Loyola University Maryland

Office of the Dean of First-Year Students and Academic Services

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Douglas Harris, Ph.D. Dean of First-Year Students and Academic Services; Co-Director of Messina

Doug Harris joined Loyola’s political science department in the Fall of 2002 after having been assistant professor of government, politics, and political economy at the University of Texas at Dallas. Prior to that, he was also a visiting faculty member at Colgate University and Johns Hopkins University. His research on congressional leadership, party and media politics, and American political history has been published in several scholarly journals and edited collections. He is co-author of The Austin-Boston Connection: Fifty Years of House Democratic Leadership (Texas A&M University Press, 2009) and co-editor of Doing Archival Research: A New Mode of Research in Political Science (forthcoming from Cambria Press). Active in his discipline, Harris served as guest editor of a symposium for the journal P.S.: Political Science and Politics and he has been a member of the Program Committee of the Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association since 2006 as co-chair of the section on “Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Social Movements.

At Loyola, Harris teaches courses on Congress, American political parties, media and politics, public policy, and American political development. And, he has taught an introductory American politics course, called “Political Conversations:  Pursuing the Common Good in America,” in Loyola’s Alpha Program for the last eight years. Committed to students, he has directed the Political Science Internship Program, mentored students in numerous independent research projects, and moderated several student organizations including Loyola’s Omicron Mu chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha (the National Political Science Honor Society); under his direction in 2006, Loyola won a “best chapter” award from the national Pi Sigma Alpha organization. Associate professor of political science since 2006, he chaired the department in 2010-2011.

Dedicated to Loyola and its Jesuit mission, Harris has been a member of the Academic Senate, the Honors Executive Board, the Faculty Affairs Committee, and an ex officio member of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and the Center for the Humanities Steering Committee  In 2009, he participated in the “Faculty Seminar on Ignatian Pedagogy and Interdisciplinary Teaching” and, in 2010, he was one of several Loyola faculty members to attend the “Eastern Conversations” conference of faculty from East coast Jesuit institutions to discuss academics, mission, and identity in Jesuit education. He was appointed director of Loyola’s Honors Program in 2010 after having been assistant director since 2008; he left this position (and chair of political science) to become co-director of Messina

Ms. Jan Vohrer, Executive Assistant

Jan provides administrative support to the Dean of First-Year Students and Academic Services as well as the scheduling and coordination of the Dean of First-Year Students Advisory Board.  She works closely with the Dean on special projects and issues of concern.

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Ms. Sarah E. Lewis, Program Assistant for the Dean of First-Year Students, Messina, and National Fellowships

Sarah graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art and a minor in mathematics. Shortly after graduation, she moved to Japan as a participant in the JET Programme, living and working as an English teacher in the port city of Kobe from 2009 to 2014. Sarah currently works within the office of the Dean of First-Year Students, providing support to the Dean as well as to the Messina, National Fellowships, and Pre-Health Professions programs. She also serves as Green Office Representative, along with Patrick Cassidy of Messina.

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