The University of Dayton (UD), founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary, is a top-ten Catholic research university located on a beautiful 388-acre campus in Dayton, Ohio. The University seeks outstanding, diverse faculty and staff who value its mission and share its commitment to academic excellence in teaching, research and artistic creativity, the development of the whole person, and leadership and service in the local and global community. With more than 11,000 undergraduate, graduate, and law students, UD is Ohio’s second largest private institution of higher education. More than 90 percent of the University’s first-year undergraduate students and 85 percent of all undergraduates live in residence halls, apartments, and approximately 400 University-owned porch-clad houses in the student neighborhood, making UD one of the most residential campuses in the country.

The Position


The University of Dayton is seeking a visionary, innovative, and collaborative leader and strong clinician to serve as the director, counseling center. Reporting to the assistant vice president, student health and wellbeing, and serving as a member of both the student development leadership team and the health and wellbeing team, the director of the counseling center is responsible for general oversight within an IACS accredited college counseling center, which is also in the process of becoming an APA accredited doctoral training site. Through an approach of prevention, education, treatment, and care, the Counseling Center team is missioned to provide a positive impact on the mental health, wellbeing, and academic success of all students through services that promote resiliency, capacity building, and facilitate optimal student development and growth.

This position plays a vital role in the assessment of counseling staff clinical competencies, evaluating intake protocol, ensuring appropriate treatment planning and documentation, providing crisis intervention and management, expanding outreach initiatives, and developing a strong referral network. The ideal candidate for this position will provide leadership, vision, financial management, policy formation, assessment, and strategic planning to enhance the delivery of comprehensive mental health initiatives and psychological services. The successful candidate must be dedicated to reducing barriers to care that exist for communities of color, the LGBTQ community, and other marginalized groups. Further, the director will be called upon to regularly inform university leadership on mental health issues that affect University of Dayton students in an environment that embodies Catholic Marianist values, is primarily residential, and encompasses traditional age students.

Essential duties include:

Department Strategic Vision, Leadership and Program Development [30%]

  • Provide leadership, as informed by the Catholic Marianist values, that guides and supports staff, as the team develops and implements strategic planning, philosophy, policies, programs, and processes that ensure the delivery of excellent and efficient multidisciplinary mental health services, with an emphasis on continued growth and development of the Counseling Center to serve the current and future needs of the students.
  • Cultivate a culture of innovation that incorporates new ideas, modalities, and operational models in the provision of mental health services that address the growth in demand and increasing complexity of presenting conditions.
  • Make decisions based upon alignment with and achievement of unit, division, and institutional strategic goals, values, and initiatives.
  • Prepare operational reports and analysis that utilizes data driven assessment to identify student trends, establish metrics of success, and recommend appropriate programs and solutions.
  • Review group psychotherapy programs, psychoeducational workshops, and internet-based modalities to determine appropriate services offered by the Counseling Center.
  • Serve as the departmental spokesperson, branding and promoting the services of the Counseling Center to the University community, identifying communication needs and barriers to accessing care, creating avenues for increased awareness and utilization, and advising campus leaders on mental health related issues.

Administration and Operation [25%]

  • Provide supervision (directly or indirectly) to a team of 10 full- and part-time clinical staff, administrative support staff, and trainees, including the recruitment, hiring, training, development, and evaluation of personnel.
  • Hold staff accountable for high performance and a highly engaged culture by articulating expectations, monitoring performance, and providing consistent feedback.
  • Provide oversight and coordination of the contracted psychiatry staff.
  • Serve as an inspirational and motivating leader who exemplifies excellence in the delivery of mental health services and supports the professional growth of personnel.
  • Ensure a framework of equity and social justice is embedded into the day-to-day operations.
  • Participate in the doctoral training program through clinical supervision and/or teaching.
  • Resolve problems and gain cooperation on matters where strong differences of opinions exist through the use of tact, discretion, and judgement, while maintaining good will.
  • Ensure compliance of IACS and APA accreditation criteria, application of ethical and professional standards, and adherence to federal and state laws.
  • Monitor and integrate best practices, student needs, and trends in mental health care and evolving standards and treatment methods in the profession.
  • Responsible for the stewardship of resources through fiscal planning, prioritization of resource utilization, monitoring, and management of the Counseling Center budget.

Direct Client Care [25%]

  • Conduct psychological assessments, crisis interventions, and psychotherapy in individual or group mode, making appropriate referrals to other clinicians as necessary and write reports, notes, and other records.
  • Serve as lead clinician and primary point of contact for parents, faculty, staff, hospitals, and outside providers.
  • Provide clinical consultation and supervision to clinicians on challenging or risky client issues.
  • Provide 24-hour crisis intervention and emergency response as part of a weekly on-call rotation schedule.

