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Dean’s Office & Program Support

Dean’s Office & Program Support

Contact Information: 734.763.1300 | Room 2150 | taubmandeansoffice@umich.edu

The Deans and Program Chairs provide leadership for the school. Support Staff for the Dean’s  and Program Chairs provide support for leadership, strategic and operational functions. Both groups provide reception functions and can link community members to College services and employment opportunities.  Support is also provided for Business Data reporting and data collection assistance.

Supporting Staff:

Jonathan Massey
Dean and Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning

Office: 2150  |  734-764-1315




Geoffrey Thün
Associate Dean for Research and Creative Practice and Associate Professor of Architecture

Office: 2150  |  734-834-9385



McLain Clutter
Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Strategic Initiatives

Office: 2150  



Sharon Haar
Chair and Professor of Architecture

Office: 2150  |  734-936-0221




Joe Grengs
Chair and Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

Office: 2150  |  734-763-1114




Linda Mills
Executive Director Administrative Services

Office: 2150  |  734-936-0222


The administrative director oversees the efficient and effective operations of the non-academic functions of the College and serves as liaison to the central administration on related matters. B.B.A. Eastern Michigan University - Accounting M.A. - Eastern Michigan University - Education Ph. D. - a.b.d. Eastern Michigan University - Education Leadership



Ann Luke
Executive Assistant to the Dean

Office: 2150  |  734-764-1315


As the Executive Assistant to the Dean, Ann works with the dean, academic administrators, and faculty on issues related to administration, faculty governance, academic human resources, and organizational strategy and planning. With almost 20 years of experience at the University of Michigan, Ann has worked in a variety of positions including event planning (Rackham Graduate School), alumni outreach and engagement (Alumni Association), non-degree and degree program management (Ross School of Business), and faculty affairs (School of Nursing). She received her Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature and is currently pursuing her Master of Higher Education Administration, both at the University of Michigan.



Kate Grandfield
Administrative Specialist

Office: 2150  |  734-615-5260


Kate Grandfield works with the Associate Deans and Administrative Director to coordinate strategic efforts and projects at the college. She is the first line of contact for programs like Michigan Architecture Prep and the Michigan/Mellon Project, and for inquiries regarding the Taubman College Diversity Plan. She currently manages the calendars of the Administrative Director and the Associate Deans. Prior to joining the university, Kate worked in development and museum education with the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation in southern Virginia. She received her Masters of Social Science from the University of Chicago.



Laura J. Brown
Programs Assistant

Office: 2150  |  734-936-0221


Seated between the Chairs of Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning, Laura's role is to assist them with their calendars. In this role she is often able assist faculty, staff and students either in meeting with the chair of their program, or frequently directing them to specific resource at can assist them immediately. Prior to joining the University Laura worked for 17 years in nonprofit volunteer coordination in agencies such as Food Gatherers and the American Red Cross. Laura holds a B.A from Albion College.



Joana Dos Santos
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist

Office: 2150


Joana's experience includes the development of diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting services for nonprofit clients working on becoming more accessible and culturally competent in large Latino communities. She most recently served as executive director of United Neighbors of Fitchburg, a nonprofit organization focused on social reform. Additionally, she has chaired and served on several action boards including the Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s Advisory Board on Racial Justice and Equity. Joana attended Fitchburg State University earning a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies and a master's degree in applied communication.