Administration and Staff


Lynn M. Maurer, Ph.D., Dean, Professor of Political Science

Dr. Maurer holds both the M.A. and the Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University. Her teaching areas focus on Western and Eastern Europe, women and international politics, democratization, and international conflict. Her political science research focuses on Spanish politics since the transition to democracy. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Otterbein University in Spanish. She holds a Certificate of International Relations from the University of Dijon, France. Her grants include a National Science Foundation ADVANCE IT-Catalyst Award project studying and promoting best university practices for the advancement of women faculty members in STEM. Before joining LU, she served as Dean and Chief Research Officer of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Indiana State University and Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Chair of the Political Science Department at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.


Paul Bernazzani Ph.D., Interim Associate Dean, Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Bernazzani earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the Université de Montréal in Canada, He then received his master’s from the Université du Québec à Montréal and his Ph.D. in Biophysics from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivieres. Following a post-doctoral fellowship in Chemical Engineering at Texas Tech University, he became a faculty at Lamar in 2003. Having served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry since 2010, he joined the team of the College of Arts and Sciences as Interim Associate Dean in June 2016. His current research interests span all areas of macromolecular physics, from plastics to proteins. More information can be found here.


Ms. Kathy Pierce, Executive Assistant  

Ms. Pierce is the Executive Assistant in the Dean’s Office of the College of Arts and Sciences.  She began working at Lamar University in 1992 as an Administrative Assistant for the Department of Nursing.  In 2003, she transferred to the Dean’s office.  While at Lamar, she has participated for several years on the Staff Advisory Council, and presently serves on the Texas State University System Staff Excellence Award Selection Committee. A lifetime resident of the Nederland and Beaumont area, Ms. Pierce is active in the LIVESTRONG Organization and Relay for Life.