Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that Linda Brazdil, PhD, of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been appointed by Provost John Pelissero to become the new Director of Loyola’s Center for Science and Math Education (CSME). This summer Dr. Brazdil takes up the directorship from Dr. David Slavsky, CSME’s founding Director. The University is profoundly grateful to Dr. Slavsky for launching and then sustaining the development of CSME and wishes Dr. Brazdil every success in the continuing development of CSME.

Dr. Brazdil, currently a Chemistry Instructor, came to Loyola from Northwestern University where she was Research Associate Professor in the School of Education and Social Policy. In that position she directed several programs aimed at enhancing science instruction at all grade levels in the Chicago Public Schools. She has worked with teams of science teachers throughout Illinois to design science curricula and measure the impact of curricular and instructional changes on student learning. She previously served in a number of roles, including as a science education consultant to Project 2061 of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as Associate Professor of Chemistry at John Carroll University, as a research chemist at BP, and as a high school chemistry teacher.

I would also like to thank Loyola faculty members who participated in the candidate interview process: Dr. JoBeth D’Agostino, Associate Provost for Curriculum Development and Professor of Environmental Science, Dr. Patrick Daubenmire, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Dr. Lara Smetana, Assistant Professor of Education.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Brazdil on her new appointment.


Patrick M. Boyle, PhD
Vice Provost for Academic Centers and Global Initiatives