The Office of the Dean
Robert A Flowers II
Herbert J. and Ann L. Siegel Dean
Robert A. Flowers II is the Herbert J. and Ann L. Siegel Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He previously served as Lehigh’s deputy provost for faculty affairs. He is also professor and Danser Distinguished Faculty Chair in the Department of Chemistry.
Flowers joined the Lehigh faculty in 2003, serving as chair of the chemistry department until 2015. In 2016, he was named deputy provost for faculty affairs at Lehigh, and officially took on that role in January 2017.
His research group is interested in the mechanistic analysis and development of electron transfer reagents in organic synthesis, synthetic applications of proton-coupled electron transfer, organometallic chemistry, calorimetric analysis of intermolecular interactions, and applications of back-scattering interferometry in molecular recognition.
In 2008, Flowers was awarded the Danser Distinguished Faculty Chair in Chemistry. The distinguished chair is given in honor of excellence in research, teaching and service.
Flowers has published more than 120 peer-reviewed papers, a book, and five book chapters. He has given more than 100 invited U.S. and international lectures at universities and professional meetings.
Flowers taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at Lehigh. At Lehigh, he received the Eleanor and Joseph F. Libsch Research Award in 2012, the Dean’s Award for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity in 2016, and the Hillman Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising in 2017.
Flowers earned a B.S. in chemistry from East Stroudsburg University and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Lehigh. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary Programs and International Initiatives
Kelly Austin-Noble is an associate professor of sociology. She received her PhD from North Carolina State University in 2012. Kelly has served as director of the Health, Medicine, and Society program and Global Studies program, and as a CAS representative to the Faculty Senate. In 2017 Kelly was awarded the Williamson Prize for innovative scholarship and the CAS Service Award. She has also been the recipient of the Frank Hook Assistant Professorship which recognized her outstanding work fostering personal interaction and mentoring relationships with students.
Kelly’s scholarship utilizes political economy perspectives to explore the causes of environmental degradation, disasters, and infectious disease in less-developed countries. She conducts cross-national quantitative assessments and qualitative fieldwork on-the-ground in rural Uganda. Austin enjoys teaching courses on Research Methods, Global Health, and the Political Economy of Globalization.
R. Michael Burger
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
R. Michael Burger is a professor of biological sciences. He earned his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin prior to postdoctoral fellowships at the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich. He is a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
At Lehigh, Dr. Burger teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the behavioral neuroscience program. He served on the Department of Biological Sciences Graduate Committee for many years, has served on the Health Professions Advisory Committee, and served as Chair of the University Faculty Compensation Committee for three years.
Dr. Burger's research group investigates the neurobiological basis of hearing and has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, The Hearing Health Foundation, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He has active collaborations with laboratories at the University of Munich, the University of Oldenburg, NEOMED, and the National Institute for Deafness and other Communication Disorders. He serves as Associate Editor at Frontiers in Neural Circuits and The Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology. He is a member of the Editorial Board at the Journal of Neurophysiology.
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Dawn Keetley is a professor of English. She earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in December 1994, with fields in women's literature, feminist theory, and nineteenth-century American literature.
After spending several years writing about nineteenth-century U.S. women's autobiography, then about fictional accounts of murderous women, and finally about men's homicidal jealousy and envy, Keetley’s most recent publication is Making a Monster: Jesse Pomeroy, the Boy Murderer of 1870s Boston, a cultural history of the conditions that led a fourteen-year-old boy to torture and murder several small children between 1872-1874. Keetley has also published articles about contemporary Gothic and horror fiction, film and television, including on Stephen King's Cell, George Romero's Dead films, FX’s American Horror Story, AMC’s The Walking Dead, and Showtime’s Dexter. She is currently working on a monograph and a collection of essays on Folk Horror.
Keetley also runs a website, Horror Homeroom, with Elizabeth Erwin and Gwen Hofmann about all aspects of horror. She is most recently the editor of Jordan Peele's Get Out: Political Horror. She is co-editor with Matthew Wynn Sivils, of Ecogothic in Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Plant Horror: Approaches to the Monstrous Vegetal in Fiction and Film with Angela Tenga, and The Politics of Race, Gender and Sexuality in The Walking Dead with Elizabeth Erwin. Keetly is also editor of We're All Infected: Essays on AMC's "The Walking Dead" and the Fate of Human.
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs
Susan Szczepanski is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics. She received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University and held a post-doctoral position at M.I.T. before joining Lehigh. Her scholarly interests include geometric topology, singularity theory and, more recently, applications of topological concepts to the analysis of data.
She is actively involved in the mentoring of undergraduate students as an advisor for students majoring in Mathematics, as an advising mentor for first year students in the College of Arts and Sciences and as a content specialist and mentor to students, in the College of Education, pursuing certification by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. She was a 2017 recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Schuafeld Award for Advising Excellence.
As an ADVANCE chair, she served on the leadership team of the NSF funded, Lehigh ADVANCE grant targeting recruitment, retention, and advancement of women faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields at Lehigh. Through Lehigh’s Outreach Office, she has participated as senior personnel on two NSF-funded projects partnering Lehigh STEM faculty and graduate students with teachers in the Lehigh Valley area school districts and encouraging students to pursue interests in the STEM fields.
At Lehigh, she chaired the CAS Policy Committee and the Graduate and Research Committee, and served on the Faculty Steering Committee, the Faculty Personnel Committee, the Faculty Committee on Student Life and the Faculty Compensation Committee. She served as Lehigh University Ombudsperson for four years, 2014 through 2018.