Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters

Office of the Dean


Heather  Coltman, Ph.D., Dean Heather ColtmanDMA,is Dean of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University. The College of Arts and Letters houses 16 academic programs which offer 22 bachelor’s degrees, 17 minors, 12 certificate programs and 19 graduate degree including a PhD in Comparative Studies. The College features award winning authors, Guggenheim Fellows, Lannan Foundation Fellows, Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winners, O. Henry and Pushcart award recipients, Fulbright scholars, Royal Historical Society fellows, Woodrow Wilson Society fellows, South Florida Cultural Consortium recipients in visual and media arts, Grammy award recipients, and critically acclaimed artists and performers.

 In her over 20 years of service at Florida Atlantic she has served on a wide range of senior level committees and initiatives including: the Academic Leadership Team, the Council of Deans, the executive task force that received a perfect accreditation score from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Title IX Coordination Committee, chairing a search for the Dean of the University Libraries. From 2013-2016 she led the effort to develop a university initiative in “Peace, Justice and Human Rights” which is currently one of nine platforms in FAU’s new strategic plan with a recurring budget of $250,000 annually. She serves on the steering committee on “South Florida Culture: the Region as an International Hub for Arts and Humanities”, also one of the ten-year strategic plan’s platforms, and leads a joint task force with Student Affairs to improve student media mentorship and professionalization.

 A solo and collaborative concert pianist, she has performed, taught and lectured across five continents. Coltman made her performance debut in her native country of Zambia at the age of five, and immigrated to the United States in 1966. Dr. Coltman holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas, a Master of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music in New York and Bachelor of Music degree from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. Her principal teachers included Lita Guerra, David Bar-Illan, Claude Frank and Nadia Boulanger, and she has critically acclaimed recordings on Wisdom Recordings, Klavier Records, Innova Recordings, Heng Hao Records and Lyra Productions.
She joined the faculty of FAU in 1993 becoming a full professor in the Department of music in 2003. She served as chair of the Department of Music from 2002-2011, during which time she also served as the Director of Keyboard Studies, the Artistic Director of the College Chamber Music Series and the founder of the TOPS piano camp which has 3,000 alumni in its near 20 years of operation. 



Linda Johnson, Associate Dean Linda Johnson,  is an Associate Dean of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University. She is part of an administrative team that manages a college with over 4000 majors. Her responsibilities include enrollment management, scheduling, faculty annual assignment and evaluation reviews, college technology and partner campus operations. In addition, she oversees the College’s dedicated facilities that includes: a 500 seat concert hall, two black box theatres, a four movie theater complex, two galleries, recording studios, digital fabrication lab, multimedia labs and numerous dedicated technology-enhanced classrooms on two campuses.

  In her 20 years of service at Florida Atlantic University she has served in leadership positions including Associate Dean, Chair of the Department of Visual Arts and Art History, Director of Jewish Studies, and Graduate Program Coordinator. She also serves on several University committees and advisory councils, and was part of a University committee that introduced and implemented a new scheduling model to accommodate different course delivery modalities and to better serve students.

Professor Linda Johnson is an accomplished artist and designer who specializes in limited edition book design. She has received several awards including the National Museum for Women in the Arts: Book Artist Fellowship, the Florida Artists' Book Prize and a New York Art Directors Book Design Award. Her work has been exhibited internationally and resides in numerous public and private collections including Tate Britain, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, New York Public Library, Harvard, Yale, UCLA, and the Sackner Archives of Concrete and Visual Poetry. She received her BFA in Graphic Communication from the University of Houston and her M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University in Visual Communication Design. Before joining FAU in 1997, she owned and managed a design studio in Houston, Texas.