Consultation, Partnerships, and Outreach [15%]

  • Represent the counseling staff as a member of the CARE (Campus, Awareness, Response, and Evaluation)
  • Consult with the Dean of Students Office in emergency situations, provide assessment of students in crisis, and assist in the development and coordination of plans for students with complex psychological and behavioral issues, including re-entry procedures.
  • As the chief psychologist and mental health expert, consult with staff, administrators, faculty, parents, and students as necessary to facilitate the coordination of care for students while maintaining individual student confidentiality.
  • Actively cultivate and maintain collaborative working relationships with external providers of mental health services for the purpose of referral and the coordination of a continuum of care for students.
  • Effectively communicate with all campus constituencies the Counseling Center’s scope of clinical and educational practice, procedures for referral, and consultation services.
  • Provide support, training, and presentations for faculty and staff on issues affecting student mental health and behavior.
  • Actively contribute as a thought-partner to an interdisciplinary, integrated, and proactive approach to holistic student wellbeing within the Health and Wellbeing unit (Health Center, Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Resources and Education, Counseling Center, Brook Center, and Campus Recreation), advancing the health and wellbeing initiatives.
  • Develop a broad institutional perspective and work collaboratively with other departments and campus partners.
  • Maintain an active professional network with the group of peer institution counseling center directors and other local and national groups and associations.

Related Duties [5%]

  • Be involved with and make meaningful contributions to divisional and institutional initiatives, as well as within professional organizations.
  • Actively participate in student development activities on campus by serving as a volunteer, mentor, committee member, and/or participant.
  • Actively work with other campus departments in student persistence and retention efforts.
  • Participates in continuing education as needed to maintain licensure in the State of Ohio.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Until recently, the counseling center had a long-standing director who served the institution for over 40 years. He began serving as the interim director for the center in 1984, then was promoted to director in 1985, where he served until his retirement in 2017. Upon his retirement, an associate director of the counseling center was promoted to director; this director served for two years before she also retired. Since her retirement, the center has had two interim directors while the institution searches for their next director. Fortunately, the current interim director is the very same individual who served in this capacity for so many years, Dr. Steve Mueller. With Dr. Mueller’s impressive institutional knowledge coupled with his hands-on experience with the staff and the center, the center has the stability it needs to focus on the needs of the students as they conduct a national search for their new director.


The new director will encounter the following opportunities and challenges:

  • This is an advantageous time to be joining the Division of Student Development at UD. There is a true sense of excitement for the future and a strong culture of collaboration. The new director can help the center realize its full potential and achieve unprecedented results.
  • UD is an extremely relational campus; it is expected the new director will embrace this culture and thrive in it.
  • The creation of new branding for the office.
  • The staff are very committed to serving UD and excited for this new director to bring positive change. fresh ideas, new energy, and vision to the center.
  • The center continues to experience an increase in both volume of students and intensity of their issues.
  • Explore new approaches to expand and optimize service capabilities to address growing needs by introducing proactive outreach, promotion, and educational programs directed to students, faculty, and the broader campus community.
  • Build an exemplary team through the enhancement of the current staff’s morale, and create a culture of authentic connections, honest information sharing and solicitation of input.
  • The staff relationships are familial in nature; they will cover for each other when needed and make sure to take care of each other.
  • Review/establish policies and protocols to ensure all are up to date, in line with national best practices, and consistent with campus culture, mission, and practice.
  • Earn the respect of the campus community through accessibility, visibility, follow-through, and honest, open communication.
  • Work to maximize resources and set core priorities to facilitate positive growth.
  • Find the proper balance between the administrative, clinical, programming, and engagement responsibilities of this position.
  • While maintaining the strong one-on-one counseling foundation, devise new methods of outreach to engage a larger campus constituency and decrease wait times.
  • Take the time to fully learn about the entire office, staff, and culture.
  • Given some staff turnover, newly created positions, and inconsistent leadership over the last few years in the center, be aware of this history, understand that the staff may be anxious, and work to move beyond the past toward an exciting future.


At an appropriate interval after joining the University of Dayton, the following items will initially define success for the director:

  • The director will have created a team within the counseling center where staff feel valued, appreciated, and unified by a common vision with an excitement to move forward.
  • The center will be engaged in a branding effort to educate the students and campus community about the center’s services and scope of care.
  • The director, along with the staff, will be actively working to fully understand and best address the current mental health needs of UD students.
  • The director will have formed intentional partnerships and creative collaborations within student development, across campus, and the broader Dayton community to better serve students and the center.
  • The director will be actively engaged with the staff through regular staff meetings, professional development, and a continued focus on work-life balance and self-care; the staff will feel connected to the director.
  • The director will have provided stability and new energy to the center with innovative ideas and positive change grounded in best practices and data.
  • The new director will be a highly visible leader on campus, authentically representing the center and staff to the campus community.
  • The center will be collectively working to decrease the average time students must wait for services.
  • The reputation of the center across campus will be improving.
  • The new director will be an active leader within the student development leadership team as well as the health and wellbeing team.
  • The director will have worked to help the Division of Student Development and the campus community to be more aware and understanding of mental health issues as well as how the center serves students.


