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Sinaia Nathanson, Associate Dean, Tufts University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS)Sinaia Nathanson, Associate Dean, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Kim Ellwood, Administrative Assistant

Contact Info

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Tufts University
Ballou Hall
Medford, MA 02155
Phone: 617.627.3106
Email: kim.ellwood@tufts.edu

About the Associate Dean

Associate Dean Nathanson is responsible for creating and implementing the development programs that support our graduate students. Nathanson directs the Graduate Resources and Development Center (GRAD), which focuses on the professional and social development of graduate students, and the Graduate Institute for Teaching (GIFT), a GSAS program that trains doctoral students as classroom teachers and researchers.

A social psychologist specializing in conflict resolution, organizational behavior and leadership, Associate Dean Nathanson teaches introduction to psychology and social psychology courses, as well as courses on negotiation and mediation. She helped design the GSAS Preparing Future Faculty workshop, as well as orientation programs for teaching assistants. In addition, she has developed mentoring workshops for faculty, and programs in conflict management for graduate students.

Beyond Tufts, Associate Dean Nathanson has consulted for numerous organizations in the United States and abroad. She designs and conducts workshops on preventing the escalation of faculty/student conflicts in academic settings, and leads seminars for medical centers on negotiating intra- and interdepartmental disputes.

Nathanson earned her M.Ed. in educational psychology at Harvard University and her Ph.D. in social psychology at Tufts University.

Tufts Fact

The first dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences was J. Sterling Kingsley, a biology professor. He assumed the position in 1903 and, at the time, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences consisted of nine departments. Today, there are twenty-five departments offering master's and doctoral degrees in everything from Art History to Physics.