education policy and leadership) from The Ohio State University.

Chiasera has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in higher education. After more than 20 years as a medical technologist and educator, she joined Quinnipiac as dean of the School of Health Sciences in September 2019. She previously served as director of the clinical laboratory science program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 2006-09, as chair of UAB’s department of clinical and diagnostic sciences from 2010-12 and as senior executive associate dean for UAB’s School of Health Professions from 2017-19.

Chiasera is a regional director for the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS), and previously served on the Review Committee for Accredited Programs (RCAP) of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NASCLS). She has presented and published extensively on the subjects of clinical chemistry and leadership, receiving many commendations for her teaching and scholarship.

Anne M. Dichele, Education

Anne M. Dichele, EdM, PhD

Dean, School of Education

Anne Dichele earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Northeastern University, her master of education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her PhD from the University of Connecticut.

Dichele has worked as a public school reading clinician and instructional consultant, taught at the University of Bridgeport, Fairfield University and the University of New Haven, and served as director of academic development at Albertus Magnus College. She joined the Quinnipiac faculty in 1999 and was named director of the Master of Arts in Teaching program for elementary education in 2000. In 2013, Dichele was named full director of the MAT program, overseeing all aspects of the elementary and secondary education program. She was appointed interim dean of the School of Education in 2016 and then dean in 2017.

Dichele is the founder of Side By Side Charter School, one of Connecticut's first state-funded charter schools, where she serves as chairperson of the board of directors. Her scholarship has appeared in numerous journals and publications. Her first book of original poetry, “Ankle Deep and Drowning,” was published in 2015.

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Anne M. Dichele, EdM, PhD

Dean, School of Education

Justin Kile, Engineering

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Justin Kile, PhD

Dean, School of Engineering

Justin Kile, PhD

Dean, School of Engineering

Justin Kile earned his bachelor of science in industrial and manufacturing engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and his master of science in engineering and PhD in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan. 

Kile began teaching industrial engineering at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville in 2005 and served as coordinator for the industrial engineering program from 2009-12. From 2012-13, he served as interim chair of the engineering department at Quinnipiac and as the associate dean of engineering from 2013-16. He was named the founding dean of the School of Engineering in July 2016 and has guided the school to ABET accreditation.

Prior to his academic career, Kile was a practicing engineer with the Graphic Controls Corporation and the Colad Group. He is a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, has been published in numerous engineering journals and has presented his work at national venues such as RosEvaluation, the ABET Symposium and the ASEE Annual Conference. 

Bruce M. Koeppen, Medicine

Bruce M. Koeppen, MD, PhD

Dean, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine

Dr. Bruce Koeppen earned his MD from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 1977 and his PhD in physiology from the University of Illinois in 1980. In 1982, he joined the faculty of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine as a professor of medicine and cell biology. As dean of academic affairs at UConn, he oversaw all educational and research programs and was recognized by the board of trustees in 1999 for leading the faculty through a comprehensive curriculum revision. 

Koeppen was named founding dean of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine in 2010. His scholarship has appeared in numerous medical journals and books, including “Netter’s Atlas of Physiology.” He has earned many prestigious awards including the Alpha Omega Alpha – Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teaching Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. 

He currently serves as a member of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and as the chair of its accreditation standards committee.

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Bruce M. Koeppen, MD, PhD

Dean, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine

Lisa G. O'Connor, Nursing

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Lisa G. O'Connor, MSN, EdD

Dean, School of Nursing

Lisa G. O’Connor, MSN, EdD

Dean, School of Nursing

Lisa G. O'Connor earned her diploma in nursing from the Ona Wilcox School of Nursing of Middlesex Hospital: a bachelor’s in nursing, a master’s in nursing education and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Hartford.

She has extensive experience in medical surgical and critical-care nursing, along with 20 years in education — including hospital-based education and higher education. O’Connor, who has been associate dean of the School of Nursing since 2015, joined the Quinnipiac community in 2003 as an assistant professor. She served as director and chair of undergraduate nursing programs before ultimately being promoted to associate and full professor. She has served as a faculty senator, as an active member on the university education committee, the university assessment committee, and many other interprofessional committees and work groups. 