Michael Horswell, Ph.D., Associate Dean

Dr. Michael J. Horswell is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American literature and serves is the Associate Dean of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. Dr. Horswell earned his Ph.D. in Latin American literature at the University of Maryland, College Park. He also holds a MA in Spanish from Middlebury College in Vermont, and a BA in Spanish and Business Economics from Wofford College in his native South Carolina. Dr. Horswell specializes in the literature and culture of the colonial period as well as indigenous literatures of the Andes. In addition to pursuing graduate studies in Spain and Argentina, he studied Andean culture and the Quechua language for two summers at the Bartolomé de las Casas Research Center in Cuzco, Peru (1995-1996) and has spent seven summers doing limited field work with native Quichua speakers in Ecuador (2001-2007, 2010).

Dr. Horswell is the author of a book, Decolonizing the Sodomite: Queer Tropes of Sexuality in Colonial Andean Culture. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2005), which he recently translated into Spanish and re-published in South America with Abya-Yala press (first edition, 2010; second edition, 2013). He has also published articles and book chapters on transatlantic influences in literary figures such as Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala, and the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. Other recent articles include studies of the Baroque and Neo-baroque literatures of the Americas, Latin American cinema, and Ecuadorian literature. His recent article in Romanic Review,“Negotiating Apostasy in Vilcabamba: Titu Cusi Yupanqui Writes from the Chaupi” (2012) is related to his new book project on Andean indigenous and mestizo writers from the colonial period tentatively titled, Desiring Pizarros.

Barclay Barrios

Barclay Barrios, Associate Professor of English, is an Assistant Dean for the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. Previously, he served as Director of Writing Programs for the department of English. He received his PhD from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, where he also helped to direct the writing program. His research focuses on writing program administration, digital media, pedagogy, and computers and composition and he is the author of the freshman composition reader Emerging: Contemporary Readings for Writers (Bedford / St. Martin’s, 2013).  As an Assistant Dean for Arts and Letters, he manages the college’s certificate programs and interdisciplinary majors, oversees Student Academic Services, and coordinates the college’s assessment and credentialing endeavors.




Contact Us


Heather Coltman, Dean 
DMA University of Texas 
Professor of Music | Director of Keyboard Studies
Boca Raton Campus, AH 217, 561-297-3803
Davie Campus, DW 303, 954-236-1106
Fort Lauderdale Campus, AT 812, 954-762-5073

Associate Dean 
Linda Johnson, Professor, Graphic Design             
MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University
Boca Campus, AH 214B, 561-297-0928 

Associate Dean 
Michael J. Horswell, Associate Professor, 
Spanish and Latin American Literature
PhD, University of Maryland
Boca Campus, AH 214C, 561-297-3863 

Assistant Dean
Barclay Barrios,  Director of Writing Programs 
Department of English
PhD, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Boca Campus, AH 108,  561-297-4573

Senior Director of Development and Outreach  
Laurie Carney
Boca Raton Campus, AH 210, 561-297-3606 

Development and Outreach Coordinator

Gail Vorsas 
Boca Raton Campus, AH 210, 561-297-2337 

Coordinator, Administrative Services & Executive Assistant to the Dean
Taina Teran -Campbell

Boca Raton Campus, AH 217, 561-297-3803 

Administrative Paraprofessional 

Gabrielle Denier
Boca Raton Campus, AH 214A, 561-297-0155 


Program Assistant
Katherine Wilson McCoy
Boca Raton Campus, AH 214A, 561-297-4225

Front Desk Receptionist
Caitlin Mullins
Boca Raton Campus, AH 214, 561-297-3158


Senior Secretary 
Verna Roberts 
Davie Campus, DW 303, 954-236-1106 


Business Office Staff

Director, Business & Financial Operations
Kathleen DiMaggio 
Boca Raton Campus, AH 215A, 561-297-3300 

Budget Coordinator

Janice Cunningham 
Boca Raton Campus, AH 215, 561-297-2949  


Senior Fiscal Assistant  
Jessica Gray 
Boca Raton Campus, AH 215C, 561-297-0852  



Program Assistant 
Donna Bryan
Boca Raton Campus, AH 215D, 561-297-2513 


Senior Secretary
Shelly Anisman
Boca Raton Campus, AH 215B, 561-297-2584

 Last Modified 4/28/17