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Academic Deans

Deirdre Smeltzer, PhD, EMU undergraduate deanDeirdre Longacher Smeltzer, PhD
Vice President and Undergraduate Academic Dean
Deirdre Longacher Smeltzer is an alumna of EMU, having majored in mathematics and minored in Bible. She earned an MS and PhD in mathematics from the University of Virginia and returned to EMU in 1998 after four years as assistant professor at a university in Minnesota. Deirdre recently served as the interim director of cross-cultural programs at EMU before assuming the role of dean in 2013. Learn more
Academic Department Chairs | Assistant Undergraduate Dean

Fred KnissFred Kniss, PhD
Interim Vice President for Graduate and Professional Studies and Eastern Mennonite Seminary Dean
Fred Kniss is an EMU alum (BA ‘79) and has served as provost of EMU since July 1, 2009. Prior to that, he was Professor and Chair of Sociology at Loyola University Chicago, where he also founded and directed the McNamara Center for the Social Study of Religion and served for one year as Interim Dean of the Graduate School. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago in 1992. Learn more
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