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Communications Professor Named Vice President of Student Affairs

Loyola press release - July 20, 1998

(New Orleans)—Rev. Bernard P. Knoth, S.J., university president, announced today the appointment of James S. Eiseman, Ph.D., associate professor of communications, as vice president of the Division of Student Affairs. The appointment becomes effective August 1, 1998 for a two year term.

Eiseman joined Loyola as an associate professor of communications in 1995. As a member of the Loyola faculty, Eiseman has been active on several university committees including the University Library Committee, the President’s Minority Network and the Student Affairs Policy Advisory Committee. Among students, he is known as a respected mentor and advisor. He also serves as advisor to the Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity (the Beggars) and Loyola’s Men’s Soccer Team.

In addition to advising students about college life and curriculum, he provides guidance to students entering the job market by helping students with resumes, interviewing, networking and job hunting skills.

Since 1978, Eiseman’s experience in academia has included both administrative and teaching positions. At the University of Louisville, he served as assistant dean of University College as well as a tenured associate professor of communications. He spent one year as an associate professor and coordinator of the advertising sequence in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Florida International University in Miami. In 1993, he re-joined the University of Louisville as a visiting associate professor.

Eiseman’s career outside of academia includes nearly 10 years of experience as a professional communicator in public relations and advertising. Most notably, he served as vice president of marketing at Gannett Direct Marketing Services and held management positions with two advertising and public relations agencies.

In making the announcement, Fr. Knoth cited Eiseman’s 18-year career in academics that has included both teaching and administrative experience and a 10-year career in advertising and public relations as reasons that led him to appoint Eiseman as vice president for the Division of Student Affairs. "Student Affairs is an essential component to ensuring that our students have positive experiences while on campus. Throughout his teaching career, Dr. Eiseman has been committed to serving his students. It is this type of commitment that will determine the future of our responsiveness to our students’ needs."

In accepting his appointment, Eiseman said, "I look forward to serving the university in this capacity and building upon Mr. Knipfing’s distinguished 26-year career. My focus will be on the Jesuit commitment of educating the whole person both through classroom experience and campus life."

Eiseman has received numerous awards including the Arts and Sciences Teacher of the Year award at the University of Louisville and the Golden Apple Award from the Jefferson County Teachers Association in Kentucky.

Eiseman earned a bachelor of arts degree in government, a master of arts and a doctorate degree in political science with a focus on political communication from Boston University.

Based on the heritage of Catholic Jesuit higher education in Louisiana since 1849, Loyola University New Orleans was chartered in 1912. Today, the university serves approximately 5,500 undergraduate and graduate students.