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School of Liberal Arts

Meet the Associate Deans

  • Deborah

    Burns, Ph.D.

    Associate Dean and Associate Professor

    Dr. Burns earned her Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island. She has been a faculty member at Merrimack College for twenty years and is currently serving as the Associate Dean of The School of Liberal Arts. Her scholarship focuses on Writing Center theory and practice, and her co-authored article with Linda Shamoon has been republished in a number of anthologies and has been cited in many articles and papers. Her articles have been published in Writing Center Journal, Perspectives on Plagiarism and Intellectual Property in a Postmodern World, The Politics of Writing Centers, The Writing Lab Newsletter, and Writing in The Center. Dr. Burns has presented papers at the annual Conference on College Composition and Communication and at regional and national conferences. Her current research focuses on the writing of missionary women of the 19th and 20th centuries. Dr. Burns was Chair of the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences and past President of the Faculty Senate.

    Deborah Burns, Ph.D.
    978-837-5358
    Email: burnsd@merrimack.edu
  • 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.
    978.837.5265
    Email: cowartm@merrimack.edu