Dean's Office


The Evans School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences offers degree programs in fine, performing and communication arts; history, languages and letters; philosophy and religion; and the social sciences (government and international studies and sociology and anthropology. These disciplines provide a wide range of coursework in support of the college mission and promote the mission by teaching critical thinking, sound values and cultural appreciation. As principal custodian of liberal studies, the Evans School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, trains students for effective communication, appreciation of the arts and humanities, understanding society and engagement with the perennial concerns of philosophy and theology. The Evans School faculty is committed to pursuing excellence in scholarship, teaching, and mentoring in these areas. 

Dr. Thomas D. Kennedy

Dean and Professor of Philosophy

Dean of the Evans School and Professor of Philosophy Thomas D. Kennedy joined the Berry faculty in 2007 after 18 years on the faculty at Valparaiso University. In addition to his work as chair of the Philosophy Department at Valparaiso, he served for three years as editor of The Cresset: a review of literature, the arts and public affairs and for two years as the director of the Valparaiso University Overseas Study Centre in Cambridge, England. 

The scholarly work of Dean Kennedy, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, is at the intersection of philosophy, theology and ethics. An editor of two books and author of numerous essays in ethics and bioethics, Kennedy also has a continuing interest in eighteenth century Scottish thought as well as philosophy of the arts. At Berry, Kennedy teaches introductory philosophy and ethics courses and environmental ethics. 

Kennedy and his wife, Melodie, a horticulturist at Berry, are the parents of two adult children, Katherine, an instructor in music history at Valparaiso University, and Ian, a student in Michigan. 

In his spare time, Kennedy enjoys sweet soul music, detective fiction, running half marathons and, on good days, basketball. 

Hannah Knowles 

Secretary 

Hannah Knowles has been assisting the dean, the faculty, and the students of the Evans School since 2002. She moved to Rome from Jacksonville, AL where she worked in Jacksonville State University’s music department as secretary to the band director and the Marching Southerners and piano accompanist to vocal students, college and community choirs.