portrait of Elizabeth Francis-Connolly

Elizabeth Francis-Connolly

Dean, Interdisciplinary Health and Sciences at the University of Saint Joseph in Connecticut

Prior to her current role, Elizabeth served on faculty at the University of New England where she was the Dean of the Westbrook College of Health Professions. During that time, she oversaw twelve academic programs, undergraduate through doctoral programs, a clinical simulation center, state of the art motion analysis laboratory, and the Interprofessional Education Collaborative. Prior to UNE, she was at Eastern Michigan University for 23 years and served as the Director of the School of Health Sciences. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Michigan, a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Boston University, and her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at Quinnipiac University. Her research has focused on mothering across the life course and academic mentoring & leadership.