Office of the Dean of Libraries and Academic Innovation

Dean of Libraries and Academic Innovation

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Geneva Henry

Tyler Cundiff, Special Assistant
202-994-1069 | [email protected]


In her position as the dean of libraries and academic innovation (GWLAI), Geneva Henry is responsible for planning, directing, and overseeing all operations of the GW Libraries, the Instructional Core, Academic Commons, the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research, and the online education programs at GW. Together, these areas provide the core academic support that enable research and education success at GW. GWLAI staff and librarians work together across these areas to accomplish the university’s mission, creating a highly collaborative, dynamic, and deeply engaged GW community.

Before coming to GW, Geneva was the executive director for Rice University's Digital Library Initiative. And her career prior to Rice includes 18 years of applied research and development in digital libraries, text search, natural language processing, expert systems, and complex systems integration at IBM, TRW, and the RAND Corporation. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science from California State University, Los Angeles, a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington.

GW Libraries and Academic Innovation Senior Leadership Team

Robin Delaloye

Associate Dean of Student Success and Communications
202-994-6780 │ [email protected]

The Associate Dean provides strategic direction and leadership in planning, directing and implementing successful, data-driven management of the university’s comprehensive learning assistance center and the organization’s storytelling. She oversees the Ask Us Desk, which connects patrons with academic support anywhere it exists within the university, and Academic Commons, which provides innovative and effective student support programs, including peer tutoring for students in numerous subject areas, review sessions, and consultations. The Associate Dean tells the story of GW Libraries and Academic Innovation to its diverse constituencies, including students, alumni, and faculty, producing innovative workshops and special events, promoting services, maintaining accurate and engaging web content, and coordinating media inquires for the organization.

Gaetano R. Lotrecchiano, EdD, PhD

Associate Dean of Innovative and Collaborative Pedagogy
202-994-1594 | [email protected]

The Associate Dean of Innovative and Collaborative Pedagogy is responsible for promoting and supporting teaching, learning, and research by providing faculty with collaborative opportunities and personalized consultation to support their ongoing professional development. He oversees the team of instructional designers, videographers, and multimedia specialists who work with faculty to develop and enhance online educational materials. Also under his leadership, Faculty Development works with faculty across the university to identify teaching and course design needs and interests and to bring innovative assessment and active learning practices to campus. He also has responsibility for the Instructional Technology Lab, which manages Blackboard and provides support to instructors exploring existing and emerging technologies in teaching and learning.

Regina Mays

Director of Finance
202-994-1319 │ [email protected]

The Director of Finance has responsibility for developing and overseeing the budget plan and financial resources for all departments of the GW Libraries and Academic Innovation, consistent with the mission of the university. She plays a vital role in guiding the allocation of resources to support strategic priorities and ensuring the organization acts as a good steward of those resources.

Nia Phillips

Manager of Human Resources
202-994-1346 | [email protected]

The Human Resources Manager serves as a liaison between University Human Resources and GW Libraries and Academic Innovation. She consults with GWLAI in evaluating, developing, and implementing practices to ensure effective and consistent human resources management. The Manager provides support for the division’s professional development, payroll, recruitment, and other human resources activities.

Hannah Sommers

Senior Associate Dean and Deputy University Librarian
202-994-8643 │ [email protected]

The Senior Associate Dean and Deputy University Librarian is responsible for leading strategic efforts to help the GW community explore, create, and discover information in new ways and to expand the reach of research instruction across the curriculum. She oversees the work of the libraries' research librarians and scholarly technology group. She also has responsibility for resource description, allowing users to easily and efficiently find the resources they need.

Elizabeth Waraksa, PhD

Associate Dean
202-994-5081 │ [email protected]

The Associate Dean leads our efforts to build robust specialized collections and promote their use by the GWU community and an international community of scholars through strategic digitization and preservation.  Collections include the University Archives, the Global Resources Center, the archives of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Corcoran College of Art & Design, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the National Education Association, the I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection, and the Washingtoniana Collection.

Jennifer Wesson

Interim Associate Dean
202-994-2937 │ [email protected]

The Associate Dean serves as a senior advisor to the dean, while also responsible for the Gelman library building and access to library buildings and services. She oversees the administration of serials and electronic resources as well as resource sharing and course reserves. The Associate Dean oversees multiple strategic initiatives and acts as primary liaison with the Washington Research Library Consortium.