College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Humanities Building

The Office of the Dean

The Office of the Dean is the administrative headquarters for CHASS and is home to the Dean of the College, three associate deans, one assistant dean, and a team of dedicated staff professionals in academic affairs, communications, development, facilities, finance, personnel, research, student affairs, and technology. 

Daryle Williams
Dean: Daryle Williams
(951) 827-3572

Learn more about Dean Daryle Williams.

Gloria González-Rivera
Associate Dean of Social Sciences: Gloria González-Rivera
(951) 827-2443

Gloria González-Rivera is a professor of economics and is responsible for the faculty and academic affairs of the social sciences departments in her advisory role to the Dean.  Her portfolio includes academic personnel advancement and recruitment (academic senate and non-senate appointments), allocation of the temporary budget (TAs, lecturers, associate-ins, and visiting professors), guidance and support on departmental operational matters (campus communications, regulations, space allocation, equipment, etc.), and advice and support on department climate issues. Gloria González-Rivera oversees the departments of:

  • Anthropology
  • English
  • Ethnic Studies
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Kiril Tomoff
Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities: Kiril Tomoff
(951) 827-2763

Kiril Tomoff is a professor of history and is responsible for the faculty and academic affairs of the arts and humanities departments and interdisciplinary programs in his advisory role to the Dean.  His portfolio includes Senate and non-Senate academic personnel advancement and recruitment, allocation of the temporary teaching and academic support budget, guidance and support on departmental operational matters, and advice and support on department climate issues. Kiril Tomoff oversees the departments of:

  • Art
  • Art History
  • Comparative Literature and Languages
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Economics
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Hispanic Studies
  • Media and Cultural Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Theatre, Film, and Digital Production

Cova Lamar Prieto
Associate Dean of Student Academic Affairs: Covadonga "Cova" Lamar Prieto
(951) 827-1423

Covadonga “Cova” Lamar Prieto is an associate professor of Hispanic studies and is responsible for the Student Academic Affairs Office. In her administrative role as Associate Dean, she works closely with directors of academic advising and CHASS First to support the academic progress of every CHASS student from matriculation to graduation and post-graduation. In addition, the office is also the home for all those in undeclared and pre-business programs. The office supports students with:

  • Enrollment
  • Registration
  • Breadth requirements
  • Academic regulations
  • Major declaration
  • Withdrawal, dismissals, and readmission
  • Academic success and career development
  • Freshman and transfer orientation
  • Student scholarships

Cindy Williams
Assistant Dean and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer: Cindy Williams
(951) 827-7974

Cindy Williams and her team are responsible for all CHASS financial and administrative matters including:

  • Business Operations
  • Human Resources 
  • Facilities and Space Management
  • Contracts and Grants
  • Information Technology

  • Jeff Girod
    Assistant Dean of Marketing and Communications: Jeff Girod
    (951) 827-4333

    Jeff Girod creates, implements, and leads all aspects of a comprehensive marketing and communications strategy to promote CHASS programs, people, resources, and events, and advises the CHASS Dean and executive leadership team on matters related to communication and brand positioning. Supervises the CHASS Marketing and Communications Department which includes the Director of Events, Performing Arts Marketing Specialist, and CHASS Student Marketing Team. Collaborates with external partners and campus stakeholders to coordinate media coverage, enhance initiatives related to student recruitment and retention, elevate CHASS signature events, and amplify CHASS marketing, communications, advocacy, and storytelling efforts.

    Eveleen Samayoa
    Assistant Dean of Development: Eveleen Samayoa
    (951) 827-6078

    Eveleen Samayoa is responsible for all aspects of development (fundraising and aspects of external relations) within CHASS. These include working on behalf of students for fellowships, scholarships, mentorships, and student-focused research and travel opportunities. They also seek support for faculty and staff such as research funding, equipment, and program development. Additionally, the CHASS development team reconnects UCR alumni in the humanities, arts, and social sciences with the university and its current activities, and identifies and helps to build community partnerships.

    Susan Brown
    Director of Academic Personnel: Susan Brown
    (951) 827-3596

    Susan Brown and her team are responsible for all aspects of academic personnel within CHASS.

    Ryan Lipinski
    Assistant Dean of Student Success: Ryan Lipinski
    (951) 827-4348

    Working closely with Associate Dean of Student Academic Affairs Covadonga Lamar Prieto and the Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Ryan Lipinski provides leadership to the college’s Student Affairs unit and develops programs that enhance the student experience within CHASS, positively impacting student enrollment and facilitating our students’ progress towards their chosen degrees in the humanities, arts, and social sciences.