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New employees and notable changes | July 2016

Jul 18, 2016

Academic Division

Hill appointed director for Center for Teaching and Learning
Lott HillLott Hill
has been appointed as the new director of Pacific's Center for Teaching and Learning, effective Aug. 15. Hill will report to Vernon Smith, vice provost of Distributed Learning, and will lead the CTL in its mission to support faculty in the development of effective teaching skills and strategies that enhance learning. He will also spearhead initiatives outlined in Pacific 2020 and the Academic Plan as faculty explore opportunities to use multiple teaching and learning modalities, including digital pedagogy, to increase access and relevance in a rapidly changing ecosystem of technology and learners. Hill has 20 years of experience teaching undergraduate and graduate students and has led faculty development, collaborative research, and design of inclusive, engaged, learner-centered pedagogical and instructional practices. He joins Pacific from Columbia College in Chicago, where Hill received his MFA in Creative Writing and served as the founding executive director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching Excellence. Read more>>

Ladisch appointed STEM librarian
Michael LadischMichael Ladisch
has been hired as an associate professor and academic support librarian in the University Library, providing support for faculty and students in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). He began the new position July 5. Previously, Ladisch was at the James Joyce Library at University College, Dublin, in Ireland, where he served as bibliographic services librarian since 2012, with responsibility for creating and developing a support service for researchers in the library's Research Services division. From 2008 to 2012, he was the liaison librarian for the chemistry and engineering departments, where he coordinated with faculty on acquisition of subject-relevant databases, journals and textbooks and provided training for students and faculty in the use of electronic library resources. He also organized and conducted workshops to inform and train students and faculty members in a variety of topics, including overview of campus research resources and how to use them; citation analysis; the benefits and limitations of bibliometrics; the use of social media and networks for research dissemination, engagement and discovery; and effective publishing strategy.

At Pacific Ladisch will be responsible for developing and maintaining databases and other research resources to support mathematics, the sciences, engineering and computer sciences, and developing academic support services for faculty and both undergraduate and graduate students in these areas. Initially, Ladisch will begin connecting with faculty and deans to explore ways to provide support for their curricula and courses and explore possibilities for in-class sessions for students and faculty workshops on topics including research resources at Pacific and beyond—what they are and where to find them; how to use, assess and approach information; how to write up research, including proper citation and avoiding plagiarism; finding trustworthy resources; bibliometrics; citation analysis; and the use of social media to advance research. He can be contacted at or 209.932.3188.

Lacinda De La Cruz, is a new administrative assistant II in the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Department of Physical Therapy. De La Cruz has been a temp casual in the department for the past year and brings an extensive background in banking and customer service to her position. She provides student support services, manages program calendars and schedules, and supports the functions of the program's director of clinical education.  

Sherry Haley was promoted to administrative assistant III in the College of the Pacific Office of the Dean.

Janelle Palomares transferred to the position of student affairs coordinator in Admissions at the San Francisco Campus.

Lourdes Reyes has transferred from her position in faculty governance to the position of administrative assistant to the dean in the School of Engineering and Computer Science.

Jill Rodgers is a new assistant registrar for educational development at the San Francisco Campus.

Cindy Udermann is a new administrative assistant II in the College of the Pacific Office of the Dean

Search updates:

University Registrar
The Office of Enrollment Management has begun a nationwide search for a full-time university registrar. The search committee has been formed and is chaired by Ryan Griffith, director of International Programs and Services. View full job description and application here. Lisa Erck, registrar for McGeorge School of Law, is currently serving as interim university registrar.

Director of Academic Assessment
The Office of Strategy and Educational Effectiveness has resumed its search for a director of academic assessment to lead the university's academic assessment processes for ongoing improvement in student learning. With early preparations underway for institutional reaccreditation in 2018-19, the director will have an opportunity to be centrally involved in Pacific's self-study process. This position reports to the vice provost for strategy and educational effectiveness and remains open until filled. View full job description and application here. For more information, please contact Cyd Jenefsky, vice provost for strategy and educational effectiveness, ( The search committee, chaired by Professor Michelle Amaral from the College of the Pacific, will reconvene at the start of the fall term.


