Class Deans

Colby succeeds when our students thrive. Stellar advising is an important foundation.

Class deans will work closely with you to navigate and chart your academic experience at Colby. They work closely together to help you sort out any issue that arises and collaborate with your academic advisor, parents, and staff from across the College to ensure you reach your potential.

Please make an appointment by calling 207-859-4560 or drop in during walk-in hours to discuss any questions or concerns, brainstorm options, or think strategically about your academic and future planning. Class deans also serve as part of the night and weekend emergency on-call rotation. To reach the on-call dean, call campus security: 207-859-5530.

Meet the Class Deans

Barbara Moore, Dean of Studies

Chanda Long, Class Dean for Junior and Senior Students and Programs
Steve Moran, Class Dean for First-Year Students and Programs

Dean Steve Moran

Steve Moran serves as the Class Dean for students new to Mayflower Hill. He is a resource for any questions regarding academic success or general concerns related to the first year experience. Dean Moran believes the transition to Colby is a time filled with great energy and change. He is excited to meet with students and help navigate that journey. This includes providing support when they face challenges and being present to celebrate their successes.

Before working at Colby College, Dean Moran worked at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. There he was the Director of Student Leadership and Engagement, overseeing new-student orientation, all student organizations, and student governance. Dean Moran actively taught a number of first-year transition and leadership courses at his previous institution. He also served as a member of the on-call rotation and as a Title IX investigator. This diverse array of student life experience helps him support first year students through their transition to college life.

Dean Moran loves being a part of the Colby community. He lives in Waterville with his wife, two young children, and Labrador Retriever. He graduated with a B.A. in political science from the University of Maine and subsequently completed his M.Ed. in higher education administration at the University of Maine.

Dean Moran can be reached via email at or by visiting the Dean of Studies Office in Eustis.

Laura Jones-Pettit, Class Dean for Sophomore Students and Programs

For a lot of students, sophomore year is a year of processing and planning after the whirlwind of new experiences during first-year. Dean Jones-Pettit works with sophomores on adjusting to increasingly difficult classes, and navigating independence.

We often talk about and plan for really concrete things like studying abroad, internships, and finances. We also sometimes end up discussing relationships and ways that they change over time, and how to communicate with people about complicated stuff. We work on issues related to personal identity and life direction, things like picking a major, feeling like you’re doing work that matters, identifying priorities and triaging competing obligations, staying motivated, or even just figuring out what kind of person you want to be, and how to do that. Dean Jones-Pettit also helps students handle health issues and personal emergencies.

At the end of the day our office exists to help students handle whatever issues need to be solved so that our students can focus on learning. If you or someone you care about has an issue and you don’t know who to talk to, you can always start here.

Before joining the Colby community, Dean Jones-Pettit taught in and helped run Penn State’s Program of Writing and Rhetoric, helping folks both inside and outside the classroom to productively communicate and problem solve.

Dean Jones-Pettit can be reached at or by visiting the Dean of Studies Office in Eustis.