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Hampshire is evolving. For questions about the current state of academics, student life, financial aid, or support, please see our answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Make an Appointment

Call CASA at 413.559.5498 to set up an appointment. You can also reach us at advising@hampshire.edu.

Who We Are

The CASA deans can assist students and faculty with questions and concerns about a range of advising issues. Sometimes it makes more sense for students to talk to the dean most familiar with a particular area of concern. The CASA deans are generalists as well as specialists.

John Slepian, dean for academic support

John Slepian, Five College associate professor of art and technology, received his B.F.A. in film and television from New York University and his M.F.A. in new genres from the San Francisco Art Institute.

His interactive installations, which feature projected and screen-based 3D computer animation, investigate what makes us feel engaged with other living beings. Slepian's artwork has been shown at the Exploratorium and Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, the Art Gallery at Siggraph06 in Boston, and P.S.1/MoMA and Hunter College Art Galleries in New York. In 2002, he received the New Langton Arts Bay Area Award. He has been a resident in the P.S.1 National Studio Program, and in 2005 was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts grant in computer arts.

Anne Downes, senior associate dean

Anne Downes works with students who are in their sixth through tenth semesters. She can address all issues having to do with Division III (filing, advanced educational activities, exceptions, and extensions). She oversees the admissions process for students seeking readmission to the College and those interested in applying for the All But Div III (ABD) degree program.

Ernie Alleva, associate dean

Ernie Alleva received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University, and teaches in the School of Cognitive Science. His main teaching and research interests are in moral and political philosophy; the philosophy of education; and the history of philosophy. His current projects include work on philosophical issues regarding work and recent work on liberal political theory. At CASA, Ernie focuses on Division II, especially on developing ways to assist students in formulating their concentrations and planning their Division II studies.

Zena Clift 90F, associate dean

Zena Clift works with students who are in their third through fifth semesters. She assists students with transitioning from Division I to Division II, navigating Division II, and addresses issues having to do with college life and making the best use of the advising relationship and academic support services.


Aaron Ferguson, director for accessibility resources and services

Aaron Ferguson works with students with documented physical, learning, psychiatric, sensory, and medical disabilities to identify appropriate accommodations, strategies, and support services with the goal of allowing students the opportunity to work and perform to their aptitude. Aaron also consults with students without documented disabilities who are seeking resources for formal diagnosis or are just looking to learn about strategies and supports available through OARS or across campus. Aaron can work with any Hampshire student one-on-one, and facilitates workshops throughout the year to develop academic and personal strategies for academic success. As the director of OARS, Aaron works to facilitate growth of the accessibility community to collaboratively identify and address physical, programmatic, and academic barriers. He is available to consult with students, student groups, faculty, and staff to learn how to create accessible experiences at Hampshire and to serve as allies in accessibility. Aaron has worked in higher education and accessibility services since 2003.

Ally Senecal, office administrator; enrollment coordinator

Ally is the college's enrollment coordinator. She provides the relevant college administrators with all student status changes, as she is the contact person for all students on leave, field study, and exchange. As the assistant to the dean of advising, Ally can answer many general questions about advising and Hampshire in general and refer students to the appropriate dean for more specific information. She also stocks the world-renowned candy bowl in the advising office.

Elizbaeth Parolski, director of new student programs

Elizabeth is responsible for assisting with the implementation and management of academic and student life programs and support services for incoming and new (first year and transfer) students. She supports logistical and planning operations for new student orientation; facilitates regular programs and events for new students; identifies and prioritizes ways to provide additional academic and student life support services to new students; and assists in developing collaborative initiatives between the Center for Academic Support and Advising and the office of student life.

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