Academic Affairs

Mission Statement

The mission of Academic Affairs is to work together as an academic community to create a personal, connected, challenging, and transformative learning experience that is practical and liberating.

Vision Statement

Academic Affairs will ensure that intellectual inquiry is central to our students’ overall learning experience, will support faculty and staff in shaping the content of this inquiry and securing its high standard and quality, and will lead the conversation—locally, regionally, and nationally—about the purpose and value of a liberal arts education.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

We are committed to creating and maintaining a community that fosters a culture of inclusiveness. We believe that a transformative and liberating learning experience is one that values and includes a diversity of identities and beliefs. We interpret our motto Juncta Juvant, together we thrive, to mean that we flourish when we learn with those who are least like ourselves.

Forms and Information

For student and faculty forms and information, see the Academic Affairs Wiki and the Intranet.

Contact Us

Location: Thompson Hall, 2nd Floor
Phone: 724-503-1001, Ext. 6006

Academic Affairs Staff

  • Dr. Jeffrey A. Frick, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College
  • Dr. Dana Shiller, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Dr. Steven Malinak, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Debbie Silver, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs


Thompson Hall

Photo of Thompson Hall

Built in 1905, Thompson Hall served as the first unified library of W&J. It is adorned on the outside with Memorial Library and the names of many historical and literary figures. Thompson Hall currently houses the offices of the Registrar, Academic Affairs, Business and Finance, and Human Resources and is located adjacent to Old Main.