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Dean's Office


Charles Ross

Dean, Cook-Cole College

Charles Ross, Dean of Cook-Cole College of Arts & Sciences

Charles D. Ross has been at Longwood since 1992, serving as Professor of Physics, Chair of the Department of Natural Sciences and currently as Dean of the Cook-Cole College. He was awarded a bachelor's degree in Nuclear Engineering, a master's degree in Engineering Physics and a doctorate in Materials Science from the University of Virginia. He won the Maria Bristow Starke Award for Faculty Excellence at Longwood in 2002. Along with colleagues at the University of Virginia, he was a co-author of a five million dollar National Science Foundation grant involving work on nanotechnology. 

Dr. Ross has written three books involving the role of science and engineering in military history. This work has led to appearances on The History Channel, PBS, National Public Radio and a consultancy with the FBI and LAPD. He is married with two children and lives in Farmville.



Joanna H. Baker

Assistant Dean for Academic Services and College Relations

JHB Photo

Joanna H. Baker has been at Longwood since January 1988, serving as Assistant Dean in the Cook-Cole College since 1995. She is responsible for a wide range of student and faculty academic support, and serves on many College and University wide committees. She holds a BS in Sociology and a MS in College and Community Counseling, and has taught Psychology at Longwood and at Southside Virginia Community College.

Mrs. Baker is married with one adult daughter and resides in Midlothian.



Edward Kinman


Assistant Dean for Assessment and Program ImprovementEd Kinman photo


Edward L. Kinman has been at Longwood since 2002, serving as Professor of Geography, and currently as Assistant Dean of the Cook-Cole College. He was awarded a bachelor's degree in History from Furman University, a master's degree in Communications from Wheaton College, and a doctorate in geography from the University of Minnesota. He is responsible for a wide range of assessment activities for the college and serves on many college and university committees. Working with the Virginia Geographic Alliance, he promotes geographic education from kindergarten to the baccalaureate level. 

Dr. Kinman has collaborated with artists, epidemiologists, geographers, nurses, and physicians on seven journal articles, two book chapters, seven technical reports, and an art installation on a variety of subjects. He is married with one daughter and lives in Farmville.




Cynthia M. Thompson

General Administrative Supervisor



Message from the Dean

On behalf of my faculty colleagues, I welcome you to the Cook-Cole College. We are delighted that you are interested in pursuing one of our programs.

You can be assured that our faculty members engage all Longwood students in the breadth and depth of intellectual inquiry that make up a vibrant liberal arts education and we are committed to helping our students become citizen leaders who can think critically and communicate effectively. 

In addition to an excellent classroom environment, all of our students enhance their learning experience through an internship, guided research, or a creative project mentored by a faculty member.

On our web site you will find information about our faculty members and our many academic programs. Whether you are interested in biotechnology or Bach, archaeology or art education, you will find something here to challenge you!

~Charles D. Ross, Dean