Laura J. Massa Named AVP for Academic Programs


Laura J. Maassa has been names associate vice president for academic programs.
Laura J. Maassa has been names associate vice president for academic programs.

Laura J. Massa has been named associate vice president for academic programs in the Division of Academic Affairs effective June 25.

Previously, Massa served as the director of assessment at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) since 2008. During her tenure, she guided LMU through the development and implementation of a university assessment plan, a plan that received commendation from the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Through consultations and educational resources at LMU, Massa provided support for degree program assessment, core curriculum (general education) assessment, academic program development and review, and disciplinary-accreditation. Last year, she published a book for faculty on how to engage in meaningful and manageable program assessment. She also shepherded faculty through successful proposals to offer LMU’s second and third online graduate degree programs.

Massa holds a doctorate from UC Santa Barbara in cognitive psychology with an emphasis in quantitative methods in the social sciences. Her master’s degree in psychology is from Sacramento State, and her undergraduate degree in psychology is from Dominican University of California.

The provost thanks Larisa Preiser-Houy for her service and support as the interim AVP and her leadership throughout the WSCUC accreditation process. To ensure continuity in the submission of the WSCUC self-study, Preiser-Houy will serve as special consultant for the WSCUC accreditation in fall 2018. In spring 2019, she will return to the associate dean position in the College of Business Administration.

The provost also thanks the search committee, co-chaired by Francelina Neto and Stephen Osborn, for conducting a smooth and successful search.