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School of Liberal Arts

Meet the Associate Deans

  • Monica

    Cowart, Ph.D.

    Associate Dean and Professor

    Dr. Monica Cowart earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and specializes in philosophy of psychology, mind and cognitive science. Dr. Cowart earned her clinical degree from Lesley University and is licensed as a mental health counselor in Massachusetts. She also has a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Georgia. Her clinical, philosophical, and social justice interests intersect in a research program that focuses upon using the theoretical applications of embodied cognition to inform the creation of just laws and effective clinical interventions for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. 

    Dr. Cowart currently serves as Associate Dean of the School of Liberal Arts. She prioritizes collaborating with faculty to create new initiatives, such as the M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and multiple new Interdisciplinary programs. Dr. Cowart previously chaired the Philosophy Department for over six years and has been a member of the Merrimack faculty since 2000, during which she was awarded a CETL Fellowship and multiple research grants. Dr. Cowart currently is serving her second term on the Board of Directors of Jane Doe, Inc., the Massachusetts coalition to end sexual assault and domestic violence.

    Monica Cowart, Ph.D.
  • Mark

    Allman, Ph.D.

    Associate Dean and Professor

    Dr. Mark Allman earned his Ph.D. in Theology from Loyola University of Chicago. His areas of specialization include social ethics, Catholic social thought, political theology, war and peace studies, and political economy. Dr. Allman has published three books and numerous articles in academic and popular journals. His first book, Who Would Jesus Kill? War, Peace and the Christian Tradition won the College Theology Society Book of the Year Award (2008). He is currently working on a book addressing contemporary challenges to Just War Theory.  In 2011 he was named the Merrimack College Edward J. Roddy Jr. Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Dr. Allman has served on the Executive Committee and Program Committee for the Society of Christian Ethics and co-edited the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics (2012-2017). He served on the Board of Directors for the College Theology Society (2010-2013).

    Dr. Allman was chair of the Department of Religious and Theological Studies, has served on numerous college-wide committees and is currently a faculty associate in the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations. As Associate Dean of the School of Liberal Arts, Dr. Allman focuses on the Liberal Studies Core Curriculum, first year experience, retention and enrollment, and inter-department initiatives.

    Mark Allman, Ph.D.