Office of the Dean

Office of the Dean

Coleen Coleman

Coleman, Coleen

Associate Dean, School of Education and Social Policy


  • BS, Communication, Northwestern University, 1988
  • MS, Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University, 1991
Julie Deardorff

Deardorff, Julie

Director of Communications and Outreach


  • MBA, University of Iowa
  • BA, Journalism, University of Iowa
Steve Drey

Drey, Steve

Senior Web Designer


  • BA in Art - Emphasis in Design - Art Education Teaching Certification, University of Iowa, 1999
David Figlio

Figlio, David

Dean, School of Education and Social Policy

Orrington Lunt Professor of Education and Social Policy

Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research


  • PhD, Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1995
  • MS, Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1992
  • BS, Business Economics and Public Policy, George Washington University, 1991

Research Interests

Accountability policy; economics of education; teacher quality; teacher labor markets; anti-poverty policy; intergenerational transmission of human capital; evaluation design.

Russell Gillespie

Gillespie, Russell

User Support Specialist, School of Education and Social Policy


  • BA, Music in Composition, Oakland University, 2005
Michael Hannen

Hannen, Michael

Director, Information Technology, School of Education and Social Policy


  • MS, Computer Science, University of Chicago, 2008
  • BFA, Theater, DePaul University, 1994
Jeanne Hughes

Hughes, Jeanne

Assistant Dean


  • BA, Grinnell College
Anne Kerins

Kerins, Anne

Director of Business and Finance


  • MS in Library and Information Science, University of Illinois
  • AB, Kenyon College
Beth McDonald

McDonald, Beth

Director of Administration


  • BA, Political Science, University of Missouri - Columbia
Ryan Nix

Nix, Ryan

Senior IT Consultant, School of Education and Social Policy


  • BS, Organizational Communication, Minor in Marketing, Southern Illinois University, 1998
  • MS in Computer Information Studies (in progress), Northwestern University
Susan Olson

Olson, Susan

Assistant Dean, Student Affairs

Coordinator of Student Programs

Adviser, Human Development and Psychological Services


  • MA, College Student Personnel, University of Maryland - College Park
  • AB, Albion College, Speech Communication
Carmen Robinson

Robinson, Carmen

Research Coordinator, Sponsored Programs


Laura Salus

Salus, Laura

Executive Assistant to the Dean


  • BA, English, Pace University
  • MS, Teaching, Pace University
  • MA, Literature, Northwestern University
Victoria Swaney

Swaney, Victoria

Program Assistant, School of Education and Social Policy


  • BA, Marketing, Focus on Nonprofit Public Relations, Columbia College Chicago, 2012