Meet the Staff
Dean of the College
Maureen Mahoney received her doctorate in developmental psychology from Cornell University and began teaching at Hampshire College in 1976. Her research has focused on women’s experiences, including social support networks and the experience of mothering, and the problem of silence in feminist psychology.
Dean of Religious Life
Jennifer Walters completed a doctorate in ministry at the Episcopal Divinity School and a master’s in philosophy (ethics) at Michigan State. She was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church in 1994 and remains active as a priest whose primary vocation is to ask questions rather than to give answers. Walters became Smith College’s first dean of religious life in 2001. As dean of religious life, she has encouraged inter-religious learning, ethical reflection and analysis, cross-cultural conversation and community service.
Director, Wurtele Center for Work & Life
Jess Bacal joined the Women’s Narratives Project in 2006. Bacal received an MS.Ed. from Bank Street College of Education and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Hunter College. She taught for seven years in New York City and was a writer and educational consultant for The New York Times Learning Network, Scholastic and MacMillan/McGraw-Hill. Her stories and essays have appeared in Sou’wester, The Crab Creek Review, Amoskeag, The Daily Hampshire Gazette and Brain, Child Magazine.
Program Administrator, Dean of the College Office
Among other things, Sue Briggs manages or directs the special programs that are run through the office. Previously, Briggs worked in development at another college, researching government funding opportunities for the college and assisting new faculty with framing and writing grant applications. When her daughter was young and until she started school, Briggs worked at the Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education as a long-term substitute in the infant room, preschool and kindergarten.