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Jan Belmonte

Executive Assistant

Contact

Office Location

440 Huntington Avenue
202 West Village H
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Jan Belmonte, 202 WVH
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Education

  • MFA in Photography, University of Delaware
  • BA in Art History, Wellesley College

What are the specifics of your educational/career background?

I was fascinated by the technological advances that led to the development of photography as an art history major at Wellesley College. I was an avid photographer from an early age and after college, I spent several years at the Maine Photo Workshops in Rockport, ME and then at the University of Delaware where I received my MFA in photography. The focus of my work is landscape and collage.

My professional experience is administrative in both the corporate and nonprofit worlds. For the past four years I worked in the Provost’s Office in faculty and academic affairs where I coordinated events such as new faculty orientations, programs for current faculty, the annual Klein Lecture, and college dean searches.

What are the key aspects of your role at Northeastern? What do you enjoy most about what you do?

I am thrilled to be working in the Dean’s Office to support Dean Brodley in her ambitious goals for the growth of the college. My role in the Provost’s Office gave me an understanding of academics at the university level and now I get to see the intricacies involved in the running of the College.

What’s the most compelling thing to you about the work that goes on at CCIS?

I am excited about the relationship between CCIS and Northeastern’s other colleges. How great is it that students can declare a combined major in computer science and another discipline like music composition, English, sociology or game design, just to name a few? And I think that interdisciplinary faculty appointments can be a great opportunity for faculty to forge relationships with enriched research and enhanced teaching through collaborations with colleagues in their secondary college.

Where did you grow up or spend your most defining years?

I spent my summers as a child with my grandparents first at an overnight camp in the Adirondacks and then on an island in the Penobscot Bay in Maine. My grandfather was a naturalist, botanist, and beekeeper; my grandmother baked pies, caned chairs, and quilted. As kids we were very in tune with nature and had a great respect for the ocean. I was always taking pictures with a little brownie camera!

What led you to work in your field and/or study at your college?

I always loved art and taking pictures. I spent a lot of time at the MFA on Sunday mornings when admission was free. In college, I began as a sociology major until I realized I could major in art history and switched! It was so much fun to study artists, their work, and how styles evolved over the centuries.