About the Dean
Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Kerry Thompson assumed his new role July 1, 2016.
Previously an associate professor of biology for 11 years at Occidental, Thompson received his bachelor’s, master’s (in psychology) and doctorate (in neuroscience) at UCLA. His research focuses on the use of engineered cell lines and stem cells to treat epilepsy using a rodent model. He has published articles in Neuroscience, Epilepsia, Experimental Neurology and Brain Research.
This summer he also assumed the co-directorship of the Multicultural Summer Institute on campus. He also has worked as a research biologist at the VA Medical Center for the last 15 years.
As interim dean, Thompson’s goals include building community, supporting department chairs and management, streamlining College procedures, and creating bridges between faculty and staff.
“On an emotional level, anything and everything I can do to build community, I will do,” the Oakland native says. “Structurally, everything I can do to support the chairs and the mid-level managers, I will do. I’m going to do the best I can for this College.”
Thompson has appointed a new team of associate deans: chemistry professor Eileen Spain is the new AD for research/divisional dean of the sciences; theater professor Susan Gratch has been appointed AD for curriculum and academic support/divisional dean of the arts and humanities; and cognitive science professor Carolyn Brighouse is the new AD for Core curriculum and student issues/divisional dean of the social sciences.
“We are a team,” he says. “I want to be both a great team member and an effective team leader.”
- Executive Assistant: Carolyn Adams
- Phone: (323) 259-2908
- Office: AGC, 3rd floor