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Jennifer Jones Cavenaugh, PhD
Dean of The Faculty | Professor of Theater | Winifred M. Warden Endowed Chair of Theatre and Dance
Warren 201A
T. 407.691.1268

BA, Dartmouth College
MFA, Brooklyn College
PhD, University of Washington

Dr. Jennifer Cavenaugh currently serves as the Dean of The Faculty. Prior to her appointment as Dean, Cavenaugh served for four years as the Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences. In 2010, she was recognized for her outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service to the College by winning the Arthur Vining Davis Award.

Dr. Cavenaugh’s areas of teaching and research include gender and performance, theater history, script analysis and American musical theater. Her book Medea's Daughters: Forming and Performing Women Who Kill (Ohio State University Press 2003) examines representations of women criminals in plays and television. Her most recent research has focused on the working conditions of chorus women in the golden age of musical theater, focusing specifically on sexual harassment and sexual assault. She is a proud member of Actor's Equity and has performed and directed for over 25 years.

Gabriel Ignacio Barreneche, PhD
Associate Dean of Advising | Professor of Spanish
Warren 206A

BA, Boston College
MA, University of California, Los Angeles
PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

A member of the Rollins faculty since 2003, Dr. Gabriel Barreneche has taught courses on contemporary Latin American literature and culture, as well as Spanish language courses. He has authored peer-reviewed journal articles on the intersections of foreign language pedagogy and service-learning, as well as on film and literature from Latin America and the U.S.-Latino community. His edited volume Educational Technology for the Global Village: Worldwide Innovation and Best Practices (2014) outlines projects and case studies that explore how the use of technology both here in the United States and abroad can impact student learning, and how that technology can bring together people from different corners of the globe and enhance our students’ global perspectives. Barreneche’s teaching, scholarship, and service contributions to the College were recognized in 2014 with the Cornell Distinguished Faculty Award.

Ashley Kistler, PhD
Associate Dean of Academics
Professor of Anthropology
Warren 206E

BA, Muhlenberg College
MA, Florida State University
PhD, Florida State University


Dr. Ashley Kistler joined the Department of Anthropology and Latin American and Caribbean Studies program at Rollins in 2008.  She is an ethnographer and linguist who has done fieldwork in Maya communities in Mexico and Guatemala for nearly two decades.  At Rollins, Dr. Kistler teaches classes on the Maya, Latin American and Caribbean culture, linguistic anthropology, and on the history and culture of Rollins. Dr. Kistler has authored numerous peer reviewed articles on her research in Guatemala.  Her first book, Maya Market Women (2014) considers how indigenous women in highland Guatemala transform their gendered status and enact local ideas of what family is through their involvement in market sales.  Her second book, Faces of Resistance: Maya, Heroes, Power, and Identity, is an edited volume that explores how stories of heroic figures have serve as narratives of resistance and markers of identity for indigenous communities in Mexico and Guatemala.  Recently, Dr. Kistler has served as an expert witness on Guatemala in asylum cases in immigration courts across the country. Dr. Kistler has been recognized for her teaching, research, and service with a Cornell Distinguished Faculty Award in 2013 and a Bornstein Award in 2019. 

Karla Knight

Karla Knight

Coordinator of Academic Administration

Warren 205

T. 407.646.2287

Janette Smith

Coordinator of Academic Support Services and Special Projects

Warren 206

T. 407.646.2175

BA, Organizational Behavior, Rollins College
MA, Liberal Studies, Rollins College - in progress

Kaitlyn Harrington

Executive Assistant

Warren 201

T. 407.646.2280

BA, Rollins College