The Dean of the College of Science reports to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and is the chief academic officer of the College of Science (COS). The main responsibilities of the Dean are:
- Shaping and driving the academic mission of the College of Science.
- Overseeing all the COS Academic Units.
- Overseeing all the undergraduate and graduate degree programs of the College.
- Overseeing all the research programs and research centers of the College.
- Hiring, supporting and maintaining strong faculty with superior teaching and scholarship achievements.
- Hiring, supporting and maintaining strong staff, research scientist, and postdoctoral fellows.
- All the Heads of the COS Academic Units report to the Dean of the College of Science.
- Overall supervision of the College of Science budgets.
- Increasing the diversity of the faculty and staff of the COS.
- Oversee and support the quality of faculty teaching and scholarship in support of student learning experiences.
- Oversee and support the College's facilities and quality of the academic programs.
Professional Interests, Experience and Expertise
Dr. Sophia Maggelakis was appointed Dean of the College of Science in May 2010. She holds a Ph.D. in Computational and Applied Mathematics from Old Dominion University and was elected among the Faculty for the 21st Century for the Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL); one of the leading advocates in the United States for what works in building and sustaining strong undergraduate programs in the STEM disciplines. Dean Maggelakis brings a commitment to collaboration and the enthusiasm and passion needed for making a difference. In her tenure at RIT, she contributed significantly to the mission of the College of Science and the Institute. She founded and led the School of Mathematical Sciences (SMS), one of the largest academic units of the College and RIT, and she is the founder of the Summer Mathematics Institute whose mission is to create collaboration opportunities with K-12 community and to be part of the national effort to develop mathematical sciences literate citizenry.
Dr. Maggelakis' research area is Mathematical Biology, specifically the mathematical modeling of biological mechanisms and processes, such as tumor growth, capillary growth, wound healing, and retinopathy. In this area, Dr. Maggelakis has published book chapters, refereed journal articles, and presented numerous papers at national and international conferences.
Dean Maggelakis is the founder of the Women in Science (WISe) program at RIT and serves as a mentor for the Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics Group of Rochester. She continues to give motivational talks about mathematics and its applications to various groups. Under her leadership, the College of Science has developed a national presence in discipline-based science education research, distinguished by an inter-departmental structure that encourages and facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration. This led to establishing the Center for Advancing Science/Math Teaching, Learning and Evaluation (CASTLE), which was founded in 2013. There are only a handful of such centers nationwide.
Dr. Maggelakis is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society, the Society for Mathematical Biology, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Rochester Museum and Science Center. She is recipient of the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching, Who's Who Among America's Teachers, and the 2016 Edwina Award for Excellent Work in Enhancing Gender Inclusiveness and Diversity. Dr. Maggelakis has led and implemented a program that revamped the delivery of the Science and Engineering calculus curriculum and increased student success rates.