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The Office of Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs Leaders

Amanda M. Thomas, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic AffairsAmanda Thomas

Amanda Thomas joined the Loyola faculty in 1991 in the department of psychology, was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 1997 and promoted to full professor in 2002. She served at Loyola as department chair, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and associate vice president for graduate studies. She served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Saint Joseph’s University and then Dean of Loyola College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University Maryland. Dr. Thomas received her B.A. from the College of William and Mary, a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, and completed her predoctoral internship in clinical psychology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is licensed to practice psychology in the state of Maryland. Dr. Thomas’s research focuses on family factors in adolescent functioning as well as anxiety disorders, particularly on the obsessive-compulsive spectrum. 

Email Amanda Thomas at athomas@loyola.edu.

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

Dr. 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.

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, Cindy 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. Cindy 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, Cindy supports the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate 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.

Cheryl J. Moore-Thomas, Ph.D., NCC, Associate Vice President for Graduate Academic Affairs and Diversity cheryl moore-thomas

 Cheryl Moore-Thomas joined the Loyola faculty as an assistant professor in 2000, was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 2007 and promoted to full professor in 2017. She served as associate dean of the School of Education, chair of the department of education specialties and director of the school counseling program. A graduate of Loyola, she holds a B.A. in elementary education and a M.Ed. in school counseling. She completed her Ph.D. in counselor education at the University of Maryland and is a board certified counselor through NBCC. Dr. Moore-Thomas is an active researcher with publications in the areas of racial identity development, multicultural counseling competence, college and career readiness, and access and equity in education. Working with the VPAA, Deans, and Academic Departments, Dr. Moore-Thomas provides strategic direction and oversight for all areas integral to graduate education including new program exploration and design, university academic policies and procedures, and graduate academic support services; leads diversity, inclusion, and equity initiatives in Academic Affairs; oversees the strategic digital pedagogy initiative and the Office of Digital Teaching and Learning; and oversees the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

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

Stephen E. Fowl, Ph.D., Dean of Loyola College stephen fowl

Stephen Fowl, Ph.D., 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.

Joshua S. Smith, Ph.D., Dean of School of Educationsmith

 Joshua S. Smith, Ph.D. is the dean of the School of Education at Loyola University Maryland. Smith earned his B.A. in U.S. History, M.S. in Educational Psychology and Statistics, and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Methodology from the 
University of Albany, State University of New York. Earlier in his career, he served as an academic advisor and later as director of assessment in the office of undergraduate studies at the University of Albany. Smith has been awarded over $3 million in external funding and he has 20+ publications in the areas of educational transitions. Awards and honors include the 2012 Student Government Associate Servant Leader Award, 2006 Indiana University Trustees’ Teaching Award and the National Advising Association’s 2002 Outstanding Advising Award. He is the immediate past-President of NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising, President for Maryland Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE), and President of the Education Conference of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU).

Email Joshua Smith at jssmith2@loyola.edu.

Kathleen A. Getz, Ph.D., Dean of the Sellinger School of Business and Management  


Kathleen Getz earned her B.S. in Human Development from The Pennsylvania State University, MBA. from Gannon University, and Ph.D. in Business Environment and Public Policy from the University of Pittsburgh. Her scholarship has considered issues at the intersection of corporate responsibility and economic development, focusing on the role of business in building peace, bribery and corruption, and voluntary codes of conduct. She has been a speaker for the Department of State International Visitors Program, the Washington Board of Trade, and other organizations. She is former associate editor for the journal Business & Society and Past President of the International Association for Business and Society. She held an Aspen Fellowship in 2000 and was elected as a Fellow of the International Association for Business and Society in 2006. Dr. Getz is actively engaged with the AACSB, serving on peer review teams and as a member of the Continuous Improvement Review Committee.

Email Kathleen Getz at kgetz@loyola.edu.

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

Dr. 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 will work closely with the Academic Advising and Support Center, The Study, and the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies. Dr. Derrickson will be a member of the Academic Affairs leadership team, and she will serve as a resource person for faculty, students, and parents.

Email Elissa Derrickson at ederrickson@loyola.edu.

Tracey D. Frey, Program Director for Academic Assessment and Effectivenesstracey 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.

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