Christina Spearman, Ed.D., named dean of students for Loyola University Maryland
Loyola University Maryland announced that Christina Spearman, Ed.D., will serve as the new dean of students beginning July 1, 2017, and support the work of Donelda Cook, Ph.D., who will become vice president for student development the same day.
In her role, Spearman will supervise and collaborate with the directors of student life and technology and graduate student services, as well as the co-director of Messina, Loyola’s living learning program for first-year students. She will also coordinate professional development for the student development division and provide strategic leadership for student experiences that promote healthy residential living and encourage engaged student co-curricular learning.
“Dr. Spearman brings a wealth of experience to her new position as dean of students, from her years overseeing inclusive community engagement and conduct in the office of student life, developing discernment programs when she served as director of sophomore initiatives, and understanding and responding to the developmental tasks of emerging adult students and their parents,” Cook said. “I am excited to continue working together in our expanded roles at Loyola.”
Since arriving at Loyola in July 2007 as associate director of student life for judicial affairs, Spearman has served as director of sophomore initiatives, director of student life, and assistant dean of students. She previously worked at East Carolina University and Clemson University.
“What I have enjoyed so much about working at Loyola is the sense of community,” Spearman said. “I want to continue to build and expand that sense of community, with a focus on inclusion and fostering a strong connection to our core values and Jesuit mission.”
Spearman earned a bachelor of science in communication from Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Ga., a master of education in counselor education, with a concentration in student affairs, from Clemson University, and a doctor of education in educational leadership, with a concentration in higher education, from East Carolina University.
“We are sowing seeds for the future. Our students will go on to do things we will never do ourselves. I believe in our students and the gifts and talents they possess to make our world a better place. That’s at the core of the work that we do,” Spearman said. “We want students to be successful here, develop a strong sense of belonging, hone their critical thinking skills, understand and appreciate difference, learn about the value of community, and graduate ready and trained to make a difference in the world.”