Dean of Whitman College
A recovering perfectionist, Alexis became interested in the study of perfectionism and effortless perfection while a graduate student at the University of Virginia (UVA). Inspired by Duke University's then president Nan Keohane's commissioning of the Women's Initiative, a campus-wide examination of the female experience at Duke, Alexis conducted her own doctoral research on female undergraduate students and the pursuit of effortless perfection.
Alexis completed her Ph.D. in 2008 (her first UVA degree was as an undergraduate) and worked as an assistant dean in the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at UVA before moving to Princeton in 2011. Alexis has served as the director of student life in Butler College, where she oversaw the Residential College Adviser program and Butler College Council, in addition to providing individual guidance and support to students. Starting in the Fall of 2016, Alexis took on a new role as the Dean of Whitman College. Alexis enjoys collaborations on campus with the Women's Center, Athletics, LGBT Resource Center, the Princeton Women's Mentoring Program, and the Fields Center. Alexis enjoys spending her free time traveling, horseback riding, and reading.
Associate Director, The McGraw Center for Teaching & Learning
Nic’s interest in the Princeton Perspective Project stems both from his investigations into student motivation and resilience as well as his observations of student experiences at Princeton. Adopting a holistic perspective, he seeks to promote students’ intellectual engagement, well-being and balance in this highly rigorous and competitive environment.
Nic develops, designs and directs McGraw’s undergraduate academic support programming including Study Hall, Strategic Learning Consultations, Learning Strategy Workshops, Review Sessions, and other course-specific programming. With a deep understanding of the unique academic demands and opportunities a Princeton education presents, his workshops and consultations focus on assisting students as they transition into and through Princeton University. In particular he seeks to help students understand Princeton’s invisible curriculum and develop strategies and skills so that they may thrive and be successful.
Director of Student Life at Forbes College
Mellisa serves as the Director of Student Life at Forbes College. Her interest in working with the Princeton Perspective project originates from her years of experience working with high achieving undergraduates who struggle with perfectionism. As the Director of Student Life, she focuses on ensuring that students are supported in all aspects of their time at Princeton. She works closely with the Residential College Advisors and Forbes College Council. Mell also works within the judicial system, connecting students with resources across campus and advising students in non-academic areas of their collegiate experience. She is originally from Brooklyn, NY and attended college at Cornell University. After receiving her BA in Sociology, she went to Rutgers University- School of Education where she received her Masters of Education, with a focus in the Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education. Before her time at Princeton, Mell has worked in student support and residential life at a non-profit college access organization and later worked in student life at MIT. She strives to work towards fostering a more inclusive and welcoming community for students of all backgrounds and experiences.