College of Arts & Sciences
Our faculty, students and alumni are active and engaged in research, service, and professional development. Our College Spotlights showcase these achievements and keep you up-to-date on developments in the college.
Timothy Snyder is Dean of the Linda Berry Stein College of Fine Arts and currently serves as Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Jacksonville University. Prior to coming to Jacksonville in 2010, Dr. Snyder held teaching and conducting positions at Connecticut College, Metropolitan State College of Denver, University of Colorado and Yale University. He formerly served as Director of Choral Activities and Chair of the Division of Music at JU, and was twice honored with the Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching. Choruses under his direction have toured throughout the United States, to the People's Republic of China and on eight European concert tours.
Dr. Daniel McCarthy, professor of Biology and Marine Sciences, directs lab projects researching reef communities and better techniques for reef restoration. Dr. McCarthy recently co-authored a book offering a comprehensive examination of nearshore hardbottom reef systems along Florida’s Atlantic coast, Islands in the Sand: Ecology and Management of Nearshore Hardbottom Reefs of East Florida. This book that fills gaps in biological and ecological understanding for scientists, managers, divers and fisherfolk while remaining accessible to interested laypersons including beachfront residents, beachcombers, and water-users.
Hayleigh Palotti is a double major in Psychology and English. As a cross country and track and field athlete, Hayleigh excels on the track and in the classroom. She loves the community feel at JU, especially the small classes and individual feedback from professors. In 2021, Hayleigh completed an internship with Dr. Lynette Kennison at the Artistic Psychiatric Associates Practice in Jacksonville, FL. The internship, which she combined with job shadowing at other facilities around Jacksonville, helped Hayleigh better understand the ins and outs of being a mental health professional. She plans to go to graduate school and is considering a career in counseling.
From Jacksonville University to Rising Star among Florida’s Super Lawyers, Christopher Horton is quickly ascending as a board-certified construction attorney. Christopher is a cum laude graduate of the Class of 2008 who earned his bachelor’s degree at JU in history and political science, with a minor in business management. Christopher continued his education at the University of Miami School of Law and is currently a partner in the Ft. Lauderdale law office of Smith, Currie & Hancock where he specializes in construction law. Christopher credits his time at JU—and as quarterback of the football team—with honing his leadership skills, and personal and professional growth. He is proud to have been honored as a Top Up & Comer from 2020 to 2021 by the South Florida Legal Guide and is a 2021 recipient of Florida’s Design Build Institute of America’s “Delivering Expertise Award.”
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College of Arts and SciencesIn the Dean's Office
Dr. Timothy Snyder
Interim Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
About Dr. Timothy Snyder
Dr. Laura Chambers Atkins
Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
About Laura Chambers Atkins
Administrative Associate, CAS
About Lyndsey Kennedy