Dean of The Faculty

Dean of the Faculty Staff

Meet the Dean of The Faculty staff.

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.

Emily Russell
Associate Dean of Curriculum
Warren 206E

BA, Cornell University
MA, University of California, Los Angeles
PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Emily Russell joined the Rollins department of English in 2007. Her research and teaching focus on embodiment and the medical humanities, leading to courses such as “Bodysnatchers: Literature and Medicine” and “Gruesome Anatomy." Her most recent book, Transplant Fictions: A Cultural Study of Organ Exchange (2019), looks at evolving attitudes toward death and medicine to understand how a practice as radical as organ transplantation became possible. Her 2010 book Reading Embodied Citizenship: Narrative, Disability, and the Body Politic (Mellon American Literatures Initiative, Rutgers University Press) explores the surprising correspondences in how we imagine textual, physical, and political bodies. During the past decade at Rollins, Russell has had the opportunity to teach field study courses with students in locations as diverse as Italy, Spain, Peru, Scotland, Ireland, and the American South. She served as Vice President of the Faculty, Co-Chair of the Diversity Council, and Co-Director of the Honors Degree Program. In 2012, Russell was recognized for her contributions to the college with a Cornell Distinguished Faculty Award. 

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, Rollins College

Darcella Deschambault

Executive Assistant

Warren 201

T. 407.646.2280