Class Deans Staff Content

Lori Tenser
Schneider Center, Room 221

Lori Tenser

Associate Dean for Academic Integration & Advising and Dean of the Class of 2023 (A-L)

Lori Tenser is the Associate Dean of Students for Academic Integration and Advising, and currently serves as dean of the class of 2023, with last names beginning with A through L.  As Associate Dean, she provides direction and supervision for the staff and programs of the Offices of the Class Deans, including First-Year programs, WellesleyPlus, and the Davis Scholar program, as well as the Pforzheimer Learning and Teaching Center. Her responsibilities include the coordination of advising efforts across campus, and the development and implementation of strategic initiatives to integrate the academic and co-curricular lives of all students.  As Class Dean, she works directly with individual students as they pursue their Wellesley education.

Dean Tenser holds a B.A. in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in higher education from Boston College.   She is also the parent of three college students and one small cockapoo named Gracie, and lives with her husband and family in Needham.

Dean Tenser's office is 221 Schneider.  You can contact her at 781-283-2325 or by email at

Alison J. Black
Schneider Center, Room 222

Alison J. Black

Dean of the Class of 2021

Alison Black, Dean of the Class of 2021, joined the Class Deans in August 2016. In addition to working directly with students as their class dean, she works closely with Professor Amy Banzaert to support students interested in studying and pursuing further education in engineering.

Alison earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Kenyon College and a Master’s Degree in Education (College Student Personnel Services) from Ohio University. She came to Wellesley after working as the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Olin College of Engineering for over 10 years. She has twenty-five years of experience working in student affairs administration and has experience in: Title IX, orientation, academic advising, judicial affairs, diversity education, mental health services, leadership education, residential life, first
year programs, and substance education. Alison’s professional interests include: identity development, sleep hygiene, self-esteem, and diversity education.

Alison grew up in New Jersey and spent her summers at her family’s home at the Jersey shore. Her interests include running/walking, the ocean, tennis, animals/birds, board games, marathons, the Red Sox, and independent movies. Alison completed 53 marathons in 50 states and 100 half marathons. She ran the Boston Marathon in 2007, 2008, and 2011 and wishes she had been working at Wellesley when she ran it.
Alison’s office is 222 Schneider. You can contact her at 781-283-3152 or


Susan Cohen
Schneider Center, Room 223

Susan Cohen

Dean of the Class of 2022 & Director Davis Scholars Program

Susan Cohen joined the Class Deans in 1986 as Dean of the Class of 1989, so the Class of 2022 is her twelfth Wellesley class!  She also serves as dean for the Davis Scholars and as director of the Davis Degree Program.   She was an English major at Cornell and then went on to earn a Ph.D. in English at Yale, and she has split her career between Yale, where she was an assistant professor of English, and Wellesley, where she has taught in the English Department and the Writing Program in addition to being a class dean. To get in touch with Dean Cohen, sign up for an appointment or email