Dr. Evelyn Harrell Dr. Rebecca Chaisson
Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) has appointed Dr. Evelyn B. Harrell as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences; and Dr. Rebecca A. Chaisson as dean of the School of Social Work.
Dr. Harrell, who also serves as director of SUNO’s Addictive Behaviors Counseling and Prevention Program, had served as interim dean of Arts & Sciences since July 2016. She is replacing Dr. Lisa Mims-Devezin, who is now SUNO’s chancellor.
A full professor, licensed clinical social worker and a licensed addictions counselor, Dr. Harrell began working at SUNO in 1990 as an assistant professor in the Substance Abuse Program. After a brief stint in the Tulane University School of Social Work, she returned to SUNO as an assistant professor/director in 2003. She was promoted to associate professor/director in 2008 and became a full professor in 2016. Among her many accomplishments at SUNO, Dr. Harrell restructured the University’s Substance Abuse Counseling Program to create the current Addictive Behaviors Counseling and Prevention Program. She continues to teach several undergraduate courses in the Addictive Behaviors Counseling and Prevention Program. In her new role as dean, she will lead three chairpersons, four directors, 60 faculty members and 12 academic programs/disciplines.
Dr. Harrell graduated from SUNO in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She has an MSW and a doctorate from Tulane University School of Social Work.
Dr. Chaisson, who replaces retired dean Beverly C. Favre and retired interim dean Ronald Mancoske, began working at SUNO as an assistant professor and coordinator in the Substance Abuse Program from 1992-1999. After working at Louisiana State University and Tulane University, she returned to SUNO as an assistant professor in the School of Social Work. She was promoted to associate professor in 2015 and became tenured in July 2016. She teaches Social Work courses across the curriculum and is interested in the intersection of media tools, technology and Social Work practice from a social justice and equity lens.
A license clinical social worker, Dr. Chaisson has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana, and an MSW and a doctorate degree from the Tulane University School of Social Work.
“Both Dr. Harrell and Dr. Chaisson have been strong, effective leaders at Southern University at New Orleans for many years,” Chancellor Mims-Devezin said. “In their new positions, I am confident that they will continue to serve our students and faculty as well as lift their divisions to new heights.”