College Leadership

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.

Diane Hyland
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Staff

Lehigh University College of Arts and Sciences - Diane Hyland, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and StaffDiane Hyland is professor of psychology and formerly served as chair of the department. She also serves as director of the Center for Social Research. A member of the faculty for nearly 30 years, Diane has taught courses on topics including child development, adult development and aging, psychology of gender, and social research. In 1991, she received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindbach Award for Distinguished Teaching by a senior member of the faculty and the Panhellenic Council Faculty Award in 1991.

Over the course of her career at Lehigh, Diane has actively published and frequently presented at professional conferences. Outside the classroom, Diane has been an energetic member of the university community, serving as a mentor to junior faculty and taking leadership roles on committees that provide the experience perfectly suited to her new role. She has played dynamic roles while serving on committees such as the Faculty Personnel Policy Review, University Institutional Review Board, University Task Force on Faculty Diversity, University Faculty Steering Committee, University Personnel Committee, and the University’s Presidential Search Committee. In late 2009, she was asked by President Gast to serve on the search committee for the newly established presidential chair in health in the social sciences or humanities.

Jackie Krasas
Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary Programs and International Initiatives

Lehigh University College of Arts and Sciences - Jackie Krasas, Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary Programs and International InitiativesJackie Krasas is associate professor of sociology and anthropology. She directed the women, gender, and sexuality Studies (WGSS) program from 2005 until 2014. As director of WGSS she expanded the program from an undergraduate minor in 2005 to one that now includes both an undergraduate major and an interdisciplinary graduate certificate. Her scholarship focuses on gender, race and employment inequality, masculinities, work and family, sexual harassment, and non-standard work. Her book, Temps: The Many Faces of the Changing Workplace, analyzes the rise in temporary employment and the experience of temporary workers in terms of race, gender, power, and identity. Prof. Krasas is co-principle investigator and part of the leadership team for the Lehigh ADVANCE grant, “Building Community Beyond Academic Departments.” Her scholarship from the grant focuses on gender and interdisciplinary work in academia, particularly in STEM fields. Krasas received her Ph.D. in sociology with a specialty in gender studies from the University of Southern California. She is also a 1987 graduate of Lehigh University.
 
Susan Szczepanski
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs

Susan Szczepanski is an associate professor in the Mathematics Department.  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.