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Members’ Biographies

Co-chair Randy Bass is Associate Provost for Teaching and Learning Initiatives at Georgetown University, and Executive Director of Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS), a campus-wide center, supporting faculty work in new learning and research environments.  He has been working at the intersections of new media technologies and the scholarship of teaching and learning for twenty years, including serving as Director and Principal Investigator of the Visible Knowledge Project, a five-year scholarship of teaching and learning project involving 70 faculty on 21 university and college campuses.  In January 2009, he published a collection of essays and synthesis of findings from the Visible Knowledge Project under the title, “The Different that Inquiry Makes:  A Collaborative Case Study on Technology and Learning from the Visible Knowledge Project,” (co-edited with Bret Eynon) in the digital journal Academic Commons (January 2009: http://academiccommons.org).  From 2003-2009, he was a Consulting Scholar for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where he served, in 1998-99, as a Pew Scholar and Carnegie Fellow.  In 1999, he won the EDUCAUSE Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Technology and Undergraduate Education.  Bass is Associate Professor of English and the author and editor of numerous books, articles, and electronic projects.  He is President-elect of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) and will serve as President in 2011.

Co-chair Marjory Blumenthal joined Georgetown University in August 2003 as Associate Provost, Academic.  Her responsibilities are broad, notably including leadership in strengthening the sciences and science and technology policy at Georgetown.  Other responsibilities include campus-wide academic planning; diversity; oversight of international initiatives; the Kennedy Institute of Ethics; the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship; the Gervase Programs (which concentrate on undergraduate leadership development); and the School of Continuing Studies.  She teaches, advises students, and consults on Internet and cybersecurity policy, areas where she continues to pursue personal research.  Between July 1987 and August 2003, Blumenthal built and served as Executive Director of the National Academies’ Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB: http://cstb.org).  She designed, directed, and oversaw collaborative study projects and symposia on technical and policy issues in computing and telecommunications.  CSTB activities, involving groups of experts from academia and industry, influence public policy as well as the scholarship or strategies of participants.  Blumenthal is the principal author and/or substantive editor of numerous books and articles.  She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Pew Internet & American Life Project and the Center for Strategic and International Studies Commission on Cybersecurity; she is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration; she chairs the External Advisory Board for the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing at UCLA; and she is an Office of Naval Research grantee.  She did her undergraduate work at Brown University and her graduate work at Harvard University.

Allan Angerio is a faculty member in the School of Nursing and Health Studies where he is currently interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor Emeritus of Human Science.  His career at Georgetown spans forty years, where he taught the human sciences:  human biology, pathophysiology, and microbiology.  He has taught thousands of students over his career.  He is honored by an endowed scholarship in his name.  His area of research interest is cellular messengers and the inflammatory response.  He has published widely in this area.

Judith Areen is the Interim Dean and the Paul Regis Dean Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center.  Between 1989 and 2004, she served as Executive Vice President for Law Affairs at Georgetown University and Dean of the Law Center.  A member of the faculty at Georgetown since 1972, Areen’s areas of academic expertise include higher education law and family law.  Her casebook on Higher Education and the Law was published last year (Foundation Press, 2009).  A graduate of Cornell University (1966) and the Yale Law School (1969), Areen has also worked in the private sector and in government at the local and federal levels.  She is a member of the American Law Institute, and a director of the Pro Bono Institute.  In 2006, she served as President of the Association of American Law Schools, the learned society of the profession.  she has also served on the Board of Trustees of Cornell University and as a governor of the District of Columbia Bar.

