Academic Advisors

Academic Advisors

Dean of Students Dr. Tom Harford

Tom Harford
Dean of Students
th2207@columbia.edu

Appointments: For an appointment, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 212-854-2881.

Dean Harford holds a doctorate in medieval English literature from the CUNY Graduate Center and has more than 20 years of experience in multiple areas of higher education, including student retention and advising, academic support and learning initiatives, enrollment management, academic program design and development, and teaching. Before joining GS in 2012, he held various deanships at the Columbia University School of Professional Studies. Prior to joining Columbia University, Harford held senior administrative positions in academic and student affairs at the City College of New York, where he also taught in the English and History departments.

In addition to serving as Dean of Students, Dean Harford teaches in Columbia’s Core Curriculum as a Lecturer in English and Comparative Literature.

Ivonne Rojas
Senior Associate Dean of Students
inr2101@columbia.edu

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Dean Rojas joined Columbia University in 2007, working in development at the Business School. Before joining the GS Dean of Students Office, she spent more than three years as part of the admissions team, traveling to community colleges across the country to attend transfer fairs and host information sessions for nontraditional undergraduates. As part of the admissions committee, she evaluated applications and assessed transfer credit for incoming students. She earned a B.A. in psychology from Brown University and an M.A. in American studies from Columbia University.

Senior Assistant Dean of Academic Advising Vanessa Karahalios

Vanessa Karahalios
Associate Dean of Students
vk2104@columbia.edu

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Dean Karahalios joined GS in 2002. In addition to her regular advising responsibilities, Dean Karahalios oversees the study abroad appeals process for the School of General Studies and collaborates with senior staff in academic affairs on matters related to academic policy and advising.  Prior to GS, Dean Karahalios held positions as faculty advisor and assistant dean at the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia. An award-winning teacher in Classics, she has taught courses on strategies for academic success, Latin, and ancient and modern Greek. She holds a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.A. from the University of Virginia.

Sara Remedios
Associate Dean of Students
sar2213@columbia.edu

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Dean Remedios directs the the Academic Resource Center in addition to overseeing the Dean of Student Office's academic and learning initiatives. Prior to joining GS, she worked to restructure the CUNY Pipeline Honors Program, a program dedicated to assisting exceptional undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds in gaining admission to doctoral programs. She is also an accomplished teacher. Dean Remedios holds a B.A. in English and political science from Washington University in St. Louis (2009), an M.Phil. in English literature from the City University of New York (2014), and a Ph.D. in English literature from the City University of New York (2016).

Senior Assistant Dean David Keefe

David Keefe
Senior Assistant Dean of Student Veteran Initiatives
dk2899@columbia.edu

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Dean Keefe is an award-winning artist, educator and administrator who joined GS in 2015. From 2001-2009, he served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, and from 2006-2007 he completed a tour of combat duty in Iraq as a riverine infantry scout. For the last four years he has directed the Combat Paper NJ Program (CPNJ) at the Printmaking Center of New Jersey, a community-building art program that brings veterans and non-veterans together to make paper and art out of military uniforms. For the last six years, Dean Keefe has been an Adjunct Professor of Art at Montclair State University where he developed and still teaches the Combat Paper for Veterans class, a course that uses the CPNJ model of storytelling and community building—the only class of its kind in the country. He holds an M.F.A. degree from Montclair State University and a B.F.A. degree from the University of Delaware.

Joshua Edwin

Joshua Edwin
Senior Assistant Dean of Students
je2224@columbia.edu

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Dean Edwin joined the GS Dean of Students Office in 2014. His role includes working in academic support programs, teaching University Studies, and advising on health and wellness issues. His teaching experience at Columbia includes creative writing workshops for veterans and GS sections of University Writing, as well as consulting in the Writing Center. He has published widely as a poet, translator, and reviewer. Dean Edwin holds a B.A. in English and creative writing from Emory University and an M.F.A. in poetry and literary translation from Columbia University's School of the Arts.

Joshua Edwin

Erica McGibbon
Senior Assistant Dean of Students
em3279@columbia.edu

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Dean McGibbon began her career in international education in 2007 as a curriculum developer and consultant for the Ministry of Education of Thailand and teacher at The Prince Royal’s College. She would later expand that work to China in 2009 with the Crimson Cultural Exchange Foundation and Hong Kong University. In the U.S., she has held positions at the College Board as Assistant Director of Professional Development for SpringBoard programs and most recently at New York University (NYU) as Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, Global. At NYU she worked on behalf of the College of Arts & Science and Office of Global Programs to expand and refine the undergraduate study abroad curriculum across 13 study abroad sites and 2 portal campuses. Dean McGibbon joined Columbia University in 2017. In addition to student advising, her work at GS focuses on planning and policy for international programs associated with Dual BA and Joint BA Programs. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Princeton University and an Ed.M. in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University. 

