Class Deans

Meet Central College’s class deans: Jeremy Burke, Óscar Reynaga, Amy Young and Aleta Gustavson.

These incredible faculty members are there to support students throughout their time at Central. Starting at orientation and continuing through graduation, class deans remain with their class for all four years of those students’ academic careers. Your class dean is there to celebrate your achievements, answer questions, locate resources and navigate challenges.

Get to know these important, awesome resources who want to connect and enrich your Central experience!

Class of 2028 — Aleta Gustavson

Aleta Gustavson
Aleta Gustavson

Assessment Coordinator for Education

Aleta Gustavson, assessment coordinator for education and adjunct faculty, is class dean for Central’s Class of 2028. Gustavson received her B.S. in sociology and psychology at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri. She received her M.A. in sociology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. In 2015, she joined Central’s sociology team as an adjunct faculty and continued to teach until spring 2023. She began her role as assessment coordinator for education in 2017.

Class of 2027 — Óscar Reynaga

Oscar Reynaga
Oscar Reynaga

Senior Lecturer of Spanish

Óscar Reynaga, senior lecturer of Spanish, is class dean for Central’s Class of 2027. Reynaga received his B.A. degree in psychology and Spanish from the University of California Berkeley and his M.A. in Spanish from University of Iowa. He joined the department of modern languages at Central College in 2007. In addition to teaching Spanish and “Hispanics/Latinos in the U.S.,” he has taught an honors seminar, Intersections and co-developed short-term off-campus experiences for Central students in Merida and Peru.

Class of 2026 — Jeremy Burke

Jeremy Burke
Jeremy Burke

Pre-Health Advisor and Career Services Specialist

Jeremy Burke, pre-health advisor and fellowship advisor, is the class dean for Central’s Class of 2026. He joined the Career Development and Civic Engagement team in 2021. This will be his first class serving as a class dean. Burke has a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and a Bachelor of Science in environmental biology from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. He went on to earn a master’s degree in philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and an MFA in creative writing (poetry) from University of New Orleans.

Burke has many years of advising students in pre-health programs including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, genetic counseling, physician assistant, public health, veterinary medicine and optometry. Since 1999, he also has served as a writing tutor, honors student advisor and associate director of general education. In addition to numerous publications and awards in poetry, Burke has taught courses at St. Ambrose University, University of the Holy Cross in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Loyola University New Orleans.

Class of 2025 — Amy Young

Amy Young
Amy Young

Associate Professor of German

Amy Young, associate professor of German, is the class dean for Central’s Class of 2025. This will be her first class serving as a class dean. Young has a bachelor’s degree in German and political science from Simpson College. She earned her master’s degree from Bowling Green State University and her doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Young has taught at Central since 2008 with an emphasis on 20th century German and Austrian literature and culture, women’s and gender studies, sustainability and translation.

Her service to Central also includes as Intersections Director (2017-2019); election to the Personnel Committee and former International Programs Committee; appointment as faculty representative to the Board of Trustees (Student Development Committee); and three years on the former campus life committee, including a term as chair and one as secretary.

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