About the Dean
Michele Moser Deegan, Ph.D., is the dean of academic life and a professor of political science at Muhlenberg College. The dean’s office oversees the academic resource center, office of disability services, pre health and pre law advising, academic advising, student research awards, undergraduate and post graduate fellowships and awards, the academic integrity code, and works with the office of the registrar to uphold academic policies. In collaboration with the office of admissions and student life, the dean plans summer advising and orientation and the first year experience. The dean is also a member of the CARE student support team and works closely with faculty and student life staff to provide inclusive academic and co-curricular experiences for students.
Prior to this role, Dean Deegan was the founding director of the Lehigh Valley Research Consortium (LVRC), a collaborative Lehigh Valley-focused research center of the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges. Through her work with the LVRC, Deegan has completed research on such topics as the region’s public school systems, non-profit organizations, community health, sustainable economic development and the changing gambling behaviors of residents. Deegan also advised many government and nonprofit organizations regarding program outcomes and performance. At Muhlenberg, she has served as department chair and was the coordinator of academic department and program assessment. She has taught courses including Introduction to American National Government, Public Administration, Inequality and US Public Policy, Research Methods and a First Year Seminar. She currently teaches an integrated learning course, Politics of the Opportunity Gap, which includes an on-site program in which local high school students complete the college admissions process with mentorship from students enrolled in her course.
Deegan's research interests include state and local government policy making, with an emphasis on health and education policies. She has authored numerous book chapters, reports and articles in national and international journals of political science, public policy, and public administration. She earned her Ph.D. from New York University.