Associate Provost for Strategic Planning & Educational Effectiveness
Margaret Kasimatis came to Loyola Marymount University in 2006. She currently serves as Associate Provost for Strategic Planning and Educational Effectiveness and holds a faculty appointment in the School of Education. Kasimatis earned her B.A. in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Purdue University. Prior to coming to LMU she served in academic administration at Harvey Mudd College and California State Polytechnic University. She has also held full-time faculty positions at Harvey Mudd College and Hope College.
Kasimatis has published journal articles and book chapters on a variety of topics related to social cognition, including social-cognitive theories of motivation, the relationship between emotion and cognition, and the impact of gender terms on perception. More recently her scholarly work has focused on culture change within universities. Kasimatis is also a WASC evaluator, has served on the WASC Interim Report Committee and the WASC Program Review Task Force, and was recently elected to the Executive Committee of the WASC Senior Accrediting Commission.
As Associate Provost for Strategic Planning and Educational Effectiveness, Kasimatis provides leadership for and coordination of planning and evaluation processes, including academic program review, and works closely and collaboratively with faculty, Deans and other administrators, and relevant committees on initiatives to enhance educational effectiveness. She also works directly with the Provost and/or President to advance university-wide strategic planning. In addition, she provides oversight and leadership for the Center for Teaching Excellence and the offices of Assessment, Institutional Research, and Decision Support. As university WASC liaison, Kasimatis coordinates campus efforts to meet WASC accreditation standards and prepare for accreditation reviews.