“There is something to be learned in everything.”
Adrienne Maslin, dean of students at Middlesex Community College, has worked in administrative roles at colleges and universities throughout the country and is convinced that there is a life lesson in every experience and interaction we have. Even a seemingly trivial event – such as talking to a fellow student or being kind to a stranger – has value that makes us better people, students, and friends. As a lifelong “student” of anthropology, she is impressed that she sees this truth continuously as she traveled from coast to coast, campus to campus.
Her role at MxCC has given her the chance to encourage students to look for these learning opportunities as they pursue their degrees, overcome their own challenges, and follow their dreams. As dean of students, her overriding charge is to develop and manage programs and services that help students achieve their educational goals. Along the way, she is able to engage in discussions, helping to reinforce the positive aspects of every experience (even negative ones).
Dean Maslin loves the daily interaction with the diverse student body at MxCC, as well as the flexibility the College provides her in meeting their needs. She recognizes that many of the students juggle countless “real-world” issues that can affect their academic performance, and she enjoys helping them navigate those issues to meet their personal and professional goals.
In addition to working directly with students, Dean Maslin supervises several key MxCC offices: Admissions, Records, the Counseling Center, Student Activities, Financial Aid, Academic Advising, and the MxCC Preschool. She also works with the director of Academic Support Services to supervise the College Learning Center, the Reading/Writing Lab, and Disability Support Specialist.
She is a member of the MxCC president’s leadership and management teams, and serves on the system-wide Deans of Students’ Council. Additionally, Dean Maslin represents MxCC on the board of directors of the Middlesex Coalition for Children and is MxCC’s accreditation liaison to the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Her first role at MxCC was as associate dean of learning and student development, taking on the management, planning, coordination, supervision and evaluation of programs, activities, and personnel for academic affairs and student services. From there, she served as interim dean of students and interim dean of academic affairs, giving her a unique overview of many key areas of the college.
Prior to joining MxCC, Dean Maslin held different positions at colleges throughout the country. She served as acting dean of academic affairs at Asnuntuck Community College, where she focused on assuring the quality of teaching and academic programs. She was assistant dean at The Hartt School, a performing arts conservatory at the University of Hartford, and was director of special personnel projects for the Office of Faculty and Staff Relations at City University of New York. She worked as executive assistant to the president at Baruch College, and was director of affirmative action at Bloomsburg University. She was the assistant to the vice chancellor for personnel administration at the Oregon State System of Higher Education, was an admissions counselor at Oberlin College, and was an academic and general guidance counselor for nontraditional students in Boston University’s Continuing Education Division.
She also was an adjunct assistant professor at Baruch College, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, where she taught “Learning in a Cross-Cultural Context,” a course she developed to combine her love of anthropology and education.
Throughout her career, she has served on many different committees including advisory, leadership, curriculum, assessment and accreditation. She has published several articles for the Educational Record and the Journal of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors, and has delivered many presentations on a wide variety of educational topics.
Off campus, Dean Maslin enjoys skiing, running (she is a middle-of-the-pack two-time New York City Marathon runner), reading, traveling, and playing guitar (or at least learning to play guitar). She also served as parent representative for the Hartford Magnet Middle School Governance Council, and was an athlete escort for the Special Olympics of Connecticut (alpine skiing events).