Deanna Thompson, formerly administrative assistant to the dean in the School of Engineering and Computer Science, has accepted a new position as assistant director of Corporate and Foundation Relations.

Business and Finance

Jesus Duran is the new investment and treasury specialist.

Miguel Ibarra is a new plumber in Support Services.

Andrew Jones is a new painter, group I, in Support Services.

Daniel Ojeda is a new building operations technician and painter in Physical Plant at the San Francisco Campus.

Robert Thompson is a new night shift janitor in Maintenance Services at the Sacramento Campus.

Student Life

Crafts appointed new director of student involvement
Dave Crafts joined Pacific as the new director of student involvement on July 1. Crafts comes to Pacific from Mercy College of Ohio where he was the director of student life and housing. During his time at Mercy, Crafts oversaw multiple areas of student life, including career services, student engagement, leadership, residence life and housing, fraternity and sorority life, diversity, and new student orientation. Crafts will now be overseeing the university's student activities and programming office, student government, clubs and organizations, fraternity and sorority life, room scheduling, marketing, and the DeRosa University Center operations. He earned a bachelor of science and master of education from Grand Valley State University and is currently completing his doctor of philosophy from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Crafts' office is located on the second floor of the DeRosa University Center. 

Maria Lazaro '10, '12, is the new assistant director for residential life for sophomore, professional, and upper division (SPUD) students. Lazaro comes to Pacific from UC Merced, where she previously served as a Residential Life Coordinator.  Prior to UC Merced, Lazaro served as a residence life coordinator at Cal Poly Pomona. She holds both a bachelor of science in business administration and a master of arts in educational administration and leadership with an emphasis in student affairs from Pacific.

Jennifer Smith transferred to the position of employer satisfaction and event coordinator in the Career Resource Center.

Rachel Stice is the new residence director for South-West Hall. Stice most recently served as a residence hall director at Northern Illinois University.  She holds a master of science in education, adult and higher education with an emphasis is student affairs from NIU, and a bachelor of science in human services from the University of Northern Colorado.

Colleen Straub is the new administrative assistant I in the Career Resource Center

Ashlei Tobin-Robertson is the new residence director for the McCaffrey Center Apartments and the Greek communities. Tobin-Robertson previously served as the assistant dean of student life at Central Arizona College. Prior to that, she worked the University of Maryland at College Park as a resident director and the coordinator for rights and responsibilities. She earned both her bachelor of arts in psychology and her master of arts in higher education from the University of Arizona.


Tina Samara is the new Pacific women's tennis program head coach. Samara joins the Tigers after three seasons at Wisconsin. At Wisconsin, Samara brought in some of the best recruiting classes in school history, with two of her players ranked in the final ITA Rankings. Under her leadership, the Badgers increased their Big Ten Conference win totals each season, climbing in the standings each year, despite routinely facing 10 or more ranked opponents. Prior to Wisconsin, Samara was the head coach at West Virginia starting with the 2010-11 season, where she guided the program through the transition from the Big East to Big XII, and brought two of the top ranked players in Mountaineer program history. In three seasons at West Virginia, her team netted 20 Big East Academic Honor Roll selections.

Elizabeth Lambert
director of marketing and communications in Enrollment Management, left Pacific to accept a new position at UC Davis. Her last day at Pacific was June 22.

Tenisha Tevis, assistant professor in the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education, will be leaving Pacific to begin a new teaching position this fall. Tevis joined Pacific in 2009 as an assistant professor in the School of Education and has taught undergraduate and graduate students.  From 2009 to 2014, Tevis also served as director of the Educational Resources Center where she developed English language and fundamental skills curriculum, created a tutor training program and infrastructure for campus-wide tutoring resources, and was instrumental in transitioning Pacific to the use of Compass for fundamental skills placement testing. Her impact spanned across departments and administrative divisions. There will be a farewell reception from 3 to 5 p.m. on July 26 in The Lair open to all members of the Pacific community to thank her for her service to Pacific and wish her well in her new pursuits.


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