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University of Pittsburgh


Department Administrator
Fiscal Manager

1518 Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

A Pittsburgh native, Alana Dunn joined the Department of German in August 2011 after having spent the previous eight years in North Carolina. She received her BA in International Studies from Elon University and spent the next four years working in international education. Alana’s organizational skills and attention to detail keep the department running smoothly.


Alana also serves as the fiscal manager for the languages and Classics departments:

  • Tracks faculty travel/research funds and start-up funds
  • Advises on University policies and procedures for purchases and reimbursements
  • Processes travel advances
  • Processes travel requests
  • Processes honoraria (domestic/international)
  • Manages event budgets
  • Approves all reimbursements, disbursements, service agreements, purchases
  • Manages all operating, endowment and gift accounts


Additional Support Staff




Keanna Cash

Graduate Administrator

412-624-5227; 1301A CL

  • Manages graduate admissions, readmission and change of status
  • Tracks milestones, including reports of examinations
  • Manages fellowship application process
  • Coordinates extensions and leaves of absence
  • Assists with certification for graduation
  • Coordinates graduate student travel grants
  • Acts as liaison for graduate student benefits


Lucy DiStazio

Administrative Assistant

412-624-5225; 1309 CL

  • Assists directors of undergraduate studies
  • Requests classroom changes
  • Coordinates book orders and desk copies
  • Collects syllabi
  • Requests and uploads course descriptions
  • Requests office hours
  • Coordinates undergraduate symposia
  • Coordinates photocopying of class materials


Paula Locante

Website Maintenance, Immigration Specialist

412-624-5568; 2714 CL

  • Coordinates SPP requests
  • Maintains website and contributes to website redesign process
  • Liases with event coordinator regarding event promotion and advertising
  • Assists with visa processing for permanent residency and H1B candidates


Monika Losagio

Administrative Officer

412-624-5221; 1328 CL

  • Liaises with department chairs, A&S dean’s office
  • Liaises with Payroll Administrator
  • Coordinates strategic planning initiatives
  • Manages all staff personnel
  • Manages faculty actions, including sabbaticals and leaves
  • Coordinates faculty recruitment, tenure and promotion
  • Oversees third year reviews and contract renewals
  • Liaises with OIS for immigration issues
  • Manages compliance reporting


Christine Metil

Academic Coordinator

412-624-5906; 1228 CL

  • Coordinates course scheduling process
  • Coordinates submission of new course proposals
  • Updates information in PeopleSoft
  • Provides support for all academic matters


Taylor Pipkin

Event Coordinator

412-624-4494; 1501 CL

  • Coordinates all event logistics (room reservations, catering, facilities setup)
  • Liaises with visitors regarding transportation and lodging
  • Liases with fiscal manager regarding event budgets


John Willard

Payroll Administrator

412-624-3483; 917 CL

  • Manages all payroll actions for new hires, rehires, reappointments, terminations
  • Manages SPARs