Academic Affairs

Michaele Whelan, Chief Academic Officer

The Chief Academic Officer (CAO) for Emerson College, Michaele Whelan, provides leadership for academic planning, program development at the undergraduate and graduate levels, assessment, advancement of scholarship, research and creative work, excellence in teaching, global engagement initiatives, and academic innovation including online learning. Responsible for advocating for and supporting faculty, the CAO ensures the academic rigor of the learning experiences at Emerson.

The principal areas of her responsibilities are:

  1. the College’s academic programs, budget, and space including those located in the School of the Arts, School of Communication, the Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, the Graduate School
  2. the Iwasaki Library
  3. the Department of Professional Studies and Special Programs
  4. the Office of Internationalization and Global Engagement including the Department of External Programs and Study Abroad, the Castle Well semester-abroad program, and International Student Services
  5. Registrar
  7. the Office of Research and Creative Scholarship
  8. Institutional Research
  9. Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, and Academic Advising.

Michaele Whelan has a B.A., Summa Cum Laude, from Cornell University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Harvard University. A humanist with over twenty years of experience in higher education, first in academic and then administrative roles, she has worked with school deans, faculty, students, staff and trustees to shape an academic vision and academic priorities for Brandeis University and Tufts University. She has taught in English departments and programs in American Studies and Women’s Studies at The Pennsylvania State University, Harvard University, Tufts and Brandeis. Her area of expertise is modern and postmodern American literature with a focus on gendered narratology. She is the recipient of teaching awards, has published in her field, and is a member of the academic honor societies Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi.


About Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs oversees all academic-related activities. It is responsible for academic policies and procedures, accreditation, strategic planning, assessment of student learning, faculty development, program reviews, and 22 academic departments and student support offices including two schools, seven academic departments, and ten graduate programs.

Food For Thought

Connect with your professor outside the classroom!

The Food for Thought Program provides undergraduate students an opportunity to discuss class work, career aspirations, or just learn more about your faculty mentors.

Even without a meal plan. Each Semester, students can take one faculty member to a meal for free. Simply swipe your card to pay for the meal and bring a meal ticket for the faculty member.

This option is available in the Little Building dining hall. You receive two meals (you and your faculty guest) for this program a semester.

Regardless of whether you have a meal plan, two additional meals will available to you and accessible through your student ID. When you bring a faculty member to lunch, you’ll swipe your ID twice and then the faculty swipes their ID as well.

Please download this flyer for an invitation and conversation starters.