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Office of the College of Letters and Sciences LeNoir Hall 301 Phone: 706-568-2056
Fax: 706-569-3133
Dean Dennis Rome, PhD 706-568-2056
Associate Dean James "Pat" McHenry, PhD 706-568-2056
Development Director, Jill Carroll 706-565-7874
Executive Secretary to the Dean, Angela Johnson 706-568-2056

dean rome Dean Dennis Rome, PhD

Ph.D., Washington State University; M.A., Howard University; B.S., Bradley University

Dr. Dennis M. Rome joined Columbus State University in 2014. Prior to serving as Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences, Dr. Rome served as Associate Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside and he currently serves as Director of the Honors Program for the American Sociological Association (ASA). As Associate Provost, Dr. Rome focused on promoting student success, specifically to improve student retention rates and to create more opportunities for faculty development and to lead the institution in the development of new certificates and degree granting programs, including alternative delivery initiatives. As Director of The ASA Honors Program, Dr. Rome works with the Director of Minority and Student Affairs to provide undergraduate students with a rich introduction to the profession and intellectual life of the discipline. Exceptional students from sociology departments in the U.S. and other countries come together to experience the profession during the ASA Annual Meeting. As Director of the program, Dr. Rome is responsible for organizing the full slate of Honors Program activities at the Annual Meeting and serves as the primary contact for the students before, during, and after the meeting.

Prior to the position of Associate Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Rome was a professor at Wright State University, Indiana University at Bloomington and he served as Chair and Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside. Dr. Rome has been the Principal Investigator for several grants including institutional grants totaling over $1.5 million. While serving on the faculty Dr. Rome received several prestigious awards and honors: he became a Carnegie Scholar and was awarded a Fulbright Award to Russia. Dr. Rome is also the recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Award.

While in Wisconsin, Dr. Rome received much experience working with local and state legislatures. In fact, he was appointed by State Senators Alan Lasee and Steve Wieckert to serve as a Public Member of the Wisconsin Legislative Council Special Committee on Expunction of Criminal Records and he was also appointed by Senator Fred A. Risser and Representative Marlin D. Schneider to serve on the Wisconsin Legislative Council Special Committee on Criminal Justice Funding and Strategies.
Community engagement is very important to Dr. Rome and while in Wisconsin, Dr. Rome served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha. Presently, Dr. Rome volunteers for the Boys and Girls Clubs of The Chattahoochee Valley.

Dr. Rome is the author and co-editor of several books, he has written numerous research articles and research briefs. He has made over fifty formal paper presentations in the United States and other countries including St. Petersburg, Russia; Kazan, Russia; Kurashiki, Japan; Utrecht, the Netherlands; Paris, France; Berlin, Germany and Montreal, Canada.

Associate Dean Pat McHenry, PhDmchenry

Ph.D., Ohio University; M.A., Middle Tennessee State University; B.A., St. Ambrose University

Dr. Patrick McHenry is a Professor of English and the Associate Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. McHenry is the author of A Milton Herbal published as an issue of the Milton Quarterly, and is now under contract to produce a new edition of Thomas Kyd's revenge tragedy, The Spanish Tragedy, a sixteenth-century play that had an lasting influence on the English stage. McHenry earned his Ph.D. in Renaissance English Literature at Ohio University. He has served Columbus State in a number of administrative roles, including Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, Chair of the Art Department, and Chair of the Math and Philosophy Department, and Interim Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences.



Jill Carroll

Development Director, Jill Carroll

Bachelor of Applied Science, Environmental Science/Management (Honors) - James Cook University, Townsville, Australia

Jill Carroll joined CSU in 2000 as the Administrative Coordinator of Public Outreach at the Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, where she served until 2008 when she transitioned into the role of Events Coordinator at the Math & Science Learning Center. She began her position as the College of Letters and Sciences Development Director in 2011, shortly after the creation of the college.

Before arriving in Columbus, Carroll studied in Townsville, Australia at James Cook University where she earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Science and Management. In 1999, she worked with James Cook University as a tutor for environmental sciences and as a North Queensland Research Officer for the Australian Heritage Commission.