Thomas Banchoff is Director of the Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, and Associate Professor in the Government Department of the School of Foreign Service.  His research and teaching center on the politics of religious pluralism, both national and internationally.  Banchoff is the editor of Democracy and the New Religious Pluralism and Religious Pluralism, Globalization, and World Politics. He is currently completing a manuscript on the religious and secular politics of embryo and stem cell research in Europe and the United States.  He received his BA in History from Yale (summa cum laude) in 1986, an MA in History and Political Science from the University of Bonn in 1988, and a Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton in 1993.  He was a Conant Fellow at Harvard’s Center for European Studies in 1997-98 and a Humboldt Fellow at the Center for European Integration Studies in Bonn in 2000-01.  Banchoff served as Director of Georgetown’s Master of Arts in German and European Studies from 2001-2003 and was awarded the DAAD Award for Distinguished Scholarship in German studies in 2003.

Marc Busch is the Karl F. Landegger Professor of International Business Diplomacy at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, and an Adjunct Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.  He is an expert on international trade policy and law, the author of the book Trade Warriors, and articles in the American Journal of Political Science, American Journal of Sociology, British Journal of Political Science, Fordham International Law Journal, International Organization, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of World Trade, World Politics and World Trade Review. He has been invited to address a variety of government agencies and international institutions, including the Advisory Center on WTO Law, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the World Bank and the United Nations.  He has testified before the US Congress on Airbus-Boeing litigation and the Canadian Senate on softwood lumber litigation.  He previously taught at Queen’s University and at Harvard University.  He has been awarded research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Harvard University, the John F. Olin Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Center for Social Sciences at Columbia University, and the Institute for the Study of World Politics, among others, and is co-author of the journal Economics & Politics. Busch has won several teaching awards, including the Frank Knox Teaching Excellence Award for best undergraduate professor at Queen’s University, the Executive MBA, AMBA, Cornell-Queen’s, and MBA Society Teaching Excellence Awards at Queen’s School of Business, the Thomas Hoopes Teaching Prize at Harvard University, and was nominated for the Faculty of the Year Award at Georgetown and for the Joseph Levenson Teaching Award at Harvard for best junior faculty undergraduate professor.  He has consulted to Booz Allen Hamilton, Bell Canada Enterprises, McKinsey & Co., Monitor’s Country Competitiveness Practice, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Health Canada, the United Nations, and the Trade Law Division of the Department of International Trade Canada, on whose behalf he addressed a NAFTA Article 2022 panel on dispute settlement.  He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University.  (*NOTE:  Marc Bush was on leave 2010-2011)

Charles DeSantis serves as Associate Vice President and Chief Benefits Officer for Georgetown University, leading the office that handles employee health insurance, wellness, pension plans and retirement savings plans.  In his role, he determines policy, negotiates contracts and makes sure the University complies with relevant federal and local regulations and provides the benefits that will attract and retain employees.  In addition to his role as Chief Benefits Officer, he also holds the position of Manager for the 10-year campus plan and the co-convener of the Georgetown Africa Interest Network (GAIN).  Before joining Georgetown in May 2005, DeSantis was vice president for operations and chief operations officer at PacAdvantage, a nonprofit company providing access to health care benefits to small businesses in California; associate director of benefits services at Stanford University, senior director of people services at Gap Inc.; and he worked with the Federal Reserve for twelve years.  DeSantis has a long and distinguished history of service to charitable organizations, including as vice president of the board of directors for the Stepping Stones Growth Center.  Since traveling to Kenya in June 2007, he has been very active in raising funds for children and families in Africa.  He has also developed an arts education program for university-bound, high-school-age AIDS orphans in the Kibera slum near Nairobi, Kenya, and he is a member of the board of directors of Nyumbani, the first Kenyan orphanage for children with HIV/AIDS and serving at least sixty-thousand children.

K. Travis Holman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry.  His Ph.D. in chemistry was awarded in 1998 from the University of Missouri-Columbia under the direction of Prof. Jerry L. Atwood, work that earned him a Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada post-doctoral fellowship.  The fellowship was tenured in the research group of Prof. Michael D. Ward in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota, following which, in 2001, Dr. Holman joined the faculty of Georgetown University as a Visiting Assistant Professor.  He was appointed as a tenure track Assistant Professor in 2002 and was promoted to his current rank in 2008.  In 2004, he was awarded a National Science Foundation early CAREER award.  His research interests lie at the intersection of supramolecular, solid-state, and organometallic chemistries.  He has delivered over 40 invited lectures and co-authored 49 refereed publications in these areas.

