Directory

Edward (Rocky) Kolb

Dean

773-702-7950

Dean Kolb is the chief academic and executive officer for the Division of the Physical Sciences. Working with Department Chairs, Directors of the Research Institutes, and senior administrators, he is responsible for securing the budgetary, administrative, and laboratory infrastructure needed to maintain the highest standards of excellence for research and graduate education.

Dean Kolb is also the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor and former Chair for the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Edward (Rocky) Kolb

Steven Bandyk

Manager, PSD Computing

773-702-9349

Steven manages the PSD Computing Office, which provides IT services to the faculty, staff and students in the Physical Sciences Division. Steven also acts as a liaison to the IT staff working in PSD’s Departments and Institutes, University IT Services, and other groups on campus.

Steven Bandyk

Erin Biebuyck

Associate Director of Development

(773) 702-4508

Erin works with Director of Development, Bill Lynerd, Dean Kolb, and fundraisers in the University’s central Alumni Relations and Development office to cultivate support for the Physical Sciences Division from alumni and friends of the Division.


Sharon Bryant

Executive Assistant to the Dean

773-795-3665

Sharon assists Dean Kolb with all functions of the Dean’s Office. She is the Division’s search coordinator, processing appointments for faculty and other academic appointees. She manages the dean’s calendar, travel, and correspondence, and advises members of the Division on numerous policies and procedures. Sharon received her MA in the Humanities from the University of Chicago in 2009.


Emily Easton

Associate Dean of Students

773-702-9708

Emily manages the non-degree visiting student process, the divisional master’s program (MS-PSD), and support for students with disabilities. She also supports the student affairs staff in the Departments with admissions, recruitment efforts, and reporting. She manages the spring Diploma and Hooding Ceremony, divisional orientation, and other PSD-sponsored events.

Emily Easton

Michael Foote

Deputy Dean

(773) 702-4320

Michael Foote serves as liaison with undergraduate and master's programs in the Physical Sciences Division and selected other units of the University. He is a Professor in the Department of the Geophysical Sciences, where his research covers the geological history of animal life. He previously served as Master of the Physical Sciences Collegiate Division and as Chair of Geophysical Sciences.


Jessica Greenfield

Associate Dean for Administration

773-834-3257

Jessica oversees human resources, the academic appointment process and communications for the division and works with the senior personnel in the division to assure operations run optimally.


Michael Grosse

Associate Dean of Finance & Strategy

773-702-8291

With the help of senior personnel in the division, Mike oversees the divisional budget, IT desktop support, grants and contracts, core facilities, and lab safety.

Michael Grosse

Susan Hearth

Business Administrator

773-702-7953

Susan serves as the HRIS analyst and divisional liaison for Workday; oversees the division's postdoctoral scholar and fellow appointment process; manages academic appointment processes in Workday; manages the divisional website and social media communication efforts; and assists in office management of the Dean's office. 

Susan Hearth

Christopher Leather

Director, PSD Graphic Arts

773-702-3800

Chris directs the PSD Graphic Arts department, which is dedicated to serving faculty, staff and students with their graphic design and print needs. The full-service print center is located in The Crerar Library. His team of talented and experienced designers can accommodate almost any project.

Christopher Leather

Bill Lynerd

Director of Development

773.834.1960 Office | 216.262.3700 Mobile

Bill is working with Dean Kolb and his team, Department Chairs and others on major gift initiatives for the Division. He is working with  members of the PSD staff on key Development projects.  He can be reached at blynerd@uchicago.edu


Stephen Meyer

Deputy Dean

(773) 702-0097

Stephan Meyer coordinates the planning of research resources, core infrastructure, new facilities and new research space in the Division. He is the liaison to major capital projects in the division and oversees Research Laboratory Safety. He is a Professor in Astronomy and Astrophysics and in Physics and is a member of KICP and The Enrico Fermi Institute. 


Kimberly Mormann

Laboratory Safety Specialist

773-834-2127

Working closely with the Dean of PSD and the Director of IME, along with the Office of Research Safety, Kim has responsibility for managing and providing technical guidance, training, and risk analysis of the PSD and IME laboratory safety program to ensure a safe environment in which to facilitate research and the pursuit of academic excellence.

Kim photo

Jim Passolano

Director of Design and Construction and Divisional Safety Coordinator

773-702-7824

Jim coordinates the design, renovation, and construction of research facilities in the Division. Specific tasks include quality assurance, budget development, scheduling, requests for proposals (RFPs) assistance, and value engineering in the design and construction phase. Jim is also the liaison between the Division’s laboratories and Environmental Health and Safety on all laboratory safety-related issues.

Jim Passolano

Shirley Proby

Assistant Dean of Students

773-702-8789

Shirley serves as a resource to student affairs staff in the Division to resolve issues related to registration, the quarterly degree conferral (convocation) process, and student financial aid, including stipend and tuition assessment and payment. She also manages student reimbursements for the PSD Social Committee.

Shirley Proby

Ginger M. Schaedtler

Lab Safety Administrator

As Lab Safety Administrator, Ginger presents and updates the Combined Access Training Tracking System (CATTS). She works with principal investigators to ensure CATTS correctly reflects the unique set of courses for each lab. She also trains lab managers to use Assistant, the Chemical Inventory Control System.

Ginger Schaedtler

Michael Stein

Master in the College

773-702-8326

Michael Stein is Master of the Physical Sciences Collegiate Division, one of five divisions in the College. He serves as the representative for the Physical Sciences Division within the College with a particular responsibility for the physical and mathematical sciences components of the Core. Stein is a Professor in the Department of Statistics and works on applications of statistics in environmental science.

Michael Stein

Miranda Swanson

Dean of Students

773-702-8790

Miranda advises PSD graduate students on a wide range of issues including academic, financial, administrative, and personal matters. She also provides support to faculty and staff on all matters relating to student administration and welfare, including student conduct and crisis response. She serves at the University level on standing committees and advisory groups, and contributes to the ongoing development and evaluation of University-wide student policies, services, and systems.

Miranda Swanson

Hank Way

Financial Director, Local Business Center

773-834-8785

Hank directs the Local Business Center (LBC), which provides financial management of grants and contracts. The LBC is also the primary point of contact for a variety of financial and payroll transactions for departments and institutes in the Division.

Hank Way

Jennifer Woods

Director of Program Development & Special Projects

773-834-8810

Jennifer works with faculty to prepare grant proposals for their research and educational initiatives. She identifies and disseminates funding opportunities, provides writing and editing services, coordinates the development of complex proposals, and facilitates interactions with University research administration.

Jennifer Woods