Undergraduate Studies

Associate Dean's Office Staff


Jessica Hatherill, EdD, Senior Administrative Officer

jhath@pitt.edu; 412-624-9894

Maryellen Gannon, Fiscal and Administrative Manager

mhg19@pitt.edu; 412-624-6482


  • schedules appointments/phone calls with the Associate Dean
  • processes incoming correspondence for the Associate Dean
  • supervises Administrative Coordinators
  • receives and monitors Request for Discretionary Funding for the Associate Dean
  • Coordinates the annual Assessment of Majors and Certificate Programs
  • Coordinates Undergraduate Senior Staff meetings
  • General project management for the Associate Dean

Z Taylor, Administrative Coordinator

eht3@pitt.edu; 412-624-2036


  • Coordinates the annual assessment of the General Education Requirements
  • Coordiantes the AMPCO-Pittsburgh Prize nomination and selection process
  • Coordinates Mid-Term Progress Reports for first-year students
  • Serves as the primary maintainer of the Dietrich School Undergraduate Catalog
  • Serves as Secretary of the Dietrich School Undergraduate Council
  • Works with the Office of Measurement and Evaluation of Teaching (OMET) on Student Opinion of Teaching Surveys

Michelle Johnson, Administrative Coordinator

mdg38@pitt.edu; 412-624-5066


  • Purchasing, disbursements, journal entries, and travel expenses
  • Monitors Undergraduate Studies budgets and reconciles monthly
  • Lead responsibility for event planning
  • Coordinates services required from other internal units
  • Provides administrative support during the academic probation process

Undergraduate Student Services

Susan Crain, Director of Student Records and Academic Administration

crain@pitt.edu; 412-624-6779


  • Academic policies and procedures
  • Certifying students for graduation
  • Transfer credit evaluation
  • Advanced Standing
  • Study Abroad
  • Regional relocation
  • Internal transfer students (incoming and outgoing)
  • Works with academic departments, Student Affairs, and Student Appeals to assist students in distress

Derek Fischer, Director of Advising

djf63@pitt.edu; 412-624-9153


  • Academic advising for all undeclared Dietrich School students (typically first-year students, sophomores, and new external transfer students, totalling 5,500-6,000 students)
  • Oversees a staff of 2 Assistant Directors and 26 academic advisors
  • Coordinates the academic portion of PittStart orientations for incoming first-year students
  • Partners with departmental advisors to ensure consistent advising throughout the student career
  • Seat management of first-year and external transfer appropriate courses (Main Contact: Maggie Schneider, Assistant Director of Advising - schneid@pitt.edu, 412-624-6227)
  • Peer Advisor program (Main Contact: Ed Giles, Assistant Director of Advising, ed.giles@pitt.edu, 412-383-7039)

Laura Dice, Assistant Dean and Director of First-Year Programs and Academic Success

laurad@pitt.edu; 412-624-6852


  • Intro to Arts and Sciences courses (FP 0001, FP 0003, FP 0006)
  • Academic Communities (clusters of themed courses that provide a cohort-experience for first-semester students)
  • Tutoring
  • Academic Skills Workshops
  • Freshman/First-Year Socialization Funds
  • Academic Standing (Alert, Probation, Suspension, Dismissal)

Michele Lagnese, Director of Student Support Services

mml52@pitt.edu; 412-624-5874


  • Oversees the federally-funded TRIO grant serving first-generation and low-income students (serves 250 undergraduates across Pitt and provides wrap-around services like advising, tutoring, and academic skills development.)

Patrick Mullen, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

pjm57@pitt.edu; 412-624-9150


  • First Experiences in Research (FE-R) and Continuing Experiences in Research (CE-R)
  • Field Studies in New York and London
  • Archival Scholars Research Awards (in partnership with the University Library System)
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Awards
  • Curiosity Grants
  • BRIDGES Scholar program for underrepresented students who are scholarship recipients
  • Works with departments to enhance/develop undergraduate research opportunities

Michael Giazzoni, Director of College in High School and Accelerated High School

giazzoni@pitt.edu; 412-624-6789


  • College in High School (CHS)
  • Works with academic departments, faculty liaisons, and high school teachers to ensure high school teachers are certified and trained to teach Pitt courses.
  • Accelerated High School (AHS)