Mitch Kaneda is Associate Dean and Director of Undergraduate Program at the School of Foreign Service.  After earning a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, he joined Georgetown as an assistant professor in 1994.  He teaches International Trade, a requirement for all School of Foreign Service students, and has won multiple teaching awards, including the School of Foreign Service Core Faculty Award.  Shifting gears as dean in 2001, he has administered the International Economics and International Political Economy majors, being involved intensely in the curriculum and student advising.  His research interests are in international trade theory and dynamic modeling, and he has published in the Journal of Economic Theory and the Journal of Development Economics. Originally from Japan, he has a B.A. and an M.A. from the International Christian University in Tokyo and is on the Board of Trustees of its U.S. Foundation.

Artemis Kirk is the University Librarian at Georgetown University and was previously Director of University Libraries for the University of Rhode Island from 1998-2001.  Kirk has many years of experience in library administration and has served as Assistant Director of Libraries for Collections and Budget at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, and Director of Libraries and Co-Director of Information Technology for Simmons College in Boston.  She was also on the faculty of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons.  Kirk is the University’s representative to the Association of Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Library Directors Group.  She is a member of the boards of directors of the Chesapeake Information and Research Library Alliance (CIRLA) and of the Washington Research Library Consortium  She is the author and principal investigator of a federally funded research grant, “The CIRLA Fellows Program,” to recruit and train research librarians from diverse populations.  She remains active in the Association of College and Research Libraries and the American Library Association’s International Relations Roundtable.  Previously, Kirk was appointed a Library Fellow of the American Library Association and U.S. Information Agency and served as a consultant to the Urban Council Public Libraries in Hong Kong.  She has served as a Board member of the Rhode Island Higher Education Library Information Network and on the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) Members’ Council.  She was also appointed by Rhode Island’s governor to the state’s Library Board.  Kirk holds a B.A. in music from Vassar College; a M.A. in music from Harvard University; and a M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College.

Gerald Mara is Executive Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  He has been at Georgetown and in the Graduate School sine 1982 and has served as Interim Dean of the School on three occasions.  Mara is also Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Government and one of the affiliated faculty within the Department of Philosophy.  He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in political philosophy and the philosophy of social science.  He also has served as co-director of an undergraduate minor in Social and Political Thought.  His research interests are classical political philosophy, historical and contemporary liberalism, and democratic political theory.  He is the author of The Civic Conversations of Thucydides and Plato: Classical Political Philosophy and the Limits of Democracy (2008) and Socrates’ Discursive Democracy: Logos and Ergon in Platonic Political Philosophy (1997) and joint editor of Liberalism and the Good (1990).  He has also published twenty historical or conceptual essays in political theory as journal articles or book chapters, the newest of which is “Thucydides and Political Thought,” in The Cambridge Companion to Greek Political Thought (2009).  His current research examines war and peace as frames of reference for political philosophy.  Mara received his A.B. from Bates College; his A.M. from the University of Pennsylvania; and his Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College.

Michael McGuire is Executive Director of the Office of Planning and Institutional Research (OPIR).  He has been at Georgetown since 1997 and is completing his 26th year in the field of institutional research as the director or executive director at three institutions and two higher education consortia.  Recent professional activities include work on the Research Advisory Committee of the Consortium on Financing Higher Education (COFHE), which he chaired from 2006 until last year.  He has made numerous IR conference presentations, authored professional papers, and served on several higher education boards, over the year.  He has also served on several reaccreditation visiting teams for the Middle States Association’s Commission on Higher Education and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and on the Middle States Substantive Change Committee.  McGuire is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in development psychology from Cornell University.

