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Loyola names Amy Wolfson, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs

February 26, 2014 | By Rita Buettner

Amy Wolfson
Amy Wolfson, Ph.D.

After completing a national search, Loyola University Maryland President Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., has named Amy Wolfson, Ph.D., to serve as vice president for academic affairs. Currently associate dean of the faculty and professor of psychology at the College of the Holy Cross, Wolfson will assume her new role at Loyola on July 1, 2014.

A member of the Holy Cross faculty since 1992, Wolfson was named full professor in 2006, chaired the psychology department from 2008-2010, and became associate dean in 2010. Wolfson has served on numerous major college committees and councils, including as chair of the Diversity Leadership Team for Holy Cross since 2012. In her role as associate dean, Wolfson serves on the president’s cabinet and reports directly to the dean of the college, who is the vice president for academic affairs at Holy Cross.

"Through her work for a fellow, prestigious Jesuit institution, Dr. Wolfson has established an outstanding reputation as an administrator, leader, teacher/mentor, and researcher-collaborator," said Fr. Linnane. "Dr. Wolfson has achieved significant milestones through her professional research and her administrative leadership at the College of the Holy Cross, and we look forward to benefiting from her contributions to the Loyola community at this key moment in the University’s history."

Wolfson earned a B.A. in Psychology, cum laude, from Harvard University and has her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Washington University, St. Louis. Wolfson has been published in several prestigious peer-reviewed journals and is the author of two books, The Woman’s Book of Sleep: A Complete Resource Guide and The Oxford Handbook of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Sleep and Behavior. Wolfson was awarded a six-year $1.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health in 2005 for her Young Adolescent Sleep-Smart Pacesetter Program—the largest individual grant awarded to a College of the Holy Cross faculty member.

At the College of the Holy Cross Wolfson is working closely with the vice president for academic affairs/dean of the college, the faculty committee on diversity and inclusion, and department chairs to develop strategies that will promote the hiring and retention of a more diverse faculty. She played a key role in inaugurating the Center for Teaching, which was supported with a three-year, $150,000 grant from the Andrew T. Mellon Foundation. She has participated in several meetings and conferences supported by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, including the Commitment to Justice in Higher Education at Fairfield University, the annual Arts and Sciences Deans’ Conference, the Seminar on Higher Education Leadership, and went on the Ignatian Pilgrimage alongside several Loyola faculty and administrators.

"As vice president for academic affairs, I will work collaboratively and constructively with the faculty, Fr. Linnane, the Board of Trustees, office of mission integration, and the Loyola and greater Baltimore communities to build and refine a distinctive Loyola, student-centered, Jesuit education, to further develop Loyola’s unique blend of liberal arts, civic engagement, and career development, and to promote faculty scholarship across the disciplines," Wolfson said.

Wolfson is married to Andrew Futterman, professor of psychology at the College of the Holy Cross, and their son, Noah Futterman, is a senior at Union College.

Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D., Loyola's current vice president for academic affairs and professor of mathematics and statistics, will be stepping down at the end of the 2013-14 academic year to become a full-time faculty member at Loyola. He has served as vice president for seven years.

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