As the Assistant Director for Academic Initiatives, Amanda works broadly with faculty and staff across the university to integrate students’ academic and co-curricular experiences in the residence halls. In her role, Amanda helps develop new living learning communities (LLCs), enhance existing LLCs, and bring opportunities for academic and personal success to students where they live. Amanda enjoys partnering with LLC program directors, faculty principals in the residential colleges, and others around campus to help students make connections both intellectually and interpersonally.
Prior to joining the Academic Initiatives team, Amanda worked within two of our residential colleges on campus – the Honors Residential Commons and the Residential College at West Ambler Johnston – to oversee the day-to-day operations of the residential college and think strategically with a faculty principal about the future of the college.
She attended Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO, for her undergraduate experience where she earned her B.S. in Emergency Management. Amanda subsequently became a Hokie and received her M.A.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Virginia Tech.
Amanda’s favorite Aspiration for Student Learning is Pursuing Self-Understanding and Integrity. With each day, Amanda strives to have conversations that allow her to reflect on what she values and how her experiences continue to shape who she is becoming. She prides herself on building relationships with others that will challenge her and push her to be the best she can be for herself and others.
In her spare time, Amanda can be found doing pretty much anything around water, watching re-runs of the West Wing or Grey’s Anatomy, trying new desserts, reading cheesy romance novels, or spending time with friends and family.
Achiever – Developer – Adaptability – Strategic – Input