She received the Outstanding Faculty Award presented by the Student Government Association in 2015. Her leadership at the state level was recognized in 2014 when she received the Nurse Leadership Award from the Connecticut League for Nursing. 

Matthew L. O'Connor, Business

Matthew L. O’Connor, PhD

Dean, School of Business

Matthew O’Connor earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Connecticut. He earned his MBA in finance from the University of Massachusetts and a PhD in finance from Syracuse University. 

O’Connor joined Quinnipiac as assistant professor of finance in 1999. He was named chair of the finance department in 2005, a position he held for three years before being named interim dean of the School of Business in 2008. He was named dean in 2009. 

O’Connor has overseen the launch of several highly successful degree programs, including the four-year accelerated BS/MBA, the online MBA and the Bachelor of Business Administration. Under his leadership, the School of Business was named to Bloomberg Business Week’s list of the Top 100 Undergraduate Business Programs. The business school’s online graduate programs were ranked 14th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. During his tenure as dean, graduate business school enrollment has grown from approximately 250 to more than 800 students. He also was instrumental in the development and launch of Quinnipiac’s School of Engineering.

In addition to his duties as dean, O’Connor sits on the board of directors for several organizations, including the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and ReSET, a nonprofit social enterprise trust.

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Matthew L. O’Connor, PhD

Dean, School of Business

Chris Roush, Communications

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Chris Roush, MS

Dean, School of Communications

Chris Roush, MS

Dean, School of Communications

Chris Roush earned a master’s degree in mass communication from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree in history and journalism from Auburn University. Before coming to Quinnipiac, he was the Walter E. Hussman Sr. Distinguished Professor in Business Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and director of its Carolina Business News Initiative.

Previously, Roush taught business journalism at Washington and Lee University and the University of Richmond. The Scripps Howard Foundation and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication named him “Journalism Teacher of the Year” in 2010. He also was chosen the “North Carolina Professor of the Year” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Roush has worked for various publications, including the St. Petersburg Times, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the Tampa Tribune, BusinessWeek, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Bloomberg News.

He served on the board of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication from 2014 to 2018 and edited a book "Master Class" for journalism and mass communication educators.

He has authored or co-authored 10 books, including the leading textbook in business journalism education.

Brad Saxton, Law

Brad Saxton, JD

Interim Dean, School of Law

Brad Saxton earned his bachelor of arts in economics from The College of William and Mary and his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. 

Saxton served as the dean of the Quinnipiac School of Law from 2002-2013. He taught as a full-time faculty member from 2013-2019, and then was appointed interim dean in June 2019. In 2013, Professor Saxton was honored by the Connecticut Bar Association with its Tapping Reeve Legal Educator Award; by the Connecticut Law Tribune with its Professor Quintin Johnstone Award for Service to the Legal Profession; and by the Pat Sappern Memorial Fund with its Pat Sappern Award.

Saxton clerked for The Honorable Louis F. Oberdorfer of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia from 1985-1986 after graduating from the University of Virginia in 1985. Saxton then practiced law from 1986-1992 with Hogan & Hartson in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in employment law and litigation before joining the faculty of the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1992. After earning tenure, he served as associate dean and professor of law at the University of Wyoming College of Law, where he taught torts, trial practice, legal writing and lawyering skills.

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Brad Saxton, JD

Interim Dean, School of Law

Robert A. Smart, Arts and Sciences

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Robert A. Smart, PhD

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Robert A. Smart, PhD

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Robert Smart earned his bachelor's degree in English and history from the University of Maine, and his master of arts and PhD in comparative literature from the University of Utah. 

In four decades of work in higher education, Smart has chaired three English departments, served on the board of trustees at three separate institutions and directed honors programs at two. He also was holder of the Dorothy Bell Chair in Writing for 12 years while at Bradford College. Smart joined Quinnipiac in 2000. After serving as chair of the English department, as well as dean of academics, Smart was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2014.



Smart serves as director of Irish Studies at Quinnipiac and is a member of the advisory board for the Irish College of the Humanities. He also has been integral in forging many of Quinnipiac’s partnerships abroad, and has been a New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) program evaluator for 20 years, most recently at the American University of Bulgaria.