Our Faculty and Staff

Pre-College Faculty

Meet the distinguished faculty who deliver transformative academic experiences to our pre-college students each summer. 

Saeri Cho Dobson

Professor of Graphic Design and Chair of Studio Arts
College of Communication and Fine Arts

Karol Hoeffner

Clinical Professor and Chair of Screenwriting
School of Film and Television
Explore Screenwriting Watch Video

Jim Holmes

Senior Lecturer, Theatre Arts
College of Communication and Fine Arts
Read Profile Explore Acting Watch Video

T. Derrick Heggans

Director and Faculty
Global Sports & Entertainment Business Academy
Read Bio Explore Sports Business

Christopher Murillo

Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts
College of Communication and Fine Arts
Explore Stage Design

Jason D'Mello, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship
College of Business Administration
Explore Entrepreneurship Watch Video
Headshot of LMU faculty Chaya Crowder

Chaya Crowder, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations
Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts
Explore Political Science

K.J. Peters, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of English
Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts
Explore Analysis: Literature to Counterintelligence

Summer Program Staff

Ashley Wilson-Okimoto '06 '10
Summer Programs
Headshot of LMU Staff member Karen Valencia
Karen Valencia '21
Summer Programs
Program Coordinator

Our Student Team

Sara Lighthart '24

Screenwriting Major
Attended Pre-College Summer Programs in 2018 and 2019
Summer Programs Resident Advisor in 2022

Programs We Support

We hope you have enjoyed getting to know us and learning what makes a summer at Loyola Marymount University  unique. We welcome any additional questions you may have about pre-college (ages 14-18) or the visiting student program (16+) as you explore your summer plans for 2023.