Kevin O’Brien, S.J. is Executive Director of Campus Ministry at Georgetown.  He collaborates with a staff of thirty people to care for the spiritual and pastoral needs of students, faculty and staff on our three campuses.  O’Brien graduated from Georgetown in 1988 with a degree in government.  He then attended law school at the University of Florida, where he served as an editor on the Florida Law Review. After practicing corporate litigation for two years, O’Brien taught social studies at Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach, FL.  He joined the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1996.  In the course of his ten-year formation as a Jesuit, he earned a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Fordham University, a Master of Divinity and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology at Boston College.  His thesis, a theological reflection on the work of the Jesuit Refugee Service, was published in Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits (Winter 2005).  O’Brien has taught philosophy and ethics at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and business law at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY.  He has worked for the Jesuit Refugee Service in Los Angeles and served pastorally in India, Bolivia, Mexico, and Guatemala.  Ordained to the priesthood in 2006, he worked for two years as associate pastor at Holy Trinity parish in Georgetown before returning to his current position at his alma mater. He currently serves as a Jesuit in residence in Copy Hall and theathes in the theology department.  O’Brien serves on the board of the Washington Jesuit Academy and is a trustee of Georgetown’s Baker Scholars program.  He has served on the Board of Directors at Boston College and the Board of Regents at Georgetown.

Todd Olson serves as the chief student affairs officer for the University, supervising 17 departments and a range of programs and initiatives that support students and enrich their learning experience.  Olson joined the staff at Georgetown in July 2002, and has added his energy into numerous projects here over the past seven and a half years, including new Living Learning programs, the Engelhard curriculum infusion project, and strengthening late night programming on campus.  He has been active in advancing Georgetown’s Catholic and Jesuit identity and in pursuing new diversity initiatives as well.  He serves as an ex officio member of the faculty committee on Intellectual Life in 2006-2007, and currently serves on the steering committee for the University’s Ten-year Campus Plan process.  Olson is co-chair of the Student Life Working Group for the current Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, and has led implementation of new dialogue programs and other student initiatives in connection with that work.  He has served as a faculty member at several student affairs training institutes, and is one of the authors of a new document on principles for student affairs practice at Catholic colleges and universities.  He is an adjunct instructor in the Higher Education Administration program at George Washington University, and an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Nursing and Health Studies here at Georgetown.

Walter Rankin is associate dean of academic affairs for the School of Continuing Studies, overseeing admissions, assessment, enrollment, student and faculty affairs, and graduation certification for the School’s graduate and undergraduate programs in liberal and professional studies.  He earned his Ph.D. in German literature at Georgetown University in 1998 and served as the deputy associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences at George Mason University for ten years before returning to Georgetown in 2008.  He served two years as the president of the National Association for Academic Affairs Administrators, and has presented a variety of academic affairs topics for hte American College Personnel Association and National Academic Advising Association.  He has taught culture, language, and literature courses at Georgetown, George Washington, Hampton, and George Mason Universities, and he has published articles and book chapters on literary and pedagogical topics.  He is the author of Grimm Pictures: Fairy Tale Archetypes in Eight Horror and Suspense Films (2007, McFarland Publishers) and is currently working on his second book that looks at images of Nazis in both American and German propaganda films from WWII to modern-day references in popular culture.

Josef Rauschecker, Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, holds a Ph.D. from the Technical University Munich for work performed at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, and a D.Sc. in Theoretical Medicine/Neurophysiology from Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen.  He is a neuroscientist interested in the functional organization and plasticity of the cerebral cortex and in the neurobiological foundations of perception, cognition, language and music.  Clinically, he is interested in tinnitus and in the effects of sensory deprivation during brain development.  He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in international high-impact journals and is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).  He is P.I. of an international research training program (PIRE) with Howard University and partner institutions in Germany, France and Finland.  Rauschecker has been awarded a Humboldt Research Award and a Finland Distinguished Professorship.  Rauschecker came to Georgetown in 1995 as Associate Director of the Georgetown Institute for Cognitive and Computational Sciences (GICCS) from the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics and the National Institute of Mental Health after stints at Harvard Medical School, Rockefeller University, and the Salk Institute.  At Georgetown, he serves on the Executive Committee of the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience (IPN) and has been Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Science (ICOS) from 2007-2009.

