Dean - University College
Joseph Auner, Austin Fletcher Professor of Music, is the founding Dean of University College since 2018. As Dean he leads the University College team in exploring what is possible when the unique constellation of schools at Tufts works together in innovative ways to reach new student populations at every stage of life and career. At Tufts he has also served as Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of Arts and Sciences and Chair of the Department of Music. Prior to coming to Tufts in 2006 he was Associate Provost at Stony Brook University.
His honors and awards include fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung and the J. Paul Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, the Tufts Distinguished Scholar Award, and an Honorary Doctorate from his alma mater The Colorado College; his Ph.D is from the University of Chicago. He has served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Musicological Society and Vice-President of the American Musicological Society. His research and teaching include Schoenberg and the Second Viennese School, Weimar Berlin, music and technologies, and sound studies. Recent publications include, “Learning from Contemporary Music,” “Schoenberg as Sound Student: Pierrot’s Klang,” “The Stopped Clock: Tape Loops, Synthesizers, and the Transfiguration of Harmony,” “Reich on Tape: The Performance of Violin Phase,” “Wanted Dead and Alive: Historical Performance Practice and Electro-Acoustic Music from Abbey Road to IRCAM,” and a Spanish translation of his Music in the 20th- and 21st Centuries Vol. 6. Western Music in Context: A Norton History. At Tufts and Stony Brook, he has supervised nearly two dozen MA Theses and Ph.D. Dissertations. View his faculty profile.
Associate Dean - University College
Jessica Bates joined University College as the Associate Dean in 2021. Jessica’s responsibilities include overseeing academic and student affairs for all of UC’s year-round offerings and leading the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice efforts for the college. She works closely with the program directors and UC Faculty to provide academic oversight, including curricular design, admissions decisions, faculty and instructional hiring, and student affairs issues.
Before joining Tufts, Jessica comes to us from Northeastern University, where she was Senior Director for Academic Support and Student Services. In this role, she built a student services infrastructure across the NU campus network and was a key leader in the launch of two Canadian campuses. Previously, Jessica held the role of the Director of the University Honors Program at Saint Louis University, including oversight of academic planning, admissions, and assessment. Jessica earned a Ph.D. in Education Administration from Saint Louis University with a dissertation on the needs of nontraditional adult learners in college-level writing courses.
Deputy Executive Associate Dean - University College
Krissy joined University College in January 2022 after more than six years as Director of Business Operations at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. As the UC Deputy Executive Associate Dean, Krissy leads school-wide operational functions and services. She serves in both consultative and operational roles and is responsible for developing and executing projects, strategies, and programs that help manage and run UC and its programs effectively as well as overseeing day-to-day operations, including providing strategic advice to the dean and standing in for the dean where necessary.
Before joining Tufts, Krissy spent seven years at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in roles focused on strategic projects that spanned the school’s administration, improved operations, and increased efficiency. Krissy earned her Master of Liberal Arts at the Harvard Extension School and her Bachelor of Science in Information Design and Corporate Communication from Bentley College. In her free time, Krissy enjoys visiting the US National Parks and the NH White Mountains.
Director, Pre-College Programs - University College
Arianna Wilson joined University College as the Director of Pre-College Programs in October of 2019, after spending over a decade in K-12 public education. She leads the college’s efforts developing and implementing the strategy for Pre-College programs, with a goal to introduce students to new fields of interest and study while giving them the opportunity to sample the college experience. Using her extensive experience directing Expanded Learning Time programs in Boston Public Schools and Melrose Public Schools, Arianna hopes to expand the reach of Tufts Pre-College Programs to span the Pre-K-12 pipeline, and offer access to disadvantaged students who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to attend.
Outside of her work at Tufts, Arianna is the Executive Director of Alex's Team Foundation, a Boston-based charity organization that supports the fight against childhood cancer. She holds a Master's degree in Education from Smith College and graduated from Amherst College with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Psychology. Arianna lives in Watertown with her husband Ryan, and their children, Chase Alexandra and Tucker.
Director, Professional and Custom Education – University College
Rebekah Plotkin joined University College as the Director of Professional and Custom Education in early 2021. Rebekah is responsible for professional education programming such as Courses at Tufts, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), custom programming, as well as developing new programming for adult learners across Tufts University. Rebekah joined Tufts University in 2017 as the Associate Director at the Gordon Institute and in that role, managed and developed graduate degree programs for working professionals and aspiring leaders in STEM fields.
Before joining Tufts, Rebekah spent 10+ years in international development, focused on economic development. She was a Vice President at Grassroots Business Fund, an impact investment fund focused on supporting high growth businesses through access to capital and management training. At Grassroots, Rebekah led operations, including a global expansion, donor-backed capacity development programming for portfolio companies, and strategic initiatives. Rebekah earned an M.B.A from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in International Studies from American University.
Director, Marketing - University College
Tara Pope joined University College, as the Director of Marketing in September of 2019, after spending almost 20 years in the digital marketing and technology space. Tara currently oversees all marketing efforts for University College, including Pre-College Programs, Professional and Continuing Education, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Tufts. As a pioneer in the digital marketing industry, she continuously applies her early learnings from working in a combination of both startup and more established brands, to her role here at Tufts, University College.
In the past Tara’s experience has been a combination of agency and brand-side of consumer marketing, including industries like pharmaceutical, ecommerce, and financial marketing. Tara's past experiences at companies like, Arnold Worldwide, e-Dialog (now a part of eBay), Rue La La, Sallie Mae and Upromise, have given her a wealth of marketing knowledge in many different industries which have helped her prepare for this diverse role at Tufts, Tara is responsible for both the acquisition of new students and families, as well as the retention of past students to University College's portfolio of courses, programs, and certificates for students at any stage of their academic career. In addition Tara works closely with many team across the University to support matriculated Tufts students as well, during the Summer and Winter terms. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing with a minor in English from Merrimack College in North Andover, MA. When Tara is not working at Tufts, she lives in Melrose with her husband Geoff and son, Nolan. She is active in community fundraising and supports event & marketing for some area charities close to her heart as well.