Deans' Panel

Dr. Steve Fetter

Steve Fetter is Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School. He has been a professor in the School of Public Policy since 1988, serving as dean from 2005 to 2009.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a fellow of the American Physical Society, and a recipient of the APS Joseph A. Burton Forum Award and the Szilard Lectureship Award. He has been president of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs and a member of the Director of National Intelligence's Intelligence Science Board and the Department of Energy's Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee. He served as vice chairman of the Federation of American Scientists and received its Hans Bethe 'Science in the Public Service' award. He has served on several committees of the National Academy of Sciences and is a member of the board of directors of the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Fetter has taken leave from the University on several occasions to serve in government, most recently in the White House Office of Science Technology Policy for five years during the Obama administration, where he led the energy and environment and national security and international affairs divisions. He has also served in the Department of State and Department of Defense, and he has been a visiting fellow at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, Harvard’s Center for Science and International Affairs, MIT’s Plasma Fusion Center, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

He received a Ph.D. in energy and resources from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1985 and a S.B. in physics from MIT in 1981.

Dr. Dana A. Williams

Dana A. Williams is Professor of African American Literature and Interim Dean of the Graduate School at Howard University. Prior to this appointment, she served three terms as Chair of the Department of English. She is a member of the Executive Council for the Modern Languages Association and past president of the Association of Departments of English and the College Language Association. In 2016, she was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Humanities Council. Her research focuses on African American literature, and she is currently completing a book on Toni Morrison's editorship at Random House Publishing Company, which Harper Collins will publish in 2021 as Toni at Random.

Dr. Michelle Nearon

Michelle Nearon is Sr. Associate Dean for Graduate Student Development and Diversity at Yale University. She provides the strategic vision and leadership to build, and maintain, a supportive campus community where graduate students from diverse backgrounds and experiences are supported in their intellectual and professional pursuits. Dr. Nearon earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in aerospace engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brooklyn Polytechnic University, respectively. After completing her Master’s degree she devoted approximately ten years to both the aerospace and automotive industries. She returned to academia and earned a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Stony Brook University. She remained at Stony Brook University as a postdoctoral fellow studying turbulence modeling before being offered an assistant professorship in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. During her time at Stony Brook University she also simultaneously served as the Director of Recruitment and Diversification for the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Dr. Nearon joined the Yale community in 2008.