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Academic Vice President

The Office of the Academic Vice President provides assistance, leadership, guidance, resources, and supervision of the entire academic division in support of the mission of Gonzaga University.

Elizabeth Mermann Jozwiak

Name: Elisabeth Mermann-Jozwiak – Interim Academic Vice President


Phone: 509.313.6503

Hometown: Cologne, Germany

Degrees: Ph.D., English – University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.A. English and Theology – University of Cologne, Germany

With Gonzaga since: 2013

Dr. Mermann-Jozwiak is the chief academic officer of the University to whom the academic deans and other key academic administrators report.  The Academic Vice President is responsible for academic planning and academic standards. She is the primary advisor to the President of the University on the academic budget; appointments, reappointments, promotion, and tenure; faculty salaries; leaves of absence and sabbaticals; the academic standing of students; the University calendar; and professional travel.  The Academic Vice President is chair ex-officio of the Academic Council, co-chair ex-officio of the Committee on Rank and Tenure, and chair of the Committee on Commencement Awards.  The Academic Vice President may, at her discretion, appoint standing or ad-hoc committees to address specific functions or issues.

Prior to joining the AVP’s office, Elisabeth Mermann-Jozwiak served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Before that, she was Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Haas Professor of English at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin and an MA in English and Catholic Theology from the University of Cologne, Germany. Her publications include two books, Postmodern Vernaculars: Chicana Literature and Postmodern Rhetoric and Conversations with Mexican American Writers: Languages and Literatures in the Borderlands, as well as numerous articles on Chicana literature, feminist theory, and popular culture. She serves on the Spokane Arts Council, is Trustee of Humanities Washington, and on the Steering Committee of the Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts.

Jolanta Weber

Name: Jolanta Weber, Ph.D., Associate Academic Vice President


Phone: 509-313-6595

Hometown: Spokane, for the past 35 years.

Degrees: Ph.D. Leadership Studies – Gonzaga University, M.A. in Counseling Psychology – Gonzaga University, B.A. Psychology and Spanish – Gonzaga University

With Gonzaga since: 1988 

Dr. Weber has been at Gonzaga University since 1987, when she enrolled as an undergraduate student. She became a full-time employee in 1988 and has since served in various roles. Currently, she assists the Academic Vice President with implementation and enforcement of academic policies, academic appeals and student-related concerns. She oversees the offices of the University Registrar, Institutional Research, the Virtual Campus, and Summer Sessions. She facilitates the work of the Academic Council and coordinates efforts related to academic program data production and financial analysis. She also coordinates efforts related to graduate enrollment planning and budgeting. Her dissertation explored the impact of adjunctive faculty on freshman-to-sophomore retention.

Ron Large

Name: Ron Large- Associate Academic Vice President


Phone: 509-313-6767

Hometown: Princeton, WV

Degrees: Ph.D. Ethics- Graduate Theological Union, M.Div. Christian Ethics- Princeton Theological Seminary, B.A. Religious Studies- University of Virginia

With Gonzaga since: 1988

Dr. Ron Large is Associate Academic Vice President and Professor of Religious Studies. In his role as Associate Academic Vice President he is responsible for overseeing Accreditation, Assessment, Faculty Development and Academic Technology. His academic area of specialization is Christian Ethics with an emphasis on Christian Social Ethics and peace studies. Dr. Large took his Bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia where he majored in Religious Studies. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. His M.Div. thesis examined violence and nonviolence as methods of social change. Dr. Large received his doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. His dissertation was on the connection between virtue and social change in the thought of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi. He teaches classes in Nonviolence, Christian Morality, Death and Dying, Sexual Morality, Religion and Film, and the Vietnam War. For the academic year 2000-2001, he was named Teacher of the Year at Gonzaga University. In the summer of 2006, Dr. Large was invited to attend a week long seminar on Global Peace and Security at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington DC. Dr. Large received a Fulbright Scholar Award in the Fall of 2009. He taught in the International Peace Studies Program at the Irish School of Ecumenics at Trinity College Dublin. He received Gonzaga University's Exemplary Faculty Award for 2009-2010.

