Michael Wynn | Social Community Manager
Post University has announced the promotion of two School of Arts & Sciences leadership team members: Lucia Dressel, M.Ed., assistant dean for general education, and Kristin Santa Maria, Ph.D., director of liberal arts.
“Lucia and Kristin are student-focused and committed to a quality teaching and learning experience,” Betsy Kranz, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences said. “I look forward to their leadership and contributions to the future of our school.”
Assistant Dean for General Education Lucia Dressel joined Post University in 2013 as an on-campus adjunct faculty member for the English department. She moved into a full-time role in 2015 as assistant academic program manager for English and became program chair of English in 2018. That same year, she also assumed the role of director of general education to support the program chairs and academic leadership across all schools redesigning the General Education Program. Dressel, a former registered nurse, has more than two decades of experience in education at both the secondary and post-secondary levels, is a published novel writer, and is a theatre director and performer. She holds a master of education degree in English education and is currently in the final phase of completing her doctor of education in leadership in higher education administration at University of Phoenix.
With more than a decade of experience in higher education teaching, Kristin Santa Maria, Ph.D., assumed the role of director of liberal arts in the School of Arts & Sciences. A talented writer who knows the power of the written word, Santa Maria held several adjunct teaching positions at community colleges and universities before becoming the assistant academic program manager for English at Post in 2014. In 2021, she became the program chair of English, overseeing the University’s core English curriculum required of all Undergraduate students pursuing associate and bachelor’s degrees. Santa Maria holds a master in fine arts degree in creative and professional writing from Western Connecticut State University and completed her doctorate in rhetorics, communication, and information design at Clemson University last year.