Loyola University Maryland

The Office of Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs Leaders

 Cheryl Moore-Thomas, Ph.D., Acting Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairscheryl moore-thomas, acting provost and vice president for academic affairs

Cheryl Moore-Thomas joined the Loyola faculty in 2000 in the department of education, was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 2007, and promoted to full professor in 2017. She served at Loyola as program director, department chair, associate dean of the School of Education, associate vice president for graduate academic affairs and diversity, and chief equity and inclusion officer. Dr. Moore-Thomas received her B.A. and M. Ed. from Loyola, and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland College Park. She is a nationally certified counselor. Her research focuses on multicultural counseling, racial identity development, and college and career access and counseling for K-12 populations. Before joining Loyola’s faculty, Dr. Moore-Thomas worked in public education as a classroom teacher, school counselor, and district level administrator.

Email Cheryl Moore-Thomas at cmoore4@loyola.edu.

Kim C. Derrickson, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Academic Budgets, Data, and Governancekim derrickson

Kim Derrickson is an associate professor of biology currently serving in an administrative role, associate vice president for academic budgets, data, and governance. Within Academic Affairs, he provides oversight and planning of academic budgets, coordinates data analyses and modeling for academic projects, and, as the academic liaison to governance, assists the governance bodies with maintenance of governance documents, research on historical governance decisions, and as parliamentarian. Prior to assuming this role, he was the Chair of the Department of Biology. As a faculty member he recently taught an introductory course on ecology, evolution and biodiversity and upper level courses in animal behavior and evolution. He has also taught upper level courses in avian biology, ecology, conservation biology, and exploring ecosystems where he took classes to the Amazon Rainforest and our Desert Southwest. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and Smithsonian Institution. He has published over 20 scientific papers and given numerous professional presentations on the behavior of two local species, the Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) and Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina). Kim is recognized as one of the world’s experts on the Northern Mockingbird, a species with an exceptionally large vocal repertoire. He also participated in a long-term study at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute on the singing behavior and mating system of a Panamanian species, the Dusky Antbird (Cercomacra tyrannina). Colleagues have recognized his research and appointed him an Elective Fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Union. Dr. Derrickson earned his B.Sc. degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He was a Research Associate at the National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institute, before joining the faculty at Loyola.

Email Kim Derrickson at kderrickson@loyola.edu.

Beth A. Kotchick, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Graduate Academic Affairsbeth kotchick, associate vice president for graduate studies

Beth Kotchick is a professor of psychology currently serving as the associate vice president of graduate academic affairs.  She received her B.A. and M.A. from Loyola College in Maryland and earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Georgia. She joined Loyola as an assistant professor in the psychology department in 2003, was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 2009, served as department chair for six years and associate chair for two years, and was promoted to professor in 2020. Trained as a scholar-practitioner and licensed as a psychologist in the state of Maryland, she has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses on psychopathology, evidence-based practice with children and adolescents, and research methods, and has served as a clinical supervisor of doctoral students for the Psychology Division of the Loyola Clinical Centers. Her scholarship examines risk and protective factors that predict psychosocial functioning among children and adolescents, with a focus on parenting, and reflects her commitment to social justice, community-engaged research, and student mentoring. Dr. Kotchick has extensive experience working with faculty and administrators on issues related to curricular development and instruction and has contributed to several initiatives focused on the student experience at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. 

Email Beth Kotchick at bakotchick@loyola.edu.

Cindy L. Moore, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Academic Affairs and Faculty Developmentcindy moore

Cindy Moore joined Loyola in 2008 as Chair of the Department of Writing and from 2012 to 2018 served as both the associate dean of graduate programs and the associate dean of humanities and core curriculum in the Loyola College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to arriving at Loyola, Dr. Moore was a faculty member in the English departments of three mid-sized regional state universities, where she directed university-wide writing programs, trained graduate teaching assistants to teach introductory writing courses, and helped revise and assess writing curricula. Dr. Moore earned her Ph.D. in English, with a concentration in Composition and Rhetoric, from the University of Louisville. Her primary areas of scholarly expertise are writing pedagogy, professional development and mentoring, and program (including student-learning) assessment. Within Academic Affairs, Dr. Moore supports the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, the Records Office, the Office of International Programs, and International Student Services, as well as the Faculty Director of Community-Engaged Learning and Scholarship, the Director of National Fellowships, and the Pre-Law Adviser. She provides strategic support for a variety of university-wide faculty-development initiatives.

Email Cindy Moore at clmoore1@loyola.edu.

Tracey D. Frey, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Academic Assessmenttracey frey

Tracey Frey joined Loyola in 2009 to support the University’s institutional accreditation efforts for the 2010 Middle States Self-Study. She reported on progress of the 2008 Grounded in Tradition, Educating for the Future strategic plan, coordinated efforts for the 2015 Middle States Periodic Review Report, and served on the drafting committee for the University’s 2015-16 strategic planning efforts. She returns to Loyola after serving as Director of Accreditation and Compliance Services at Towson University, where she worked on the University Assessment Council and the Subcommittee on Institutional Effectiveness, coordinated the academic program review process, and maintained institutional accreditation. She joins the Office of Academic Affairs to strengthen a division-wide assessment system and to integrate program review and accreditation processes, as appropriate.