Raymond Reyes

Name: Raymond Reyes, Ph.D. – Associate Academic Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer


Phone: 509.313.5604 

Hometown: Raymond traveled a lot as a child, but has called Spokane, WA home for 44 years. 

Degrees:  Ph.D. Educational Leadership – Gonzaga University, M.P.A. – City University of New York, B.A. Counseling Psychology – Eastern Washington University

With Gonzaga since: 1988

Dr. Raymond F. Reyes, Associate Academic Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, serves as the chief advisor on the university commitments to assure culturally inclusive policies and equity-based practices which optimize the educational and faith-based value of human diversity consistent with the University’s Catholic, Jesuit mission and identity.  Raymond coordinates a comprehensive menu of programs, services, and activities across the vice presidential divisions designed to develop and increase the intercultural competence of the university’s workforce, student body, academic programs and student development services.

Diana Taylor

Name: Diana Taylor – Assistant to the Academic Vice President


Phone: 509.313.6503

Hometown: Three Forks, MT

Degrees: B.A. Sociology – Gonzaga University (in-progress)

With Gonzaga since: 2017

Mrs. Taylor is responsible for meeting requests and supports the operations of the Academic Vice President. Prior to joining Gonzaga, she served as the Education Outreach and Web Development Coordinator for Spokane Public Schools/ KSPS-TV for 25 years.  In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, fishing, skiing, gardening along with volunteering, quilting and dancing.

MaryAnn Rinderle

Name: MaryAnn Rinderle - Office Coordinator/State Registration Specialist


Phone: (509) 313-6504

Hometown: MaryAnn grew up in the Midwest.  She enjoys calling the Pacific Northwest home.

Degree: B.S. Business and Management – University of Maryland

With Gonzaga since: 2005

Ms. Rinderle provides administrative support functions for the Office of the Academic Vice President and administers the program to ensure compliance with State Authorization Regulation, Chapter 34, Section 600.9.  She also provides assistance to Associate Academic Vice President Jolanta Weber.  It is likely that MaryAnn will be the first person you talk to when calling the Academic Vice President’s Office.  Her favorite things about Gonzaga are the people it attracts—people committed to its mission, the environment of cura personalis, and seeing the sun stream through the stained glass windows in College Hall.  She enjoys looking for treasures at thrift stores and rummage sales.

Mary Mealey

Name: Mary Mealey – Assistant to the Assoc. AVP and Core Director 


Phone: 509.313.5604 

Hometown: Spokane, WA

With Gonzaga since: 2016

Ms. Mealey is responsible for assisting two of the Associate Academic Vice Presidents and the University Core Director.  She is a Gonzaga alum, growing up in the neighborhood attending St. Aloysius Elementary, Holy Names Academy and Gonzaga Preparatory School, before attending Gonzaga University. 

Gina Bowman

Name: Gina Bowman - Academic Budgeting & Personnel Officer


Phone: 509.313.6109

Hometown: Walla Walla, WA

Degrees:  M.B.A. - Gonzaga University, B.A. Business Administration – Eastern Washington University

With Gonzaga since: 1989

Ms. Bowman is responsible for matters pertaining to academic area personnel, including faculty, and manages the budgeting process for the academic area of the University. She has worked at the university for over 28 years. 

Melissa Gable

Name: Melissa Gable – Academic Budget & Personnel Assistant 


Phone: 509.313.5756 

Hometown: Spokane, WA 

Degrees:  B.S. Accounting – University of Phoenix

With Gonzaga since: 2012

Ms. Gable is responsible for assisting in matters pertaining to academic area personnel, regular faculty onboarding and contract processing, expense report auditing and analysis, and the budgeting process for the academic area of the University. Melissa worked in the Controller’s Office prior to transferring to the Academic Vice President’s Office in 2016.

Samantha Howell

Name: Samantha Howell – Summer Session & Data Production Coordinator


Phone: 509.313.5873

Hometown: Grand Junction, CO

Degrees:  B.A. Mathematics – Whitworth University

With Gonzaga since: 2016

Mrs. Howell is responsible for Summer Session administration, adjunct contract processing, data analysis, reporting, and the Academic Council newsletter. She enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, camping, snowboarding, and snowshoeing.


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502 E. Boone
Spokane, WA 99258
College Hall, Room 218
(509) 313-6504