Academic Affairs

Dr. Milton Moreland, Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs, is the chief academic officer of the college and the “go-to-person” for all matters that affect student learning at Rhodes. He is charged with enhancing the quality of undergraduate education through promotion of excellence in teaching, the development of scholarship, and close student-faculty interactions. In addition, he works with academic department chairs and interdisciplinary program directors in addressing curricular, personnel, and budgetary matters. Dr. Moreland, Professor of Religious Studies, has served as the Director of the Rhodes Institute, Chair of the Archaeology Program, and Director of the Memphis Center at Rhodes College. He was the 2012 recipient of the Jameson M. Jones Award for Outstanding Faculty Service.

Dr. Michelle Mattson, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, assists the Dean in determining, monitoring and projecting the faculty personnel profile and oversees annual evaluations of faculty and non-faculty persons who support the academic programs. She has been with Rhodes College since 2004. She graduated Summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in German and Latin. Michelle holds a Master of Arts in German Studies and a Ph.D., in German Studies and Humanities from Stanford University.  Dr. Mattson recently completed a book entitled Mapping Morality in the Postwar German Women’s Fiction: Christa Wolf, Ingeborg Drewitz, and Grete Weil that came out in August of 2010 with Camden House.

Dr. Brian Shaffer, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, assists the Dean of the Faculty in matters related to tenure and promotion, fourth-year faculty reviews, second-year reviews, post-tenure faculty reviews, and faculty development programs.  An Associate Dean since 2000, Dr. Shaffer began his career at Rhodes in the English Department, which he joined in 1990.  His primary area of scholarship is twentieth-century British and Irish fiction.  Dr. Shaffer continues to teach in the Department of English in addition to his administrative duties. He is a past winner of both the Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Research (1995) and the Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Teaching (2000).

Dr. Noelle Chaddock has joined the Rhodes College staff as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for diversity and inclusivity, which is a new position at the college. Dr. Chaddock also will be a faculty member in the Africana studies program and will teach the course The Making of Race in the Americas. Prior to joining the Rhodes staff, she served as chief diversity officer at the State University of New York at Cortland. Dr. Chaddock received her degrees from the State University of New York at Binghamton. In her new position, she will work closely with the president’s office, dean of faculty, student affairs, and other areas on institutional strategies to ensure the college is a diverse and welcoming community.