Brian Conniff, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Conniff has served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since 2010. The College of Arts and Sciences is Scranton’s largest undergraduate college, housing programs in the sciences, the humanities, and the social and behavioral sciences, as well as the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program and the University Honors Program.
Previously, Dr. Conniff was dean of the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences at Radford University in Radford, Va. Prior to that, he was a professor and chair of the Department of English at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Conniff’s academic areas of expertise and research are modern poetry, prison writing, and religion and literature. He has published more than two dozen articles in academic books and scholarly journals on these topics as well as literacy, Latin American literature, service-learning, and Catholic higher education. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ohio Humanities Council, the Forum on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition Today and Campus Compact, among others.
Robert B. Farrell, J.D., General Counsel
A 20-year Pennsylvania practitioner, Rob Farrell, J.D., spent a decade in private practice of the law with a concentration on civil matters, primarily corporate and municipal. Following private practice, he worked as the city solicitor for the city of Scranton responsible for the legal representation of the City and management of its law department and a staff of three lawyers. He joined The University of Scranton in January of 2008, serving in several roles in the President’s Office before becoming general counsel in the summer of 2010.
The Office of the General Counsel serves as legal counsel to the University. Its focus is the protection of the corporation and its legal interests ranging from litigation and contracts to intellectual property and employment issues. Principal in its function are issues related to compliance at both the state and federal level. The office provides services to all divisions of the University.