Academic Affairs Administrator Bios

Joyce A. De Leo, Ph.D.
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Dr. Joyce A. De Leo received her B.S. in biology and chemistry from the State University of New York at Albany and her Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She did much of her pre-doctoral research at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Germany under a Fulbright scholarship investigating cerebral ischemia. She received her Ph.D. in 1988 and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University in the Department of Neuroscience and at Dartmouth Medical School in the Department of Anesthesiology. She was the Irene Heinz Given Professor of Pharmacology and Anesthesiology (2006-2011) and Chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology (2008-2011) at Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, N.H. She received the first annual Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award from Dartmouth in 2004. Dr. De Leo was instrumental in developing and directing the first Neuroscience Center at Dartmouth. She was the co-director of a Translational Neuroscience Postdoctoral Training Program.

Dr. De Leo serves on numerous NIH study sections, international grant review boards and editorial boards and has published over 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts, reviews and chapters. Dr. De Leo is an internationally renowned expert on the neuroimmunology of pain. She led an active federally and industrially funded research program during her 23 years at Dartmouth Medical School.

Dr. De Leo joined Emmanuel College in Boston, MA in August 2011 as the Vice President of Academic Affairs. She continues to teach and is involved in neuroimmunology research as a Professor of Biology at Emmanuel College.

Lisa Boehm, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean
Dr. Lisa Boehm joined the faculty and administration at Emmanuel College in January 2013. Before coming to Boston, she served as Interim Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Worcester State University, where she had previously been Director of the Commonwealth Honors Program, Professor of Urban Studies and Chair of the Urban Studies Department. She also taught history and women's studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Indiana University. She holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington; an M.A. from the University of Chicago; and a B.A. from Northwestern University.

Dr. Boehm greatly enjoys contributing to the dynamic learning community at Emmanuel College. It is her goal to foster communication between the faculty and the college administration. Every week throughout the school year, she sends "Notes from the Senior Associate Dean," to the faculty and meets with chairs and faculty in small groups and individually. She works with the faculty so they are positioned to succeed in their scholarly endeavors and to deliver the highest quality teaching for the students in our undergraduate and graduate programs. She is also a supporter of academic integrity across campus in a variety of ways.

Dr. Boehm's scholarship combines urban history, African American history, women's history and the history of labor. She often employs oral history in her research and courses. Writing Making a Way out of No Way: African American Women and the Second Great Migration, Dr. Bohem's second book, was one of the greatest joys of her career, as she had the opportunity to interview women across the country about their lives. Her fourth book, America's Urban History, is due out in 2014.