Loyola University Chicago

Office of the Dean of Students

Division of Student Development

Meet our DOS Team

OFFICE OF THE DEAN OF STUDENTS
Will Rodriguez, Ph.D.  Dean of Students & Assistant Vice President, Student Life & Engagement
‌‌‌

Dean of Students and Assistant Vice President Will Rodriguez, Ph.D. (he/him/his), joined Loyola in November of 2017. Will received his Ph.D. in Higher Education from Loyola, an M.S.Ed. from Northern Illinois University, and a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to joining us at Loyola, Will worked as the Associate Dean of Students and Ombudsperson at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Will brings with him years of experience in student success, crisis management, diversity, and student advocacy.

Will credits much of his leadership style and approach toward serving students to the values he learned from the sisters at a two-year college known at the time as Felician College. It was there that Will, as a first-generation college student, was exposed to an educational mission that focused on social justice and a deep sense of caring for others — ideals that not only mirror the Catholic, Jesuit mission of Loyola but also resonate with Will personally and professionally.

When Will is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, engaging in community service, mixing music, and riding his bike all around Chicago. Will has also been known to provide guided bicycle tours of the city to family, friends, and even students!

Tim Love, J.D.  Associate Dean of Students
Headshot of Tim Love

Associate Dean of Students Tim Love, J.D., M.S. (he/him/his), coordinates the daily efforts of the Office of the Dean of Students in responding to student concerns.

A proud Rambler double-alum (College of Arts and Sciences and School of Law), Tim believes deeply in the value and role of Jesuit higher education as a catalyst for social justice. Since completing his undergraduate degree, Tim has worked as a Student Life Assistant at the John Felice Rome Center, taught high school in Micronesia through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and worked with fraternity and sorority students at Texas State University San Marcos. Tim also earned his Masters in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University, where he worked with international students and students in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

Tim has been working in the Division of Student Development at Loyola since 2008. After working in other capacities in the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution and Department of Residence Life, Tim’s responsibilities now include leading Loyola’s Behavioral Concerns Team, assisting with the needs of undocumented students, and responding to reports of bias, discrimination, or other misconduct experienced within the Loyola community.

Tim lives in Edgewater with his partner (also a Loyola alum!), their two young daughters, and the family dog, and is grateful for the opportunity to continue supporting and advocating for students experiencing crisis, trauma, or other difficulty in their college or personal lives.

Paige Gardner, M.Ed.  Assistant Dean of Students & CARE Case Manager
Picture of Paige Gardner wearing glasses and a pink professional blouse

Assistant Dean of Students Paige Gardner, M.Ed. (she/her/hers), builds resiliency and persistence among students by serving as lead case manager for Coordinated Assistance and Resource Education (CARE) Services.

Prior to joining Loyola University Chicago, Paige graduated from Seattle University with a Master of Education in Student Development Administration. Her graduate internships and professional interests focused primarily on the development of mentorship programs for underrepresented students, facilitation of cultural competency trainings, and leadership development for college students. She then worked in Residence Life at the University of California Santa Barbara before joining Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Loyola in 2013.

Since coming to Loyola, Paige’s passion for Jesuit education has deepened, and the value of cura personalis now guides her in developing intentional relationships and holistic experiences with and for students. Paige also remains committed to providing students with proactive strategies that support student activism, leadership, and community efforts towards justice and transformative education.

Finally, Paige is a student herself! As a third year doctoral student in the School of Education, Paige enjoys helping students, staff, and faculty to expand their awareness, knowledge, and skills through trainings and workshops oriented towards social justice and diversity. Paige will continue to cultivate spaces that empower students to build inclusive environments, think critically, and successfully navigate their Loyola experience.

[VACANCY]  Assistant Dean of Students & Title IX Deputy Coordinator
‌‌‌

Our former Assistant Dean and Title IX Deputy Coordinator, Jessica Landis, recently left the University to pursue another professional opportunity. We are currently searching for a new assistant dean to fill this role.

In the meantime, Associate Dean Tim Love is serving as the interim Title IX Deputy Coordinator, and is responsible for ensuring the timely, impartial, and effective resolution of all Title IX complaints involving students and is the primary point of contact for supporting student safety and addressing other bias/equity issues.

Amber Miller, L.C.P.C.  Assistant Dean of Students & BCT Case Manager

Assistant Dean Amber Miller, L.C.P.C. (she/her/hers), is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois and a Loyola University Chicago graduate. She obtained her MEd in Community Counseling from Loyola University Chicago in 2005 and worked as a psychotherapist in the nonprofit sector for over 5 years. In 2010, Amber transitioned into higher education at Columbia College-Chicago as the Assistant Director of Student Relations. There, she assisted students in crisis and collaborated with Campus partners to ensure student success.

In 2014, Amber returned to her alma mater to join the Student Life and Engagement team as the Behavioral Concerns Team Case Manager. Amber is also a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia and a former Mizzou Golden Girl. In addition to helping Loyola students, Amber provides individual, family, and couples counseling in her private practice in Old Town.

Jo Anne Walsh  Administrative Assistant
‌‌

Fresh from the University of Iowa, Administrative Assistant Jo Anne Walsh (she/her/hers) joined advertising giant Young & Rubicam where she sharpened her advertising skills until joining Scholastic Inc. as Midwest Marketing Director. Jo Anne worked with the likes of Hallmark and SC Johnson developing and implementing quality “in-classroom” marketing programs. Ten years later, Jo Anne was wooed into joining the family business centered in real estate, and became an administrator and real estate agent.

Exposure to quality education models via her children’s schools led Jo Anne to leave the real estate business in 2012 and find a position in education at Loyola's Division of Student Development. As she rides into the sunset of her career, Jo Anne enjoys being in a position where she can assist the quality work being done with and for all our students.