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. A class dean is associated with an incoming class as the class matriculates, and that dean continues to serve as an important point of contact for students. Stationary class deans remain in place. Accompanying class deans move with their respective class.

The first-year class has a stationary and an accompanying class dean. The stationary class dean remains in place at the end of the academic year. The accompanying class dean moves with the class from the students’ first year through the end of their fourth year.

The fifth-year dean, also stationary, serves as class dean for students who remain at Oberlin as enrolled students beyond the fourth year. Each accompanying class dean will serve one year with the fifth-year dean, before welcoming a new first-year class with the first-year dean. 

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.


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 for the 2013-2014 Academic Year

First-Year Class Deans

Shozo Kawaguchi

Shozo Kawaguchi (stationary*)

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

Matthew Hayden (accompanying*)

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

Second-Year Class Dean

Kimberly Jackson Davidson

Kimberly Jackson Davidson (accompanying*)

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
Need to meet with me? Please schedule an appointment.

Third-Year Class Dean

Brenda Grier-Miller

Brenda Grier-Miller (accompanying*)

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

Fourth-Year Class Dean

Christopher (Chris) Donaldson

Chris Donaldson (accompanying*)

Special Advisor, Dean of Class of 2014
Student Academic Services
E-mail: chris.donaldson@oberlin.edu
Phone: (440) 775-8464

Fifth-Year Class Deans

Lori Morgan Flood

Lori K. Morgan Flood (stationary*)

Associate Dean/Director of Wellness Services, Fifth-Year Class Dean
Office of the Dean of Students
E-mail: lori.flood@oberlin.edu
Phone: (440) 775-8462

Monique Burgdorf

Monique Burgdorf (accompanying*)

Special Advisor, Dean of Class of 2013
Student Academic Services
E-mail: monique.burgdorf@oberlin.edu
Phone: (440) 775-8464

*Stationary class deans remain in place. Accompanying class deans move with their respective class from students’ first year through the end of their fourth year. If you do not know which class dean to contact, please call the Office of the Dean of Students, 440-775-8462.