Norean Sharpe joined Georgetown in June 2009 as Associate Dean and Director of Undergraduate Programs in the McDonough School of Business, where she is responsible for advising students, implementing academic policies and assessment initiatives, developing partnerships with area for-profit and non-profit organizations, and working with faculty to develop curriculum for the undergraduate program.  She earned a Ph.D. in systems engineering from the University of Virginia, and her career spans 20 years, with the last 14 at Babson College, where she taught as Professor of Statistics and Operations Research.  She most recently was chair of the Division of Mathematics and Science, where she facilitated the revision of the undergraduate business curriculum and improvement of the co-curricular experience of students.  She also developed a strategic plan for quantitative undergraduate education, advised students, mentored faculty, and chaired multiple task forces that examined the academic, social, and cultural issues facing undergraduate business students.  While at Babson, Sharpe served as Director of Institutional Assessment for two years.  Prior to Babson, Sharpe served as Assistant Professor of statistics and operations at Bowdoin College, with her previous appointment at Yale University.  She has published over 30 articles in the area of analytics and statistics education with her most recent publication being the textbook, Business Statistics. Sharpe currently sits on the boards of three nonprofit organizations.

Edward Soule is an Associate Professor at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, where he has taught courses in managerial ethics and corporate social responsibility since 1999.  In 2002, he was awarded the Joseph F. Le Moine Award for Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching Excellence.  Soule’s research considers two facets of business from a moral point of view:   management responsibility and commercial regulation.  His book, Morality & Markets: The Ethics of Government Regulation, was published in 2003 and his articles appear in a range of scholarly journals; from The Academy of Management Review and Business Ethics Quarterly to the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy and Hume Studies. He is the author of Embedding Ethics in Business and Higher Education: From Leadership to Management Imperative, a publication that addresses the challenges of managing ethical performance in a post-Enron world.  Soule addresses a wide range of audiences, from domestic and international corporate executives to anti-corruption officials.  Soule’s academic activities reflect his unlikely past – formal training in moral and political philosophy that followed a business career.  He served as the Chief Financial Officer of Edward Jones from 1986 to 1995.  For the twelve years preceding that appointment he held several positions in public accounting, including Managing Partner of the St. Louis office of Main Hurdmann (subsequently merged into KPMG).  He received his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1999.  His studies were briefly interrupted when he was recruited to serve as the interim Chief Financial Officer of TransWorld Airlines during the latter half of 1996; a particularly precarious period for that carrier.  Throughout his career Soule has served on the boards of not-for-profit organizations.  He was the Treasurer and a member of the Executive Board of the Humane Society of Eastern Missouri from 1991 to 1997 and served in a similar capacity for the New City School from 1994 to 1999.  He is presently a Trustee and the Treasurer of Rare, an international conservation organization headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.

Kathryn Temple, associate professor and chair of the Georgetown University English Department, specializes in eighteenth-century British law, literature, and culture.  At Georgetown, she serves as first vice-chair of the Executive Faculty and as Writing Services coordinator for the School for Continuing Studies.  Currently she is an elected representative on the MLA Division for Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Studies, and a consultant to the College Board on the issue of Advanced Placement standards for English literature.  Her current book project, Loving Justice: William Blackstone and the Origins of Anglo-American Law, takes up the relationship between poetics, affect, and political institutions, while her first book, Scandal Nation, investigated the public impact of law on texts and authorship.  Temple teaches eighteenth-century literature and culture, women’s literature, advanced prose writing, and law and cultural studies.  Originally from Urbana Illinois, she received her J.D. from Emory University School of Law in 1981 and a Ph.D. in English form the University of Virginia in 1994.  She has been at Georgetown since 1994.

