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Joe Atkins, Assistant Dean of Students
Dean Atkins received a Bachelors from Vassar College in 1997 (double major in Computer Science and Cognitive Science), Doctorate from the University of Rochester in 2003 (Brain and Cognitive Sciences). Dean Atkins came to Colby in the fall of 2002 as a sabbatical replacement professor in psychology right out of graduate school, and stayed on in the psychology department for three years. In the spring of 2005 he took over as Posse mentor for Colby Posse Four and subsequently became the mentor of all Posse students through 2008. Dean Atkins still maintains a lab in the psychology department and remains interested in exploring decision making and human and artificial intelligence.
Tashia Bradley, Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Pugh Center
Dr. Bradley is the Posse mentor for Posse eleven.
Russell Johnson, Associate Professor of Biology
Russell Johnson is the Posse mentor for Posse Ten, and is an Associate Professor of Biology. He teaches a variety of courses including The Cellular Basis of Life, Plant Physiology, Plants of the Tropics, and Molecular Biology. He recently served as chair of the Biology Department and has worked on many campus committees including Academic Affairs, Admissions and Financial Aid, Cultural Events, and Off-Campus Studies. He has been active for many years in the Faculty Allies, a group of faculty members that provides support for students of color. He participates in the Colby Achievement program (CAPS) and Colby Research Scholars (CRS), programs that provide research opportunities for students that are traditionally underrepresented in the sciences.
Professor Johnson received a bachelor's degree in Biology from the Colorado College in 1984, and a PhD in Plant Physiology from Washington State University in 1989. After doing plant research and teaching at the University of Calgary and Montana State University, he came to Colby in 1996. He maintains an active research lab where he and his students investigate how plant cells respond to the stress hormone abscisic acid. Russell lives in Waterville with his wife Michele and daughter Ursula.
Paul Johnston, Senior Associate Dean of Students
Dean Johnston is Posse mentor for Posse Eight, and is responsible for the Student Conduct and Discipline program at the College. This means that he works closely with the Security office to investigate and administer sanctions in cases where the code of behavioral expectations has been violated. Dean Johnston also oversees the judicial process when a case is referred to the J-Board (primarily student-to-student disputes), Appeals Board (appeals from a J-Board case or allegations of academic dishonesty), or to a Dean's Hearing (generally reserved for sexual assault cases or hearings that require a more private setting). Outside of the judicial realm, dean Johnston consults with members of the Health Center staff on cases of alcohol and/or substance abuse and mental health situations which require a student to be separated from the College.
Dean Johnston grew up in Maine and went to the University of Maine (at Orono) where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and pursued a Counseling degree with a concentration in Student Affairs and Higher Education. Dean Johnston has been working in the Dean's office at Colby since August 1982 when he arrived to manage the Housing program. At that time, this meant pairing the freshmen roommates and overseeing the room changes throughout the year. In the spring, he would coordinate the Room Draw process (along with a student committee which reviewed the process each year and made recommendations for changes where needed). He was responsible for enrollment management and working with Admissions office to determine the size of each year's entering class. Working with PPD and the architects on residence hall renovations projects was particularly rewarding. Twenty years later, Dean Johnston moved from the Housing office to managing the hall staff and the residential life programs. In this capacity, he selected, trained and supervised forty-eight undergraduate head residents. Dean Johnston is about to begin his third year as the chief conduct officer. Dean Johnston lives locally in Belgrade and his wife Sandra (who works in the Admissions Office) and two children Liam and Giada.