Biography

The Associate Dean of Academic Affairs assists the Vice President for Academic Affairs in the overall leadership of the college’s academic program; oversees first-year student placement, advising and registration; coordinates training of academic advisors; assists with annual assessment of academic programs; serves as editor of the college catalog; and serves on the Academic Council and the Dean’s Cabinet. As Director of the Paul A. Powell Resource Center, he coordinates the offices of Academic Support, Career Services, Counseling Services, and the Quantitative Learning Center.

Prior to assuming his current position at Emory & Henry, Dr. Michael Puglisi held the positions of Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost, and President at Virginia Intermont College. He has served on the faculty at Virginia Military Institute, Emory & Henry College, and Marian College of Fond du Lac. He earned his B.A. degree in History from James Madison University, and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in American History from the College of William and Mary. His research interests include Colonial America, the Early American Frontier, and American Ethnohistory. Dr. Puglisi’s major publications include Puritans Besieged: The Legacies of King Philips Was in the Massachusetts Bay Colony and Diversity and Accommodation: Essays on the Cultural Composition of the Virginia Frontier, as well as numerous articles, book chapters and review essays. Current research involves a study of the free black population of Washington County, Virginia during the first half of the 19th century.

Educational Background

  • B.A.,James Madison University (1981)
  • M.A., College of William and Mary (1982)
  • Ph.D., College of William and Mary (1987)