Edward Van Keuren is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at Georgetown University.  After obtaining a Ph.D. in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1990, Van Keuren worked for the German chemical company, BASF AG, in Germany and Japan, and also spent several years at the Japanese National Institute of Materials and Chemical Research.  During this time, his work encompassed the development and characterization of novel optical switching materials, in particular those based on organic nanoparticles.  He also developed a number of fiber optic light scattering methods for determining particle size in concentrated dispersions.  Since 1999, Van Keuren has been at Georgetown, continuing research on the preparation and application of nanoparticles.  His research focus is on both applying novel optical characterization methods to measure the initial nucleation and self-assembly of organic nanoparticles in solution as well as the development of new nanoparticle materials for applications such a sMRI contrast enhancement.  He has over 50 publications in peer reviewed journals, three patents pending, and his work has been recognized by a National Science Foundation Career Enhancement Award, an Oak Ridge Associated Universities Ralph E. Powe member of the American Physical Society, American Chemical Society and SPIE, and is an active member of the Northern Virginia Technology Council Nanotechnology committee.  Since 2007, he has served as the Chair of the Georgetown Physics Department.

Ali Whitmer is the Associate Dean of Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgetown University.  She came to Georgetown most recently from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she was a Research Scientist and the Director of Education at their Marine Science Institute.  Prior to that she was the Director of Biology Undergraduate Programs at Arizona State University.  She received her Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Washington, where her research focused on the population dynamics and genetics of kelp forests.  Currently her research focuses on issues of urban sustainability and environmental justice.  Over her career she has developed a portfolio of research and administration in science and science education at K-12, undergraduate and graduate levels.  Whitmer has worked with national science education initiatives funded by the NSF and NOAA, on strategic planning initiatives with societies such as the Ecological Society of America and Sigma Xi, and served as co-PI on the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Long-term Ecological Research Program Strategic Planning Grant.  Currently, she is a co-PI on an NSF Math-Science Partnership project focusing on environmental literacy in K-12 schools and on an NSF ULTRA-Ex project focusing on urban sustainability in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.

Jennifer Woolard, an associate professor of psychology at Georgetown University and research fellow at the Center for Social Justice, obtained her Ph.D. in developmental and community psychology from the University of Virginia.  Her research focuses on adolescents and families in legal contexts, including police interrogation, culpability, the attorney-client relationship, and the role of parents in adolescents’ legal decision making.  She also works with local nonprofit agencies to study community change and youth violence prevention.  Woolard has also published on the prevention of child abuse and neglect, policy regarding female delinquency, and mental health needs of juvenile delinquents.  Her recent research collaborations include membership on the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice.  She has presented her research findings to a wide variety of academic, legal , and policy audiences, and won several awards for undergraduate teaching excellence.

Staff Support

Sonia Jacobson has worked on academic matters in the Provost’s Office at Georgetown since fall 1994, and has worked to be a positive force in enhancing the intellectual life of Georgetown students, especially undergraduates.  Her participation was key to the development and acceptance of the current Undergraduate Honor System in 1996, and has served as its director ever since.  With William Cooper, then executive vice president (1996-1998), Sonia helped “invent” the Georgetown Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (GUROP) which matches Georgetown’s very intelligent and enterprising undergraduates with its equally talented and expert faculty to pursue original research.  Other duties and projects in the Office of the Provost have included previous decennial accreditation and periodic reviews, and as a liaison with Facilities and Project Management, Communications, Student Affairs, and other offices on campus.  An ardent Midwesterner, Sonia holds degrees in classical languages from Carleton College  (A.B. 1975) and the University of Chicago (A.<. 1988), where she also worked for ten years prior to moving to Washington, D.C. in 1991.

Vanessa Krebs works in the Office of the Provost at Georgetown University as a Program Coordinator and Executive Assistant to the Associate Provost, Academic.  Vanessa graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Political Science.  Prior to moving to D.C., Vanessa resided in New Zealand for a number of years, where she served as the Executive Assistant to the New Zealand Minister of Trade and also as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) of Victoria University of Wellington.