Mentorship Staff

Adam Anthony, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs

Adam AnthonyAssistant Dean

Adam joined the School of Professional & Extended Studies in May 2019 as the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs, overseeing the Washington Semester, Gap Year, and Mentorship Programs. Prior to AU, he served as executive director of the William & Mary Washington Center, establishing a wide variety of academic programs for William & Mary students in DC and helping to grow the university’s presence in the Washington area. He previously served as a program director for the Council for Excellence in Government, a Vice President at Fleishman Hillard public relations, and in a variety of positions in electoral politics. If you want to hear about his enthusiasm for the Washington Nationals, the U.S. Women’s National soccer team, or mountain biking, just ask.

(202) 895-4968

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs

Ashley Barnes
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs

Ashley Barnes is the Assistant Director for Undergraduate Programs covering Washington Mentorship Program, Mentorship Program in England, and Delaware in DC. She has worked in higher education administration for six years. Ashley has a M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Howard University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

(202) 895-4946

American University (AU)

Jenna Kirchgasler Mentorship abroad Coordinator

Jenna joined the field of education abroad over ten years ago as a peer study abroad advisor, following her own undergraduate study abroad experience in France. Since that time, Jenna has earned a M.A. in Educational Policy and Administration: Comparative and International Development Education. Jenna has also worked extensively in international education, both domestically and abroad, including a previous experience assisting study abroad students for a semester in London, United Kingdom (U.K). In addition to a love of languages and cultures, Jenna also enjoys biking, reading and discovering new varieties of coffee from all over the world!

(202) 895-4926

Diane Lowenthal

Diane Lowenthal Senior Associate Dean

Diane Lowenthal is the Senior Associate Dean in SPExS. She came to AU in 2000 to teach American Politics Seminars and supervise Research Projects for the Washington Semester Program. Prior to joining AU, Dr. Lowenthal taught American Politics courses (including Campaigns and Elections, Political Behavior, Political Psychology, and Women and Politics) at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. Dr. Lowenthal earned a PhD in Social and Decision Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University.

(202) 895-4915

Amy Morrill Bijeau, Director of Experiential Learning

Amy Morrill Bijeau Director of Experiential Education

Amy Morrill Bijeau has worked in higher education administration and experiential learning for approximately 20 years. As the Associate Director of Internships and Career Development, she provides ongoing guidance regarding internship best practices and enjoys leveraging technology to support students. Amy has a MEd in Counseling and Higher Education Administration from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in French and Religion from Wake Forest University.

(202) 895-4967