Loyola University Maryland

Office of Undergraduate Studies

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General Contact Information

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
For general inquiries:
(P) 410-617-5547
(P) 410-617-2849
(F) 410-617-5623

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Our Team

Elissa M. Derrickson, Ph.D.
Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Maryland Hall 145

Mary Beth Mudric, Ph.D.
Interim Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Maryland Hall 145

Leslie Chiles, M.A.
Program Director for Student Success Initiatives

Ms. Jan Vohrer
Executive Assistant

Ms. Sarah E. Lewis
Program Assistant for the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Messina, National Fellowships, and Pre-Health Programs

Elissa M. Derrickson, Ph.D.

Elissa M Derrickson Ph.D. is an associate professor of biology and dean of undergraduate 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.

Mary Beth Mudric, Ph.D.

Mary Beth joined the Loyola University Maryland community in 2004 and has served as the director of student support services since 2007. Prior to coming to Loyola, Mary Beth spent 10 years at The Johns Hopkins University Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit. Mary Beth earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wheeling Jesuit University, her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland, and her Doctorate of Philosophy in Education Policy, Planning, and Administration, from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Leslie Chiles, M.A.

Leslie A. Chiles, M.A., is the Program Director for Student Success Initiatives. She holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Towson University. She joined the Loyola community in 2006 as an Assistant Director in the Academic Advising and Support Center (AASC). She assumed the role of Associate Director in 2017 and joined the Office of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies in 2019.

Leslie is Loyola’s Learning Disabilities Specialist and manages a caseload of over 200 students with Learning Disabilities and ADHD. She works closely with Disability Support Services to support these students in accessing their accommodations and meeting their needs. Leslie works closely with Loyola students who have been placed on academic probation, managing that process and providing individual and group support to assist students in attaining good academic standing. She is the academic co-coordinator of the Ignatius Scholars Program which provides opportunities to students who identify as first-generation college students, demonstrate significant financial need, or come from diverse backgrounds.

Ms. Jan Vohrer

Jan provides administrative support to the Dean of Undergraduate 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 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.

Ms. Sarah E. Lewis

Sarah Lewis graduated from Winthrop University with a B.A. 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 Studies, providing support to Messina, National Fellowships, and Pre-Health Programs. She participates in the Loyola Chamber Ensemble, and works with first-year students as a Messina mentor. 

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