Dean's Office Staff

Mary Loeffelholz Dr. Mary Loeffelholz
Dean, College of Professional Studies

and Vice President, Professional Advancement Network
Mary Loeffelholz, Dean, earned her Ph.D. from Yale University and has been a member of Northeastern’s faculty since 1988. She chaired the English Department from 2001-2006, served as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Director of the Graduate School in the College of Arts and Sciences from 2006-2007, and was Special Assistant to the President for Academic Affairs in 2007-2008. She served as Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs from 2008-2016.  Dr. Loeffelholz currently serves on the Faculty Senate and was a member of the Faculty Senate Agenda Committee from 1992-1994. She has served in various leadership roles on the Faculty Senate and its committees, with a special emphasis on faculty development and academic leadership. A distinguished scholar of American literature, Dr. Loeffelholz is the author of three scholarly books, most recently From School to Salon: Reading Nineteenth-Century American Women’s Poetry (Princeton University Press, 2004). She is the editor of Volume D: 1914-1945 of the latest edition of the Norton Anthology of American Literature and a two-term past Chair of the American Literature Section of the Modern Language Association of America.

CPS Dean's Staff

Catherine Kim Catherine S. Kim
Senior Associate Dean, Administration, Enrollment, and Student Affairs

Catherine S. Kim is the senior associate dean for administration, enrollment, and student affairs for the College of Professional Studies. Ms. Kim is responsible for the enrollment management, financial aid, marketing, admissions, information technology, human resources, and space planning units. She plays a lead role in setting and implementing future business directions for the College and in creating innovative solutions to improve college-wide efficiency and productivity.

Prior to joining Northeastern University, Ms. Kim was an attorney in the commercial litigation group at Hinckley Allen & Snyder LLP. She also taught as a part-time lecturer in the Legal Research and Writing Program at Boston University School of Law, and was a judicial research assistant for the Honorable David G. Sills, presiding justice at the California State Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division 3.

Ms. Kim holds a BA in English literature from Princeton University and a JD from Boston University. She also completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education and the inaugural Leadership Development Program at Northeastern University.

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Pat Plunkett Dr. Patrick F. Plunkett
Senior Associate Dean, Global Engagement; Executive Director, Northeastern University Global 

Dr. Patrick F. Plunkett is the senior associate dean for global engagement and the executive director of Northeastern University (NU) Global. Dr. Plunkett is responsible for advocating and coordinating international programs, advising the dean on international issues, and providing administrative oversight of the University's international affiliations and contracts.

Prior to his current appointment at Northeastern University, Dr. Plunkett served for two years as the acting dean of the University's Bouvé College of Health Sciences. He led the college through a period of transformational change by integrating 137 full-time faculty, 38 academic programs, and five research centers, formerly housed in two separate colleges, into one college. Before becoming acting dean, Dr. Plunkett served for nine years as the associate dean for academic affairs in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences. For seven years, he directed the University's Minority High School Student Research Apprentice Program.  Dr. Plunkett holds an AB in biology from Saint Anselm College, an MS in physiology from Rivier College, and an EdD in higher education administration from Northeastern University. He also completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.


Michael Gladstone Michael Gladstone
Associate Dean, Finance and Administration

Michael Gladstone is the associate dean of finance and administration for the College of Professional Studies. As chief financial officer, Mr. Gladstone is responsible for budget and finance, campus facilities, and information technology. He has held numerous positions at Northeastern University, including roles in central administration and teaching as an adjunct instructor in the College's Information Technology Program.

Prior to joining Northeastern University, Mr. Gladstone held various management positions in the private sector. Mr. Gladstone holds a BS in business administration with a concentration in management from Salem State College and an MBA from Northeastern University. He also completed the Management Leadership in Education Program at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.


Kevin Currie David Fields
Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Academic and Faculty Affairs

David Fields is the Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Academic and Faculty Affairs at the College of Professional Studies. Prior to this position, David served the college as the Director of Global Student Success and most recently as the Assistant Dean, Graduate Academic and Faculty Affairs. He has worked closely with senior leadership and faculty to advance initiatives of the college, such as growing the number of full-time faculty in the college’s graduate programs and collaboratively launching graduate programs in the university’s newest regional campuses – San Jose and Toronto. 

Prior to joining Northeastern University, David served in research posts at the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College and was the Associate Director, Office of Internships and Career Development, at Emmanuel College. He has also served in multiple consulting roles working for both private and public institutions and has developed and taught both online and on-ground courses at Michigan State University, the University of San Diego, Emmanuel College and Boston College.

David holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration from Boston College and a MEd in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University. 

Julie Corwin

Kemi Jona Kemi Jona
Founding Director, Lowell Institute School
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs

Dr. Kemi Jona, a computer scientist, educator, and university administrator, is the Founding Director of the Lowell Institute School and the Associate Dean for undergraduate programs at the College of Professional Studies. Previously, Dr. Jona was a Research Professor at Northwestern University, where he led research and development projects advancing the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curriculum and developed new learning technologies, such as tools for online science and remote labs, computational thinking, and new game-based approaches to engage youth in STEM and STEAM (STEM+arts/design). He was the founding Director of the Northwestern University Office of STEM Education Partnerships that connects the university to the K-12 community to advance STEM education.

Dr. Jona is a member of the steering committee of the National Alliance for Broader Impacts, a nationwide organization that advances the field of STEM outreach and public engagement with science. He is an advisor and consultant to industry, nonprofits, school districts, and federal, state, and local agencies on strategic process and learning-related issues, curriculum redesign, teacher professional development, and STEM education and outreach. Dr. Jona has received many honors and awards for his work. He was invited to testify to the House Committee on Space, Science, and Technology and has also served on the board of directors of the International Association of K-12 Online Learning.

Dr. Jona frequently speaks at industry and education conferences, having given over 50 talks. He is the author or co-author of over 100 articles, book chapters, conference presentations, whitepapers, and reports on the topics of learning technologies, STEM education, and online and blended learning. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Northwestern University.