ProDev Holiday Party!

Dear Colleagues,

The CAS Professional Development Committee is excited to host an end of year holiday party! You are cordially invited to join the celebration from 12:00-2:00pm on Thursday, December 14th at the GSU Terrace Lounge. There will be lots of yummy appetizers and festive drinks—you won’t want to miss it! We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of this year with everyone!

CAS Professional Development Committee

CAS Staff Mentorship Program

Dear Colleagues,

We are excited to announce the Spring 2024 CAS Professional Development Committee Staff Mentorship Program! Applications are open now through Monday, December 18th, 2023. Apply here:

In an effort to support the professional and personal growth of our staff, we have designed the mentorship program to foster a developmental relationship in which one staff member with demonstrated expertise in given areas serves as a guide for another staff member looking to develop in those areas. We hope participants will make positive connections among members of the College community and that both the mentee and the mentor learn from each other.

The program will run from January to June 2024, with a minimum ongoing commitment of a one-hour per month meeting (virtually or face-to face) with your mentor or mentee. Mentorship pairings will be based on the results of the application. The Committee will provide monthly conversation guides as starting points for your meetings. Mentorship is not one-size-fits-all and will look different for everyone; we hope mentor/mentee pairings will become thoughtful relationships that reflect the expertise and motivations of both participants.

In addition to the monthly mentor/mentee meetings, participants will attend a virtual orientation and an end-of-year wrap-up; the Committee will also conduct a mid-semester check-in. Participants will receive a budget to reimburse for out-of-pocket coffee expenses.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please reach out to us at

CAS Professional Development Committee

Professional Development Committee 2023-2024 Kickoff Retreat

On Thursday, August 17th, the 2023-2024 CAS Staff Professional Development Committee gathered at District Hall in Boston’s Seaport neighborhood to prepare for the coming year!  We spent time team building, reflecting on the College’s strategic plan, and planning programs for staff members across the College.

We look forward to continue to bring our ideas to life and connect with our fellow CAS staff in 2023-2024!

Pictured here from left to right: Maria Sousa (Archaeology), Richard Wong (Linguistics), Leah Gilchrist (Communications), Daryl Healea (Undergraduate Academic Programs), Aimee McCarron (American & New England Studies), Alison Currier (Undergraduate Academic Programs), Rachel Edwards (African & Black Diaspora Studies), Molly German (History), Liam Dingle (Political Science), Liz Burke (Business Office), Arthur Peterson (Faculty Actions),  Margaret Barch (Physics), Brendan Fraser (Political Science), Elise St. Esprit (Sociology), and Fred Earthrowl (Biology). Additional members also include Nico Quesada (Society of Fellows & Graduate Professional Development), Gina Halabi (Faculty Actions), and Sean Faeth (Information Technology).

Professional/Graduate Programs Panel for Staff: 5/3, 12:30-2:00pm

Dear Arts & Sciences colleagues,

The CAS Professional Development Committee is hosting a panel about professional/graduate programs for staff today, Wednesday May 3rd from 12:30pm to 2:00pm in KCB 106!

This panel will seek to inform CAS staff about various professional/graduate programs across the University.

Majella Dermody, Senior Service Center Manager at BU HR, will provide a brief presentation about the University’s Tuition Remission Benefit (how does it work? What are the tax implications?).

Following the presentation, a panel discussion will begin featuring the following staff members who are/were graduate students:

  1. Liz Burke, Financial Analyst (Metropolitan’s Applied Business Analytics certificate)
  2. Kelly Capri, Academic Advisor (Wheelock’s Higher Education Administration program)
  3. Anna Criscitiello, Graduate Services & Program Associate (Wheelock’s Counseling program)
  4. Rachel Edwards, Program Administrator for African American & Black Diaspora Studies (Questrom’s Professional Evening Business Administration program)
  5. Yumi Kim, Program Administrator for Neuroscience (School of Public Health’s Public Health program)
  6. Veronica Little, Department Administrator for Anthropology (Graduate School’s English & American Literature program)
  7. Olivia McCargar, Program Coordinator for Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (Metropolitan’s Computer Science program and certificate)
  8. Camryn McMurtry, Program Coordinator for Student Leadership Programs (Wheelock’s Higher Education Administration program)
  9. Julia Martorell, Undergraduate Academic Advisor for History (Metropolitan’s Arts Administration program)

There will be an audience Q&A to provide attendees the opportunity to ask any questions that they might have. Handouts on various graduate programs/contacts will also be provided.

