Dear Graduate Students,
Welcome to the start of the Fall 2021 semester at Loyola University Maryland! Whether new or returning, online or in-person (or something in-between), part-time or full-time, attending classes on the Evergreen campus or one of our graduate centers in Timonium or Columbia or one of our satellite partner sites, you are all Graduate Greyhounds and an important part of our Loyola community. I hope your semester has gotten off to a good start so far!
I am delighted to introduce myself to you as the new Associate Vice President for Graduate Academic Affairs. My job is to support and facilitate the work of graduate program directors, department chairs, faculty, and administrative staff as they plan, develop, and implement the graduate programs and certificate programs you came to Loyola to pursue. I represent graduate programs at the highest level of discussion at the university, making sure that the issues that relate in both direct and indirect ways to your experience as a student are addressed and that resources are allocated to support graduate program success. I expect that many of you were not aware that this position even existed at Loyola, as much of my work is behind the scenes of your daily lives. However, I want you to know you have an advocate and cheerleader sitting at the table where major discussions related to the present and future of graduate education at Loyola occur. I bring to that table 18 years of experience as a member of the Psychology Department faculty, as well as the perspective of being a proud “Double Greyhound” alumna (BA 1991; MA 1993). During my time at Loyola, I have taught and advised graduate students, engaged in curriculum development and revision of graduate programs, served as a supervisor for graduate students at the Loyola Clinical Centers, mentored graduate student research, and worked closely with the graduate program directors with the Psychology Department as department chair. On a personal note, I’m a proud mother (of two humans and one dog) and a dedicated Orioles fan (no matter how painful that may be) who loves to cook and to relax alongside any body of water! I invite you to reach out or stop by to introduce yourself, and to let me know how I can best support you.
Seeing the Evergreen campus bustling with activity again creates a sense of hope and excitement as we start the fall semester. Yet, I recognize that we also face lingering uncertainty and concern from numerous challenges to our health and prosperity, not just from Covid-19 but also from racism, climate change, and instability and divisiveness at home and abroad. I take comfort in knowing we are in this together, a community of learners guided by Jesuit values that call us to care for the whole person, celebrate and protect diversity, fight for justice, and see the beauty in all things. Together we will celebrate our successes, grieve our losses, do hard things, and lift each other up. We appreciate the trust you have placed in us to help you achieve your professional goals, and we recognize the hard work and sacrifices that are required of you and your loved ones along the way. I sincerely hope that you feel welcomed, supported, and appreciated as you progress through your program of study at Loyola, and that you know that we are enormously proud of all of you.
Wishing you the best for the semester ahead,
Beth Kotchick, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President of Graduate Academic Affairs and Professor of Psychology
(Pronouns: she, her, hers)
Jenkins Hall 120-H