Dean of Students in the University
As Dean of Students in the University, Michele Rasmussen works with senior leaders across campus to develop and promote opportunities for students’ intellectual, professional, and personal growth and to provide co-curricular support as students pursue their programs of study and prepare for post-graduate life. She works closely with the provost, vice provosts, and deans of students in the College, divisions, and schools to identify and attend to areas of mutual concern as they relate to the quality and impact of campus life at the University.
Rasmussen has direct responsibility for departments and service areas that focus on student life and support. These include UChicago Student Wellness, the Center for Leadership and Involvement, the Center for Identity + Inclusion, Spiritual Life, Athletics and Recreation, the Office of International Affairs, Housing and Residence Life, UChicago Dining, Student Disability Services, University-wide student disciplinary systems, and UChicago HELP. Rasmussen also oversees offices that deliver campus-wide services and programs, including the University Registrar, the Bursar, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, International House, and the University Bookstore.
Before joining the University in 2013, Rasmussen served as Dean of the Undergraduate College at Bryn Mawr College. Prior to Bryn Mawr, she served as an academic dean in Duke University’s Trinity College of Arts & Sciences and directed the Academic Advising Center. At Duke, she also held an adjunct faculty appointment and regularly taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses in evolutionary anthropology. She previously held other student life and academic roles at Duke and at Wesleyan University.
Rasmussen earned her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in History & Art History from the University of California at Los Angeles, and her PhD in Biological Anthropology & Anatomy from Duke University.
Campus and Student Life