Loyola University Maryland

The Office of Academic Affairs

Welcome from the Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs

Dear Academic Affairs Colleagues, amanda thomas

Welcome to the 2017-18 academic year. I find that the beginning of the school year is an energizing time! We welcome new members of the faculty as well as new and returning students, look forward to opportunities to reconnect with colleagues, and consider the unlimited possibilities for learning, teaching, mentoring, and growth that a new beginning brings. We have experienced many recent transitions and changes across the institution, and that can bring questions and concerns. I hope you will join me in embracing the many wonderful possibilities for connection and collaboration that come with this new start.

As I have worked with the leadership of the academic division this summer, I have been reminded of the importance that the teachings of St. Ignatius are to us as members of an academic community at a Jesuit university.  Perhaps the teaching that is most important to me is the assumption of the good will of the other. It is also important to engage in authentic listening, encouragement of one another, and to remember the importance of context in any interaction. Perhaps you have your own take on this teaching; perhaps you have other quotes from St. Ignatius or other Jesuits that inspire you. I invite you to join the conversation on the Academic Affairs interactive blog where information about events and happenings can be found throughout the year.

Top of mind for many of us as we begin our work this semester is the recent tragedy and intolerable acts of racism and bigotry displayed in Charlottesville. It is the responsibility of an intellectual community to think together, and our Jesuit mission calls us to a higher aim of working toward social justice. The stance of assuming the good in others will help lead us to a place of open dialogue, honest conversation, and healing as we strive to live the values of Loyola University Maryland. Working with colleagues across the university, Dr. Cheryl Moore-Thomas, Interim Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Diversity, has pulled together resources to help with these conversations in and outside of the classroom. 

Information for the Start of the Year

Welcome Week Events

  • New Faculty Orientation, Monday, August 28, McGuire Hall East: View Schedule (PDF).
  • New Part Time Faculty Orientation, Tuesday, August 29, Timonium Graduate Campus: schedule (PDF) View Schedule (PDF).
  • Teaching Enhancement Workshop, focused on Student-driven Learning and High-impact Teaching Practices, Wednesday, August 30, McGuire Hall: View Schedule.
  • New Student Convocation, Thursday, August 31, 4 p.m., Reitz Arena
  • Faculty Assembly, report from Reimagining, Friday, September 8, 3-5 p.m., 4th Floor Program Room

What’s Happening Throughout the Year?

Academic Excellence Weekend: April 20-22, 2018. The weekend will focus on graduate and undergraduate work and achievement beginning with the Undergraduate Student Research and Scholarship Colloquium and the Emerging Scholars graduate research event Friday evening and continue with honor society inductions, including Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Alpha Sigma Nu, and a reception to celebrate academic excellence.

Who Does What in Academic Affairs?

Dr. Jen Lowry, Associate Vice President for Academic Student Affairs, jlowry@loyola.edu, oversees academic advising, student academic support services, and study abroad, as well as Messina, National Fellowships, international programs, international student services, and the records office. Dr. Lowry also oversees governance. 

Dr. Cheryl Moore-Thomas, Interim Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Diversity, cmoore4@loyola.edu, oversees faculty development, faculty hiring, academic diversity and inclusion, graduate student policies, and institutional assessment.

For more information on all positions in Academic Affairs, visit the Academic Affairs Leaders webpage.

New to the Academic Division

We are pleased to announce five academic division leadership appointments beginning AY18.

Andrea Giampetro-Meyer will serve as Interim Director of National Fellowships this year. Professor Giampetro-Meyer earned a law degree (J.D.) from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary and an undergraduate business economics degree from Bowling Green State University. She has served in several administrative roles at the University, including department chair, inaugural academic director of the Emerging Leaders MBA program, and Faculty Chair of the Kolvenbach Summer Research Program. She looks forward to collaborating with faculty and mentoring students as they seek national fellowships.

Victoria (Tori) Gue is serving as Interim Senior Associate Director for the Academic Advising and Support Center (AASC). Ms. Gue earned a M.A. in Contemporary Communications from Notre Dame of Maryland University. For the past five years, she has served as Advising Specialist in AASC with a focus on transfer course articulations and providing academic support for prospective and incoming transfer students. Ms. Gue brings her knowledge of academic policy and experience working with faculty, students, and administrators to her new position.

Robert Kenyon will serve as Interim Director of Digital Teaching and Learning this year. Dr. Kenyon earned an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University. He most recently served as a lecturer in the Educational Technology program at Loyola. Dr. Kenyon brings his college teaching experience and his wealth of experience as an educational technology director at several K-12 schools throughout the United States to his new position.

Lisa Oberbroeckling, Dean of the Class of 2022, will serve as Interim Academic Co-Director of Messina for AY18. Mike Puma continues as Student Development Co-Director and will partner with Lisa in shepherding the program. Dr. Oberbroeckling earned her B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Iowa, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Oregon. During her 15 years at Loyola, she has taught regularly in Loyola’s first-year programs. She brings her strategic and operational experience from her engagement in the Phase II and Strategic Planning initiatives, as well as her acumen and experience as a tenured faculty member, to her new role.

Julie Ryder has been promoted to Director of Research and Sponsored Programs. She earned her bachelor’s degree and MBA from Loyola University Maryland. For the past six years she served as Assistant Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Ms. Ryder brings to her new position her deep knowledge of all aspects of the grant life cycle and a commitment to advancing Loyola’s mission by supporting faculty and administrators in advancing their work through the pursuit of grant funding.

Reminders Regarding Class Meetings, Final Exams, and Syllabi

As you finalize your syllabi for the semester, please adhere to University policies that ensure that courses meet for all scheduled classes, including before and after holiday breaks, with final exams during the University-approved exam period. Final exams should be administered in every undergraduate course unless you have a compelling pedagogical reason to replace a given exam with an appropriate substitute and have permission of your chair (Faculty Handbook VIII.R). In undergraduate classes, finals are to be given according to the schedule published by the Records Office and may not be given during a regular class period. See the student exam schedule to determine when finals are to be given for these courses. Final examinations for graduate courses ordinarily are given during the final course period.

Please also consider adding the following information for students about Disability Support Services and the Counseling Center to your syllabi: 

The Counseling Center - Stress is a normal part of a being a student. However, if personal or emotional concerns are interfering with your ability to live and learn at Loyola, please stop by the Counseling Center in Humanities 150 or call 410-617-CARE (2273). More information can be found on the Counseling Center's website

Students with Disabilities – If you are registered with DSS and a faculty notification email has been sent to me on your behalf, please schedule a brief meeting during my office hours to discuss accommodations. If you need academic accommodations due to a disability you must register with Disability Support Services. For more information please visit the DSS website or contact DSS at DSS@loyola.edu or (410) 617-2750. 

I hope the above information is helpful. I look forward to having the opportunity to work with each of you in the coming academic year. 


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Amanda M. Thomas, Ph.D.
Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs