Undergraduate Academic Dean's Office


Amy Hartsell
Asst Dean/Coor Student Success and Coordinator of Student Service
Deirdre Longacher Smeltzer
VP & Undergrad Academic Dean

Deirdre Longacher Smeltzer, Vice President and Undergraduate Academic Dean, began working at EMU in 1998. Prior to 1998, she spent four years as an assistant professor in the Mathematics Department at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Deirdre is an alumna of EMU, where she majored in mathematics, with a Bible minor. She earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Virginia; Deirdre’s graduate research was in the area of algebraic coding theory. Recent scholarly pursuits have included exploring other branches of combinatorics, co-authoring the book Methods for Euclidean Geometry, and (currently) writing of a second textbook on discrete mathematics. In 2012-13, Deirdre served as the Interim Director of Cross-cultural Programs at EMU. In July of 2013, she moved into the role of Vice President and Undergraduate Academic Dean. In the fall semester of 2013, Deirdre co-led a cross-cultural program to China. Deirdre is married to Sherwyn Smeltzer, has two daughters and a son-in-law, and enjoys reading, cooking, exercise, and travel.

Ronda Rittenhouse
Administrative Assistant
Zach Yoder
Director of Retention

Zachary grew up on a farm near Broadway, Virginia and graduated from Broadway High School in 1997. He attended Messiah College and received his B.S. in Biology/Teaching Certification in 2001. After teaching in Clovis, New Mexico for a year, he returned to Virginia to teach Biology in Rockingham County Public Schools. He received his M.Ed. in Secondary Education from James Madison University in 2004. Zachary taught 7th grade Life Science, Biology, and Anatomy and Physiology for 11 years in the county schools before beginning his position as Director of Retention in January of 2014.

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