Office of the Dean

MJHorswellMichael J. Horswell, PhD, 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 receipts, Fulbright scholars, Royal Historical Society Fellows, Woodrow Wilson Society Fellows, South Florida Cultural Consortium receipts in visual and media arts, Grammy award receipts, and critically acclaimed arts and performers.

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 Middleburry 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 fieldwork with native Quichua speakers in Ecuador (2001-  2007, 2010).  

His first book, Decolonizing the Sodomite: Queer Tropes of Sexuality in Colonial Andean Culture (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2005), focused on indigenous gender and sexuality as tropes used in the representation of the conquest and colonization of the Americas. His interest in the confluence of sexuality and culture in the Hispanic world has led to two recent collections of essays co-edited with Dr. Nuria Godón, Sexualidades Periféricas. Consolidaciones literarias y fílmicas en la España de fin de siglo XIX y fin de milenio (Madrid: Fundamentos, 2016) and the special issue of the  Journal of Language and Sexuality on the theme of "Transnational Discourses of Peripheral Sexualities in the Hispanic World" (Vol. 5, no. 2: 2016).  Dr. Horswell has also published articles and book chapters on important literary figures such as Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala and el Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Latin American cinema and the Baroque in the Americas, including two recent volumes, one co-edited with  Luis Duno-Gottberg, Sumergido-Submerged: Alternative Cuban Cinema (Houston: Literal Publishing, 2013) and Baroque Projections: Images and Texts in Dialogue with the Early Modern World , co-edited with Frederic Conrod. (Delaware: Juan de la Cuesta, 2016). 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 and Incas: Comparative Andean Affects and the Writing of Conquest

Linda Johnson, Associate Dean

Linda Johnson, MFA, 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.

Barclay Barrios

Barclay Barrios, PhD, Associate Professor of English, is an Associate 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 Associate 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.


Adam C. Bradford, PhD, is Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters.  He is also Director of the College's PhD program in Comparative Studies.  He is responsible for overseeing the college's graduate programs, facilitating successful recruiting, promoting the general welfare and productivity of the college's graduate students, expanding and directing the college's PhD program in comparative studies, and identifying extramural funding.  He has previously served the college as Associate Chair of English, as a member of the Comparative Studies Executive Committee, as a faculty senator, and as a member of various departmental, college, and university committees.

Dr. Bradford earned his PhD in American Literature from the University of Iowa.  He holds an MA in English from Brigham Young University and a BA from the University of Utah.  His scholarly interests are in 19th Century American literature and culture, with particular interests in the poetry, print culture, and social rituals of the period.  His monograph, Communities of Death:  Whitman, Poe and the American Culture of Mourning was published by the University of Missouri Press in 2014.  His scholarly work has also appeared in journals such as College Literature, the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, the Edgar Allan Poe Review, and the Mickle Street Review, as well as in edited collections such as Sentimentalism in Nineteenth-Century America:  Literary and Cultural Practices (Farleigh Dickinson, 2013) and Whitman in Context (Cambridge, forthcoming 2017).

Contact Us

Michael J. Horswell, Dean
PhD, University of Maryland
Boca Raton Campus, AH 217, 561-297-3803
Davie Campus, DW 303, 954-236-1106
Fort Lauderdale Campus, AT 812, 954-762-5073

Executive Assistant to the Dean & Coordinator, Administrative Services  
Taina Teran-Campbell
Boca Raton Campus, AH 217, 561-297-3803

Associate Dean
Linda Johnson, Professor, Graphic Design
MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University
Boca Campus, AH 214C, 561-297-3863


Associate Dean
Aimee Arias, Associate Professor, Political Science
PhD, University of Miami
Boca Campus, AH 214D, 561-297-3211

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

Associate Dean
Barclay Barrios, Associate Professor, English
Phd, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Boca Campus, AH 108, 561-297-4573

Associate Dean
Adam C. Bradford, Associate Professor, English
PhD, University of Iowa
Boca Campus, AH 214B, 561-297-0928

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

Senior Secretary
Adrienne Gionta
Davie Campus, DW 303, 954-236-1106

Development Office

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

Business Office

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, Business Office
Donna Bryan
Boca Raton Campus, AH 215D, 561-297-2513