DeFusco-Sullivan served for many years as a faculty member at Northern Essex Community College and Middlesex Community College. She was also an academic advisor and adjunct in the English Department at Boston College, and while there, spent a decade as Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, and as English Program Director in the Sr. Thea Bowman AHANA Center’s “Options Through Education” bridge program for first generation college students.
In addition to her committee work at NSCC, she is a member of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), the Advancing a Massachusetts Culture of Assessment (AMCOA) Working Group, the Massachusetts Task Force on Statewide Assessment, the Massachusetts Civic Learning Team and the Mass Team. She is a published author and has served as an educational consultant and editor.
A native of Lawrence, MA, DeFusco-Sullivan holds an M.A. in English from Boston College and a B.A. in English from Merrimack College and is currently a doctoral candidate at Boston College. She resides in Methuen, MA with her husband, Stephen J. Sullivan.