A 2001 graduate of Loyola University Maryland, James Dickinson, Ph.D., will begin as Loyola’s assistant vice president for career services on Sept. 6.
Dickinson has served as director of operations training and development for Johns Hopkins HealthCare since February 2015. In a previous position at Johns Hopkins, he was an organization development and training consultant. Prior to working at Hopkins, Dickinson was director of programs and leadership development for Business Volunteers Maryland and senior human resources analyst and senior organization development consultant for Erickson Retirement Communities.
“When I think about St. Ignatius and his initial teachings, he encouraged people to identify their individual talents and figure out how the world needs them. That’s a great starting point for how you find a successful and fulfilling career,” Dickinson said. “As an alumnus, I know firsthand how Loyola helps guide you through academic and personal growth. It’s such a great environment to start thinking about how you want to take those learning experiences and apply them to a career. And I think that model of education really positions Loyola grads to be well-prepared for the workplace.”
Dickinson is looking forward to building deeper connections with Loyola’s alumni network.
“We have this community of people who have shared the Loyola experience, and there are many alumni who have recently taken that first career step that our upcoming graduates will soon go through,” he said. “Having the potential to connect recent alumni with current class members is an enormous opportunity, and it also gives alumni the chance to be a mentor and share advice. I’m excited about how we can expand those connections.”
After graduating from Loyola with a major in psychology and a minor in writing, Dickinson earned an M.S. in Applied Psychology and a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Clemson University.
He was selected after a national search for the new position.
“During the interview process, Jim demonstrated his understanding of and commitment to our institutional mission and shared creative ideas on how to engage our students with our alumni, and his enthusiasm for building upon our employer relations in all fields of industry was clear,” said Susan M. Donovan, Ph.D., executive vice president of Loyola. “He brings a wealth of experience. We are delighted that he will be returning to his alma mater to provide leadership and build upon the strong student outcomes The Career Center is already achieving.”
The assistant vice president for career services position was created to address the increased importance of Loyola's career services in today's competitive, challenging, outcomes- and job-oriented environment. The Career Center was formerly led by CreSaundra Sills, Ph.D., who retired earlier this year as director.
The Career Center helps Loyola students and alumni discover their career passion by integrating the Jesuit core values and introducing a lifelong process of personal discovery and discernment. This process helps students discover their unique talents and gifts, as well as their life’s direction in relationship to their individual needs and their connections with others in a community. The Career Center offers many services to assist in this process and continuously strives to educate, develop community, and promote partnerships with students, alumni, faculty, and employers.
More information about The Career Center is available at loyola.edu/department/thecareercenter.