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Provost Michaele Whelan

From provost to president: Michaele Whelan departs Emerson to lead Wheaton College

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
November 4, 2021

The 14th floor office designated for the Vice President and Provost of Academic Affairs will soon be have a new tenant as Michaele Whelan prepares to depart the college, saying goodbye to friends made...

Director of Student Leadership Jason Meier

SEAL Director Jason Meier to leave college in November

By Bailey Allen, Editor-at-Large
October 20, 2021

Director of Student Engagement and Leadership Jason Meier will leave Emerson in November to take up a position at Harvard College after nearly a decade at the college. Meier announced his departure...

Jan Roberts-Breslin

Graduate dean tapped for provost job

By Camilo Fonseca, Editor-at-Large
September 23, 2021

Jan Roberts-Breslin, dean of graduate and professional studies, will take up the role of provost and vice president of academic affairs on an interim basis beginning in November, according to a Wednesday...

Provost Michaele Whelan

Provost Michaele Whelan set to leave college in November

By Charlie McKenna
September 9, 2021

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michaele Whelan will depart Emerson this fall to become the president of Wheaton College in Norton, MA, marking the latest in a series of high profile...

Cheryl Owsley Jackson speaking to the staff of The Harvard Crimson in 2019.

Cheryl Owsley-Jackson to leave Emerson after “less rewarding” experiences

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
July 26, 2021

Senior Journalist-in-Residence Cheryl Owsley-Jackson will not be returning to Emerson in the fall, and will instead take up a position at Indiana University, her alma mater. Her departure, announced...

Ansin Building of Emerson College

College rejects graduate students’ petition to reverse class schedule changes

By Alec Klusza, Assistant News Editor
January 18, 2021

The college rejected a petition signed by 15 Writing, Literature, and Publishing graduate students to reverse academic scheduling changes planned for the spring semester. The students said the changes...

The colleges choice to extend the fall semester grading period was met with mixed reactions from professors

Extra grading time draws mixed reaction from professors

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
December 6, 2020

The college extended the grading period for professors by 10 days following the end of the semester on Dec. 9 in an effort to accommodate the extenuating circumstances of the pandemic.  The 12-day...

The colleges choice to extend the fall semester grading period was met with mixed reactions from professors

COVID-19 forces some professors to consider pausing five-year path to tenure

By Camilo Fonseca, Editor-at-Large
November 18, 2020

With professional timelines thrown into disarray by the pressures of the pandemic, some Emerson faculty are weighing whether or not to “stop-the-clock” on their paths to tenure. Due to various roadblocks...

The colleges choice to extend the fall semester grading period was met with mixed reactions from professors

Admin will not offer pass/fail option for fall classes

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
November 12, 2020

Emerson administrators do not plan to institute a pass/fail option for classes this semester as they did in the spring to accommodate students struggling with the effects of COVID-19. The pass/fail...

College extends hybrid learning through spring semester amid pandemic

College extends hybrid learning through spring semester amid pandemic

By Domenic Conte, Sports Columnist
September 24, 2020

Emerson confirmed plans to continue its use of the hybrid learning model instituted this fall in the spring, in an email sent to students Thursday morning. “Given the current state of the global pandemic,...

A faculty assembly meeting in January.

Faculty addresses concerns over spring semester schedule, testing regulation

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
September 23, 2020

Professors criticized the administration’s proposed calendar for the spring semester, as well as its COVID-19 data reporting process, during a Faculty Assembly meeting Tuesday afternoon. The complaints...

President M. Lee Pelton and Chief Financial Officer Paul Dworkis announced a 10 percent reduction to executive leadership salaries amongst other financial cuts to help mitigate the colleges projected losses related to COVID-19, in a virtual faculty forum on Thursday.

Administration plans initial round of up to $26 million in budget cuts

By Domenic Conte, Sports Columnist
June 29, 2020

Administrators introduced a series of cuts to executive leadership salaries and other expenditures totaling at least $26 million at a faculty forum Thursday, in an effort to mitigate the college's impending...

Faculty vote to support pass/fail policy for undergraduate students

Faculty vote to support pass/fail policy for undergraduate students

By Parker Purifoy, Emerson '21
March 31, 2020

Faculty Assembly overwhelmingly voted to support a policy that will give undergraduate students a pass/fail option for their classes during their meeting Tuesday.  The policy lets students choose the...

Faculty Assembly to consider pass/fail option for students

Faculty Assembly to consider pass/fail option for students

By Parker Purifoy, Emerson '21
March 31, 2020

Faculty will consider a new policy that would allow undergraduate students to choose a pass/fail option for their classes during Tuesday’s Faculty Assembly meeting. The policy allows students to choose...

Performing Arts Chair Robert Colby talks about kindness

Performing Arts Chair Robert Colby talks about kindness

By Melissa Rosales, Podcast Producer
February 3, 2020

In this week’s episode of The Beacon, we talk about kindness with producer Melissa Rosales and Performing Arts Chair Robert Colby. The Spirit of Emerson Committee’s 2020 kindness award was named after...

Affiliated Faculty Union President Barry Marshall whispers to Emerson Colleges President of the American Association of University Professors Gian Lombardo during Thursdays faculty council meeting.

Union leaders appeal for representation in Emerson-Marlboro merger talks

By Parker Purifoy, Emerson '21
December 14, 2019
Tempers flared at Thursday’s faculty council meeting when union leaders demanded representation in Marlboro-Emerson merger talks.
President M. Lee Pelton arrived on Marlboros campus at 11:30 a.m. this morning accompanied by several other high level administration officials. Rachel Lo / Beacon Staff

Pelton arrives on Marlboro campus

By Jacob Seitz, Staff Writer
November 20, 2019

This is an ongoing story. Check back later for updates Emerson College President M. Lee Pelton arrived on the Marlboro College campus Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. for his first visit since the Boston institution...

Marlboro College and Emerson College both formed five working groups to hammer out details of the planned merger—two of these will focus on the future of Marlboros campus. Jakob Menendez / Beacon Staff

Marlboro and Emerson establish respective working groups to proceed with merger

By Tomas Gonzalez, Staff Writer/Photographer
November 14, 2019

Ten working groups, five from Emerson and five from Marlboro, will work to hammer out the details of a merger between the two institutions over the next four months. President M. Lee Pelton said the...

Beacon Archives

College focuses on faculty hires over department budget increases

By Hanna Marchesseault
April 17, 2019

The college’s departmental operating budget has not increased in the last seven years, President M. Lee Pelton said in an interview after the Student Forum on Finance on April 10. The money in the...

Director of Intercultural Student Affairs Tamia Jordan handles name and gender changes on file for students. Beacon Archives

College lacks official classroom pronoun procedure

By Xinyi Xu and Tomas Gonzalez
February 21, 2019

The college does not have an official procedure for teachers to review students’ pronouns in class, but the Intercultural Student Affairs Office recommends it, according to a college official. The...

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