Welcome from Amy R. Wolfson
This past summer I moved from Worcester, Mass., where I’d lived for nearly 25 years. I quickly started to explore all that the Baltimore community has to offer and began to meet many members of the Loyola community. I have found that Loyola has a warm, welcoming environment, and I look forward to getting to know all of my colleagues in the faculty and administration, as well as Loyola students and alumni in the coming year.
Already, faculty members have shared with me how much they enjoy teaching and collaborating with Loyola students. They are engaged, eager to learn, open to new ideas, creative, and engaged (or open to engaging) with the Baltimore community. I feel so fortunate to be here.
Central to my role as Loyola’s vice president for academic affairs is collaborating with my colleagues in strategic planning for academic affairs. I will provide leadership and oversight for all facets of academic life at Loyola, including faculty recruitment and development; undergraduate and graduate programs in Loyola College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, and the Sellinger School of Business and Management; the Loyola Clinical Centers; Loyola/Notre Dame Library; and offices of research and sponsored programs, international programs, student records, and academic advising
Critical to my leadership is supporting a diverse and outstanding faculty, and generally cultivating an inclusive working, learning, and research environment within academic affairs and throughout Loyola. In the coming year I will be working closely with my talented, dedicated leadership team in academic affairs.
I have asked Brian Norman, in his role as faculty development fellow, to provide collaborative leadership regarding faculty development throughout one’s academic career, to foster diversity and inclusion initiatives, and to provide support to our faculty searches. Throughout the year, with the help and guidance of the Loyola community, I will examine the University’s strengths, needs, and opportunities in preparation for creating a permanent position in faculty affairs and diversity.
I will work closely with Jen Lowry, associate vice president for academic affairs, who provides oversight for undergraduate education and our shared governance system, and Marie Kerins, associate vice president for research and graduate affairs, who collaborates with the deans in ensuring the quality of graduate education across the three schools.
My leadership team and I look forward to hearing ideas or questions about academic planning, diversity, undergraduate and graduate curricula and programming, research and scholarship, faculty development, online learning, educational technology, etc.
I am honored to be the vice president for academic affairs and to collaborate with the Loyola community. Best wishes to our students, faculty, and all members of the Loyola community for a wonderful fall semester and 2014-15 academic year!