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Meet Our Deans

Georgetown College

Dean Christopher S. Celenza

Celenza is a professor of history and classics, specializing in Italian Renaissance history, post-classical Latin literature and philosophy, and the history of classical scholarship. He has written or edited more than 40 articles and 10 books, most recently a biography of Niccolo Machiavelli. Two new books — Petrarch: Everywhere a Wanderer and The Intellectual World of the Italian Renaissance — were recently published. Before coming to the Hilltop, Celenza was the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at Johns Hopkins University and served as Director of the American Academy in Rome. Learn more about Georgetown College.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Dean Norberto Grzywacz

Grzywacz’s extensive research combines multiple disciplines, including neuroscience, physics, cognitive science, cellular biology, biomedical engineering, and mathematical and computational modeling. He holds bachelor's degrees in physics and mathematics as well as a Ph.D. in neurobiology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Learn more about the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Georgetown university Medical Center

Executive Vice President for Health Sciences and Executive Dean of the School of Medicine Edward B. Healton, M.D., M.P.H

Dr. Healton, who also is executive vice president of Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) is responsible for advancing the center’s educational and research missions and for working effectively with the leadership of MedStar Health, its clinical partner. GUMC comprises the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing & Health Studies, the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Biomedical Graduate Research Organization. Learn more about the Georgetown University Medical Center.

Dean for Research Robert Clarke, Ph.D, D.Sc.

Clarke leads Georgetown University Medical Center’s high-performance research community, expanding its extramural funding and promoting the efforts of its faculty.  Also, he works in collaboration with the Georgetown University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences to cultivate and strengthen the research components of the University’s  graduate programs and the quality of graduate biomedical education. Clarke is interim director of the Biomedical Graduate Research Organization, a professor in the Department of Oncology, and an internationally known breast cancer researcher.  

Dean for Medical Education Stephen Ray Mitchell, M.D.

A Dreyfus Merit Scholar at the University of North Carolina, Dr. Mitchell has been honored by election to a mastership in the American College of Physicians for his work in research in clinical teaching methods, and clinical research and care in Pediatric and Adult Rheumatology and Immunology. He has innovated pedagogical methods in the integrated learning center at the School of Medicine where he has served as chief academic officer for the past decade. 

Dean Patricia Cloonan of the School of Nursing & Health Studies

Building upon a longtime career as an administrator, educator, and nurse, Patricia Cloonan, Ph.D., R.N., serves as dean of Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies (NHS). Cloonan has been a member of the Georgetown community for more than 20 years. During that time, she has held a number of academic leadership roles, worked to build strong partnerships with health systems and professional organizations, and led and supported the development of new academic programming and experiential learning opportunities. Most recently, Cloonan has served as chair of the school’s Department of Health Systems Administration, where she also is appointed as an associate professor. Learn more about the School of Nursing & Health Studies.

Georgetown University Law Center

Dean William M. Treanor

Treanor came to Georgetown from Fordham Law School, where he held the Paul Fuller Chair and had been dean since 2002 and a member of the faculty since 1991. A constitutional law scholar who specializes in constitutional history, he has written extensively on the history of constitutional protection of private property and on the original understanding of the Constitution. He is currently one of the ten most cited legal historians. Treanor was a clerk to Judge Oakes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, a speechwriter to the Secretary of Education and a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia. From 1987 to 1990, he worked as associate counsel in the Office of the Iran-Contra Independent Counsel. During the Clinton Administration, he held the post of Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel from 1998 to 2001. Learn more about Georgetown University Law Center.

Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service

Dean Joel Hellman

As both a scholar and practitioner, Dean Joel Hellman brings to Georgetown a unique and valuable perspective from his work on issues of governance, conflict and the political economy of development around the world. He joins the School of Foreign Service following 15 years of service at the World Bank, where he most recently served as chief institutional economist and previously led its engagement with fragile and conflict-affected states as director of the Center on Conflict, Security and Development in Nairobi, Kenya. Learn more about the School of Foreign Service

Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business

Dean Paul Almeida

Almeida is Dean and William R. Berkley Chair at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. A member of the Georgetown community for more than two decades, Almeida has served Georgetown McDonough in a number of positions, including most recently as deputy dean for executive education and innovation and, prior to that, as senior associate dean for executive education. He also is a professor of strategy and international business. His research studies innovation, knowledge management, alliances, and informal collaborations across firms and countries. Almeida earned a Ph.D. in international business and strategy and an M.A. in applied economics and managerial science from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a PGDM (MBA) from the Indian Institute of Management, and a B.E. in electrical engineering from the University of Poona, India. Learn more about the McDonough School of Business.

School of Continuing Studies

Dean Kelly J. Otter

Otter's academic career has focused on adult and professional education, utilizing her expertise in technology-mediated education, enrollment management through strategic marketing, recruitment and prospect cultivation, curriculum development, program assessment and evaluation, as well as cultivation of internal and external partnerships. She has taught in media studies and journalism programs at New York University and the University of Pittsburgh and holds a Ph.D. in arts and humanities education from New York University. Learn more about the School of Continuing Studies.

McCourt School of public Policy

Dean Maria Cancian

Maria Cancian is Dean of the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.  Her research considers the relationship between public policies and family wellbeing. Ongoing projects analyze the interactions of the incarceration, child welfare and child support systems, as well as the implications of multiple partner fertility for family organization and policy.  

Prior to joining Georgetown University she was a Kellett Professor, and served as Associate Dean for Social Sciences and Fiscal Initiatives, and as Director of the Institute for Research on Poverty, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

She also served as Senior Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy for the HHS Administration for Children and Families, in the Obama Administration, as a Casey Family Programs Senior Fellow, a W. T. Grant Foundation Distinguished Fellow in residence at the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation, and a Visiting Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. She received her doctorate in Economics from the University of Michigan. Learn more about the McCourt School of Public Policy.

Georgetown University In Qatar

Dean Ahmad S. Dallal

A recognized scholar of modern and classical Islamic thought, Dean Dallal taught at Yale and Stanford University before joining Georgetown in 2003, where he served as the chair of the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies. More recently, he held the position of provost at the American University of Beirut and was a member of Georgetown University in Qatar's joint advisory board. He holds a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from Columbia University and has published three books and over 40 academic articles. He also served as an adviser to the planning committee of the primary exhibition at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City. Learn more about Georgetown University in Qatar.