Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
Parrish West 109
Liz Derickson is the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs. She works individually with students who face academic dilemmas. Student academic dilemmas include struggling academically, finding an academic major, managing health/personal issues, or returning from a leave of absence.
In collaboration with the Office of Learning Resources, Liz coordinates programming that supports the academic well-being of all students. In colloboration with academic departments and other colleagues across campus, Liz coordinates the process by which students apply for academic majors - the Sophomore Planning process.
Utilizing her training as a sociologist, Liz analyzes data on student academic experiences. The Dean of Students Division uses that analysis to inform academic policies and practices.
Liz is a Swarthmore alum (Class of 2001), and is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology and Social Policy at Princeton University. Her research is about the neighborhood context of inequality and poverty. Following her graduation from Swarthmore, she served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer on the Cape Verde Islands (West Africa).