Class Deans

Function of the Class Dean System

Instituted in 2000, and reporting to the dean of students, the class dean system has proven to be a vital resource for Oberlin students, faculty, staff, and parents. There are seven class deans. Annually a class dean is associated with an incoming class as the class matriculates. One of the seven class deans will partner with the first- and second-year class deans. One of the seven class deans will work with students who remain for a fifth year, and another of the class deans will assist transfer students. 

If you are uncertain about which class dean is the correct class dean, please call the Office of the Dean of Students at 440-775-8462. Read more about our class deans.


Mission

From matriculation to commencement, the class dean system at Oberlin College provides students with essential administrative support informed by the educational, residential, and developmental advising missions of the college. To this end, class deans:

  • Apply knowledge of campus resources and professional experience in order to educate, mentor, refer, and guide students in the process of building intellectual and developmental skills for campus life, and in preparation for their lives after Oberlin.
  • Offer holistic support services and coordinated follow-up on a full range of academic, personal, and social matters. Class deans are often asked to follow up with students on reports involving college policies and procedures (e.g., student conduct, honor code, sexual misconduct).
  • Augment academic and educational advising efforts through work with academic and administrative deans, the academic standing committee, teaching faculty, and academic advisors.
  • Work with class members and officers to build class cohesion and address class-specific issues through such programs as New Student Orientation, Dean of Students dinners and socials, Life After Oberlin, and Senior Week.

Why Consult with A Class Dean?

  • To seek guidance or a referral concerning academic, policy, or personal concerns
  • To brainstorm while evaluating various future options
  • To share news of important accomplishments and opportunities for celebration
  • To seek support and/or referrals when facing emergency, crisis, or overwhelming situations
  • To seek guidance regarding establishing, maintaining, or reintegrating a sense of personal wellness 
  • To seek coaching concerning involvement in extra- and/or co-curricular organizations and activities
  • To initiate a mentoring relationship with a member of the college staff who values empowering students to develop holistically

  • Class Deans Brochure

Class Deans for the 2014-2015 Academic Year

First- and Second-Year Class Deans

Shozo Kawaguchi

Shozo Kawaguchi

Associate Dean of Community Life, Dean of Class of 2018
Office of the Dean of Students
E-mail: shozo.kawaguchi@oberlin.edu
Phone: (440) 775-8462

Matthew Hayden

Matthew Hayden

Assistant Dean of Health Initiatives, Dean of Class of 2017
Office of the Dean of Students
E-mail: matthew.hayden@oberlin.edu
Phone: (440) 775-8462

First- and Second-Year Class Dean

Amy Salim

Assistant Dean of Students
Office of the Dean of Students
E-mail: amy.salim@oberlin.edu
Phone: (440) 775-8462

Third-Year Class Dean

Kimberly Jackson Davidson

Kimberly Jackson Davidson

Associate Dean of Students, Dean of Class of 2016
Office of the Dean of Students
E-mail: kimberly.jackson.davdson@oberlin.edu
Phone: (440) 775-8462
Schedule an appointment.

Fourth-Year Class Dean

Brenda Grier-Miller

Brenda Grier-Miller

Associate Dean/Director, Dean of Class of 2015
Student Academic Services
E-mail: brenda.grier-miller@oberlin.edu
Phone: (440) 775-8464

Fifth-Year Class Dean

Christopher (Chris) Donaldson

Chris Donaldson

Special Advisor, Fifth-Year Class Dean
Student Academic Services
E-mail: chris.donaldson@oberlin.edu
Phone: (440) 775-8464

Transfer Class Dean

Monique Burgdorf

Monique Burgdorf

Transfer Student Class Dean, Title IX Prevention Coordinator
Confidential Student Advocate

Student Academic Services
E-mail: monique.burgdorf@oberlin.edu
Phone: (440) 775-8464