Elissa M. Derrickson, Ph.D.
Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies
Maryland Hall 145
Rodney L. Parker, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies
Maryland Hall 145
Ms. Jan Vohrer
Ms. Sarah E. Lewis
Program Assistant for the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies,
Messina, National Fellowships, and Pre-Health Programs
Elissa M. Derrickson, Ph.D., Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies
Elissa M Derrickson Ph.D. is an associate professor of biology and dean of undergraduate and graduate studies. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Shippensburg University and a doctorate from The University of Pennsylvania. After a postdoctoral appointment at the National Zoo (Smithsonian Institution) and a NATO postdoctoral appointment at the University of Western Ontario, she came to Loyola in 1988. She 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.
She has taught a Messina course on Food, introductory courses in the biology department, and upper-level courses on Evolution, Comparative Physiology, and the Biology of Mammals. Early in her career, she received the Harry W. Rodgers III Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award. Her research has focused on the nexus of mammalian body condition, evolution and life history. Her most recent research has focused on the effect of dietary protein levels on changes in physiology and reproductive potential of species with broad habitat ranges. This research has resulted in several national and international meeting presentations and publications with undergraduate research students.
Dean Derrickson's office is in Maryland Hall 145. You can make an appointment to see her by calling ext. 5547. You can also reach her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rodney L. Parker, Ph.D. is the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies and an affiliate faculty member of theology. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University, Master of Divinity and Master of Theology from Duke University, and a Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling and a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Loyola University Maryland. He joined the Loyola community in 2002 and served for two and a half years as an Assistant Director in the Center for Community Service and Justice, formerly known as the Center for Values and Services. In 2005, he assumed the role of Director of ALANA Services and continued to lead the expansion of this office and role until July 2019 when he assumed the role of Assistant Dean.
Dr. Parker has extensive experience working with first-year students on their acclimation to Loyola University Maryland, leading programs such as the Ignatius Scholars Program (ISP), Multicultural Awareness Program (MAP) and ALANA Mentoring Program (AMP) the during his 14-year tenure in ALANA Services. He has also served as a Messina Mentor to first-year students for five years. As the former chair of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Conference of Diversity and Equity, Dr. Parker hopes to bring his expertise in diversity and inclusion to his new role as Assistant Dean. Dr. Parker will be responsible for working with first-year students this upcoming academic year, and he will be working with first-year and second-year students in the subsequent years. Dr. Parker stated, “I remember as a first-generation college student that I believed everyone else knew everything that they needed to succeed. I later learned that there were a host of resources and people to help me to succeed! For this reason, I look forward to working with you on your academic journey.”
Dean Parker’s office is in Maryland Hall 145. You can make an appointment to see him by calling ext. 2849. You can also reach him by email at email@example.com.
Ms. Jan Vohrer, Executive Assistant
Jan provides administrative support to the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies as well as the scheduling and coordination of the Undergraduate Studies Advisory Board. She works closely with the Dean and the Director of the Academic Advising and Support Center on all university leave of absences, withdrawals and academic standards issues. Before coming to the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies Office, Jan worked for the Sellinger School of Business and Management in the Graduate Business Programs Office as an Office Manager for 14 years.
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Ms. Sarah E. Lewis, Program Assistant for the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies, Messina, National Fellowships, and Pre-Health Programs
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 Undergraduate and Graduate Studies, providing support to the Messina, National Fellowships, and Pre-Health Programs, as well as to the class deans. She also works with students as a Messina mentor, and serves as Green Office Representative.
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