Loyola University Maryland

Office of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies

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View of the Chapel with Messina students from the Class of 2020 standing on the steps

Maryland Hall 145
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

For the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies and General Inquiries:
410-617-5547
jvohrer@loyola.edu

For the Class Deans and General Inquiries:
410-617-2849
selewis@loyola.edu

Fax:
410-617-5623

Our Team

Elissa M. Derrickson, Ph.D.
Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies
Maryland Hall 145
410-617-5547
ederrickson@loyola.edu

Rodney L. Parker, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies
Maryland Hall 145
410-617-2849
rparker1@loyola.edu

Birgit Albrecht, Ph.D.
Class Dean, Class of 2021
410-617-2849
balbrecht@loyola.edu

Lisa Oberbroeckling, Ph.D.
Class Dean, Class of 2022
410-617-2849
loberbroeckling@loyola.edu

Ms. Jan Vohrer
Executive Assistant
410-617-5547
jvohrer@loyola.edu

Ms. Sarah E. Lewis
Program Assistant for the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies, Messina, National Fellowships, and Pre-Health Programs
410-617-2849
selewis@loyola.edu

Elissa M. Derrickson, Ph.D.

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.

Rodney L. Parker, Ph.D.

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.”

Birgit Albrecht, Ph.D.

Dr. Birgit Albrecht, a native of Germany, was awarded her DPhil degree from the University of Oxford and was a post-doctoral research fellow at Yale University. Her research interests in physical, theoretical, and computational chemistry focus on computational studies of protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions at the interface of chemistry and biology. Last summer, she was co-PI for a National Science Foundation grant to establish a supercomputer at Loyola. Dr. Albrecht joined the Loyola community in 2007, has served as a core and major advisor, and is known for her dedication to her students. She has served multiple terms on the Academic Standards committee and the National Fellowship committee where she mentored students applying for Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Fulbright, and Goldwater scholarships. She is committed to continuing to improve the educational experience for our students and currently serves on the Reimagining the Curriculum Committee.  As a dedicated teacher-scholar, she has taken a specific interest in peer-led and active learning approaches and has used these pedagogical changes, as well as greater inclusion of technology, to foster a more active learning environment and to increase student engagement and retention. Most recently, she has spearheaded the Supplemental Instruction (SI) pilot program on campus by working collaboratively with the professionals at The Study to offer supplemental support to students in introductory chemistry courses.

Lisa Oberbroeckling, Ph.D.

Education
University of Oregon - Ph.D., Mathematics
University of Oregon - M.S., Mathematics
University of Iowa - B.S., Mathematics

As an undergraduate at the University of Iowa, Lisa participated in an undergraduate research program at the Clinical Trials Data Management Center (CTDMC). Upon graduating, she was hired full time at the CTDMC until she moved to Oregon for graduate school. After graduate school, Lisa joined the faculty at Loyola in the Fall of 2002.

She has published articles on her research in functional and numerical analysis and has spoken at many conferences on her research and her teaching, specifically on teaching the Programming in Mathematics course. Committed to the recruitment and the retention of all students in STEM, she has attended workshops on scientific teaching and high impact practices in higher education. She is currently a co-investigator on the NSF S-STEM grant that provides scholarships and mentoring to students of financial need majoring in computer science, physics, mathematics, and statistics (the CPaMS Scholars Program).

Lisa has taught MA151: Applied Calculus in the Messina program and taught numerous times in Loyola’s previous first-year programs. She has been actively involved in Loyola’s chapters of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa and Chi Alpha Sigma. Lisa is currently Loyola’s NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative.  Recently, Lisa co-chaired the Career Outcomes working group in forming Loyola’s current strategic plan The Ignatian Compass.

Ms. Jan Vohrer

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.

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, Pre-Health Programs, and the Class Deans. She participates in the Loyola Chamber Ensemble, and works with first-year students as a Messina mentor. 

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