We hope to see you there!
CAS Professional Development Committee

Lunch & Learn, Thurs., 3/30: 150th birthday of the College of Arts & Sciences

In March of 1873, the Boston University trustees took a leap of faith when they voted to establish a College of Liberal Arts (now College of Arts & Sciences).  Later that fall, a modest group of 22 men and women took a historic step in U.S. higher education when they gathered in an old Beacon Hill town house to study a blend of classical and modern subjects.  What they didn’t know then was that, 150 years later, a fledgling college would grow to a community of more than 10,00 undergraduate and graduate students, 900 faculty members, and 300 staff members, with nearly 50 departments and programs, and over 3,000 course offerings.

Please join us on at 12:00 noon on Thursday, March 30th in CAS 200 as
Assistant Dean Daryl Healea chronicles the early years of the College of Arts & Sciences and its remarkable, pioneering place in U.S. higher education.

CAS ProDev Committee Lunch and Learn Series: Spring 2023

The CAS Professional Development Committee is excited to announce a new professional development opportunity beginning in Spring 2023! The ProDev Lunch & Learn series encourages CAS staff to enjoy bi-monthly lunches together in CAS 200. Every other meeting will feature a rotating list of guest speakers who are fellow CAS employees (see list below).


CAS 200


12PM to 1PM, every other Thursday.

Who's speaking on what dates?

Presenter lunches

Bring your own lunch and listen to a CAS colleague speak about their career journey through higher education.

Stacey Ulrich
CAS Student Leadership Programs
  • Thursday, January 26th
Vincent Stephens
CAS Diversity & Inclusion
  • Thursday, February 23rd
Daryl Healea
Marking the 150th birthday of the College of Arts & Sciences
  • Thursday, March 30th
Erin Salius
Arts & Sciences Connector

  • Thursday, April 27th
Open lunches

Bring your own lunch and enjoy a meal with your CAS colleagues.
Select dates will be catered; keep an eye open for our email notices.

  • Thursday, January 19th
  • Thursday, February 9th
  • Thursday, March 16th
  • Thursday, April 13th

OD&L: Terrier eDevelopment (TeD) Resource

Please explore the Terrier eDevelopment (TeD) resource page for you to learn different skills for success.

According to BU's Organizational Development & Learning (OD&L), Terrier eDevelopment (TeD) is a web-based e-learning platform that allows BU staff and faculty to have instant access to online learning content, including courses, videos, e-books, audiobooks, and training documents. Registration for both virtual and in-person workshops can be found in TeD as well.

CAS Staff Appreciation Reception

As you know, the College is hosting its first in-person Staff Appreciation Reception in over two years on Monday, May 16th from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on BU Beach.

We’re very excited about the event.  There will be bountiful hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, lawn games, live jazz music, and some pretty cool raffle prizes.  All Chairs, Directors, and managers know of the event too and will support your attendance to it.  Moreover, we’ll be taking time out to honor the outstanding work of some of very own colleagues.  I hope you’ll be able to make it.  

You can RSVP to by this Monday, May 9th.

Additionally, you don’t have to show up to the event alone.  In fact, if you’d like to walk over to the event with a small group of fellow staff members then know that we’re organizing a few small pre-event, meet-up sites.

Just arrive to any of the following meet-up sites by 3:30 p.m.:

  • In front of The Castle (225 Bay State Road, corner of Granby Street)
  • In front of Warren Towers Starbucks (700 Commonwealth Avenue, corner of Hinsdale Mall)
  • In front of Marsh Chapel (735 Commonwealth Avenue)

We hope to see you there!

CAS Diversity & Inclsuion Action Team (DIAT)

We would like to share this opportunity with you regarding the CAS Diversity & Inclusion Action Team (DIAT).
The CAS Diversity & Inclusion Action Team (DIAT) is recruiting new members for 2022-2024. DIAT is a representative body featuring a mix of staff, students, and faculty and accepting applications through Sunday, May 1st. 
Please apply or nominate someone by Sunday, 5/1/2022: 
If you have any questions, please email:

D&I Between the Lines: Disability Allyship in CAS

We encourage you to attend the following program hosted by the CASDI Office.

D & I Between the Lines: Disability Allyship in CAS 

Monday, May 2nd, 1-2 pm  

CAS 502  

CASDI invites all CAS faculty and staff to attend a dynamic and informative workshop on Disability Allyship at CAS facilitated by the staff of BU Disability and Access Services.  

The presentation will address the following themes: 

    • How is disability defined and what are some of the more common forms?  
    • How does disability relate to social justice and advocacy?  
    • What are common challenges disabled people experience in higher education?  
    • What are proactive ways to create welcoming and inclusive environments and practices for disabled people?  


Registrants will also receive access to several supplementary resources to enrich their understanding of the topic!  

Please RSVP by Friday, April 29th 

This is an in-person presentation that will feature close captioning and be recorded.  We ask that all attendees adhere to all BU safety protocols.