Assistant Dean of Students Tiffany Decker

Tiffany Decker
Assistant Dean of Students
td2503@columbia.edu

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Dean Decker joined GS in 2015. Before coming to Columbia, Dean Decker worked at MIT, where she served as the Manager of Operations and Evaluation. In that role, she implemented a new student support initiative, increased underrepresented student enrollment in STEM programs, and was recognized by Harvard, the National Bureau of Economic Research, and Google for her pioneering research initiatives. Prior to entering higher education, Dean Decker taught high school English in New Jersey and worked as an event designer in San Francisco. She holds a B.A. in English and history from Agnes Scott College and an M.S.Ed. in higher education administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

Assistant Dean of Student Anthony Ferreria

Anthony Ferreria
Assistant Dean of Students
af2882@columbia.edu

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Dean Ferreria joined GS in 2015. He began his career as a primary school teacher with Teach for America before serving as an associate director for the College of Arts and Science Advising Office at NYU, where he advised undeclared students on academic matters and oversaw sophomore programming. In addition, he was the director of the Academic Achievement Program—an academic and leadership program for underrepresented students of color. Dean Ferreria most recently served as the associate director of the Career Development Center at NYU Abu Dhabi, where he created its pre-professional advising program. He holds a B.A. in black studies from UC-Santa Barbara; an M.S. in teaching from Pace University; an M.S. in management and an M.A. in Africana studies from NYU. He is currently pursuing an Ed.D. at Northeastern University.

Amber Griffiths
Assistant Dean of Students
ag2943@columbia.edu

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Dean Griffiths joined GS in 2016 and has a strong history with Columbia and GS. From 2009-2010 she worked as a Financial Aid Counselor with Student Financial Services, providing counseling and guidance to new and continuing students on federal financial aid programs. After this position, Dean Griffiths was named Columbia's first Manager of Military and Veterans Affairs in 2010, which she worked as until 2014. Most recently, she was the Director of the Veteran Crisis and Suicide Prevention Program with Services for the Underserved. In her current role at GS, in addition to advising students, she coordinates academic and learning initiatives for the Academic Resource Center (ARC). Dean Griffiths completed her B.A. at California State University Northridge, and her L-MSW with Columbia's School of Social Work in May 2015.

Kate Strzalkowski
Assistant Dean of Students
ks3231@columbia.edu

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Dean Strzalkowski joined GS in 2016. Before coming to GS, she spent two years with the Office of Student Affairs at the Columbia Business School, working as a member of the academic team. At GS, Dean Strzalkowski serves as the study abroad advisor for Columbia-administered programs and as the liaison to the Office of Global Programs and the SEE-U program. She also assists with developing programming to support the international student community at GS. Dean Strzalkowski completed her B.A. in history at the University of Michigan, where she was a member of the varsity rowing team. She also holds an MSt in Modern British and European History from Oxford University and an M.Ed. in college student affairs from Rutgers University.

Assistant Dean Glenn Novarr

Glenn Novarr
Senior Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs
gn2206@columbia.edu

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Dean Novarr joined GS in 2009. As a mentor to fellowship candidates and Postbac Premed students, he helps students assess the meaning of their lives trajectories, identify their long-term goals, and express their intellectual interests in comprehensible and appealing ways. He also assists in managing the academic honors and prizes awarded by the college. He holds degrees in English literature, law, and political philosophy and has fifteen years of experience as an educator.

Premedical Advisors

Andrew Sunshine

Andrew Sunshine
Director of the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program and Associate Dean of Students
als55@columbia.edu

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Dean Andrew Sunshine advises Postbac and undergraduate premedical, preveterinary, and predental students. In addition to his advising responsibilities, he is the Postbac Premed Program liaison for veterinary medicine, MD/PhD programs, and international students, and coordinates the linkage programs.

Prior to joining the Postbac Premed Program, he was an assistant dean of students at Columbia College and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science.

Dean Sunshine earned his A.B. from Columbia College and his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at Columbia University.

Brian (Mike) Allen
Senior Assistant Dean Students
Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program
bma2127@columbia.edu

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Dean Allen advises Postbac and undergraduate premedical, preveterinary, and predental students, as well as co-directs the Academic Resource Center (ARC). Prior to joining the Postbac Premed Program, he served as an advisor for students who were interested in careers in science. He earned a B.S. in computer science and an M.S. in college student personnel and administration from the University of Central Arkansas.

Limary Carrasquillo
Assistant Dean of Students
Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program
lc2009@columbia.edu

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Dean Carrasquillo advises Postbac and undergraduate premedical, preveterinary, and predental students. Prior to joining the Postbac Premed Program, she served as an academic advisor for undergraduate and graduate students at New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies. She earned a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.A. in student personnel administration in higher education from Teachers College, Columbia University


Administrative Personnel

Larry Johnson
Administrative Assistant
lj56@columbia.edu

Larry has been with Columbia University for 20 years and with the Dean of Students Office at GS for 13 years. He has completed studies at the Chubb Institute in Network Security, and is currently a a student at SUNY Empire State College working on his B.A. in history. He is also President of the Black Male Initiative (BMI) student group where he helped start a scholarship that is now fully endowed.

Stephanie Montero
Administrative Coordinator
sm4278@columbia.edu

Stephanie joined GS in 2016. Before coming to GS, Stephanie worked in the Office of Community Outreach & Service Learning and the Office of Student Government at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Most recently, she worked at Marymount Manhattan College, where she served as liaison between administrators, adjunct instructors, full-time faculty, students, and parents. Stephanie holds a B.A. in political science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and is currently completing an MSEd in higher education administration at the Baruch College School of Public Affairs.