440 Huntington Avenue
202 West Village H
Boston, MA 02115
ATTN: Kirsten Gilbert, 202 WVH
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Kirsten Gilbert is the Associate Dean of Administration and Finance at Northeastern’s College of Computer and Information Science. She oversees the research administration, finance, and personnel functions of CCIS. With a background in communications from the University of Connecticut and business administration from Northeastern University, Kirsten has worked at CCIS since 2009.
- MBA, Northeastern University
- BA in Communications, University of Connecticut
What are the specifics of your educational/career background?
I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Business Administration from Northeastern University. I started working at Northeastern University in in the Accounts Payable department and have worked in the College of Computer & Information Science since 2009. In addition to my degrees, I attended the HERS Wellesley Leadership Institute for female faculty and administrators in 2012.
What are the key aspects of your role at Northeastern? What do you enjoy most about what you do?
I oversee the research administration, finance, and personnel functions of CCIS. The most enjoyable aspect of my job is the collaborative and supportive environment that the college cultivates, as well as my passionate, forward-looking colleagues. The most interesting aspect of my job is the day to day variety of new challenges. I have learned to stop planning out my day the night before: the exciting and shifting challenges at work insure that no plan survives the first hour.
What’s the most compelling thing to you about the work that goes on at CCIS?
To me, the most compelling part of our faculty and staff’s research and work is their drive to solve real world challenges that are continually evolving. This evolution accelerates the university forward, and it provides a transformative experience for staff, faculty, and students.
Where did you grow up or spend your most defining years?
I grew up in Bristol, Connecticut, which is the home of ESPN and Lake Compounce – the oldest continuously-operating amusement park in the United States.
What led you to work in your field and/or study at your college? Any reason in particular why you opted for those particular schools/careers?
I studied communications for my undergraduate degree because I always wanted to be a broadcaster. I began my studies at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana because David Letterman was a major alumnus. Shortly after arriving, I realized that a broadcaster’s career was not the right path for me; as a result, I ended up finishing my degree in communication studies at UConn. After graduation, I worked in finance as I found a passion for numbers. My colleagues and friends recommended that I attend Northeastern’s MBA program, so I decided to follow my passion here.