Email Tracey Frey at tdfrey@loyola.edu.

Stephen E. Fowl, Ph.D., Dean of Loyola Collegestephen fowl

Stephen Fowl began teaching in Loyola’s Department of Theology in 1989. Since then he has taught in all levels of the university. An internationally recognized scholar of the New Testament, Dr. Fowl has written or edited 12 books and more than 50 articles or chapters in books. In 2001 he won Loyola’s Nachbahr Award for outstanding scholarly contributions in the humanities. Prior to becoming dean, Dr. Fowl chaired the Theology Department, the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, and served a term as chair of the Academic Senate. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from Wheaton College and a Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield (UK). As Dean of Loyola College of Arts and Sciences Dr. Fowl oversees all aspects of academic life in the humanities, social sciences, and the natural and applied sciences.

Email Stephen Fowl at sfowl@loyola.edu.

Afra A. Hersi, Ph.D., Interim Dean of School of Educationafra hersi, interim dean of school of education

Afra Ahmed Hersi is the Interim Dean of the School of Education at Loyola University Maryland and a Professor in Literacy Teacher Education. Dr. Hersi joined the Teacher Education department faculty in 2007, received tenure and promotion to associate professor in 2013, and was promoted to professor of literacy teacher education in 2021. Dr. Hersi earned her B.A. in Social Studies and Secondary Education from Radford University, her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College, and her Ph.D., in Curriculum and Instruction: Language, Literacy, and Learning from Boston College. Over her the career, Dr. Hersi served as a classroom teacher, curriculum developer, research associate, and as an administrator for a community-based organization. Dr. Hersi has published research in the areas of immigration and education, literacy and language development for bilingual learners, culturally and linguistically responsive practice, and teacher education. Her focus is on academic opportunities for culturally and linguistically diverse students and research that expands the educational and life opportunities of marginalized children, their families, and communities. Founded in 2009, the School of Education offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. Within the Jesuit traditions of intellectual excellence, social justice, ethical responsibility, and cura personalis, the School of Education promotes leadership and scholarship in the development of teachers, counselors, administrators, and other educators.

Email Afra Hersi at ahersi@loyola.edu.

Bobby Waldrup, Ph.D., Interim Dean of the Sellinger School of Business and Managementbobby waldrup, interim dean of the sellinger school for business and management

Bobby Waldrup joined the Loyola University Maryland faculty in 2013 in the department of accounting as a professor. He has served at Loyola as a department chair, director of the ELMBA program, and associate dean of the Sellinger School of Business. He served as Associate Dean of the Coggin College of Business and as Associate Provost at the University of North Florida. Dr. Waldrup received his B.S. and MPA from Mississippi State University and Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi. Dr. Waldrup’s research focuses on financial and occupational fraud, particularly in forensic accounting.

Email Bobby Waldrup at bwaldrup@loyola.edu.

Elissa M. Derrickson, Ph.D., Dean of Undergraduate Studieselissa derrickson

Elissa Derrickson holds a doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is an associate professor in the Biology Department. She received the Harry W. Rodgers III Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award early in her career and has been active in engaging students in research, both in the classroom and in her laboratory where her current research focuses on the impact of protein deficient diets on the gastrointestinal tract and on female reproductive success. Her research has resulted in presentation and publication with students in national and international venues. Dr. Derrickson has served as chair of the Academic Senate for seven years, co-chair of a successful Middle States reaccreditation review, Interim Chair of the Biology Department, co-chair of the Pre-Health Professions Committee, and as a member of many university-wide committees. Dr. Derrickson will use her deep and wide-ranging institutional knowledge to help individual students in their formation during challenging times and to develop programs and practices that raise the academic success of all students. In her role as Dean, she works closely with the Academic Advising and Support Center, The Study, and the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Dr. Derrickson is a member of the Academic Affairs leadership team, and she serves as a resource person for faculty, students, and parents.

Email Elissa Derrickson at ederrickson@loyola.edu.

Marianna Carlucci, Ph.D., Equity and Inclusion Faculty Fellowmarianna carlucci

Marianna Carlucci joined the faculty at Loyola in 2011 and is an associate professor of psychology. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies and Ph.D. in Legal Psychology from Florida International University. Dr. Carlucci brings to the position her experiences listening, in various contexts, to the challenges faced by faculty members and students of color on our campus; working to ensure faculty evaluation practices are fair; serving on the UCC Diversity Designation Committee; and leading a department-level retreat focused on equity and inclusion. She is devoted to evidence-based decision practices and an intersectional lens in doing equity and inclusion work. Her main goals will be to focus on retaining faculty of color, expanding inclusive hiring practices, promoting the use of high-impact teaching practices, and increasing a sense of belongingness for faculty and students on campus. 

Email Marianna Carlucci at mecarlucci@loyola.edu.

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