Minimum required qualifications include candidates being in active pursuit of degree completion and clinical licensure as a PhD of PsyD in counseling, psychology or a related field and seven years of relevant and progressive professional clinical experience in administering mental health services and a minimum of two years of supervision of professional staff or comparable experience. The successful candidate will have expert knowledge of the mental health needs and concerns of young adults, possess active experience in crisis intervention and emergency management operations and the ability to work on an on-call basis as a part of a 24/7 crisis response system that may require the person to respond to campus or a hospital/mental health facility after hours. In addition, candidates will have demonstrated experience working collaboratively with various constituents; articulated passion for promoting holistic wellbeing and enhancing student learning; attention to detail; and excellent written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A PhD or PsyD in Counseling or Clinical/Counseling Psychology with the ability to obtain Ohio licensure within six months of start date and maintain license throughout the duration of employment;
  • Experience administering mental health services including crisis intervention and emergency management in a university setting;
  • Four years of successful supervisory experience in a clinical setting with knowledge of best practices in staff development, group dynamics, and leading organizational change;
  • Experience with a multifaceted budget, including general financial management and accountability, data base systems, and spreadsheets;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple initiatives, programs, and responsibilities while ensuring clinical excellence in the provision of direct services;
  • Demonstrated experience in establishing and facilitating strategic goals;
  • Demonstrated analytical skills to identify problems, assess alternatives, and render consistent, logical decisions;
  • Ability to write concise, logical, and persuasive reports;
  • Capacity to independently manage a variety of tasks with frequent interruptions and shifting priorities;
  • Demonstrated experience with Microsoft Suite and Titanium Scheduler;
  • Demonstrated integrity, dependability, sound judgment, teambuilding, and resourcefulness to establish and maintain collaborative, positive, and effective working relationships with multiple constituency groups;
  • Proven success working with a range of culturally and ethnically diverse populations, and evidence of commitment to fostering equity, inclusion, and a collaborative multicultural environment; and
  • Ability to thrive in an environment that values high expectations, accountability, service in leadership, and balanced lifestyles, while possessing exceptional verbal communication skills, enthusiasm, a positive attitude, and being a self-starter with the ability to instill the same in others.


An overview of the Division of Student Development

As a Catholic, Marianist institution, our educational philosophy addresses the needs of the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. And the division of Student Development is here to ensure that you have opportunities and support to thrive in each of these areas.

Learn more about the division ( and the strategic plan that you will help bring to life (


Discover. Practice. Create. In Community.


The Division of Student Development cultivates student learning in the Catholic and Marianist tradition. We challenge students to construct inclusive communities of purpose, demonstrate practical wisdom, and choose value congruent behaviors. We support students as they create safe and healthy environments where differences are respected and celebrated. We empower students to discover their vocation as they develop the skills needed to lead for the common good.

Core Values

  1. Learning as an innovative process guided by the Catholic and Marianist tradition
  2. Respecting the dignity of self and others
  3. Building community by committing to the common good
  4. Developing habits of self-care in pursuit of wellbeing
  5. Reflecting on and exploring faith, purpose and calling
  6. Advancing inclusive excellence
  7. Using professional ethics and standards to inform our practice

Learning Outcomes

Experiential Wisdom

Drawing on the practical skills that students learn in their co-curricular experiences, students will develop creative and effective strategies to address academic, workplace, individual, and community needs.

Community Engagement

Students will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of a Marianist education through active community participation, collaboration, and service.

Healthy Living

Students will exemplify appreciation for the dignity of each person and the common good by engaging in healthy behaviors, making purposeful decisions, and contributing to environments that promote health and reduce risk.

Multicultural Development

Students will demonstrate an understanding of their own and other’s identities, have meaningful cross-cultural experiences, and reflect on and address individual and structural barriers to equity and inclusion.

Statement of Inclusive Excellence

As a Catholic and Marianist institution, the University of Dayton embraces diversity as a gift of God’s creation and is committed to honoring the intrinsic value and dignity of all people, including an individual’s race, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, (dis)ability, ideology and other expressions of human difference. We commit ourselves to eliminating discriminatory or hateful words and actions, pursuing equity and becoming known as a fully inclusive and welcoming environment for learning, discovery and community engagement.

Leadership of the Division of Student Development

Bill Fischer – Vice President for Student Development

Bill Fischer currently serves as vice president for student development at the University of Dayton, where he provides leadership and oversight for departments and units providing a variety of student life programs and services. Fischer joined the University of Dayton in November 2008 as associate vice president for student development. Fischer has approximately 20 years of experience in higher education with specialty focus on student conduct and conflict resolution systems, crisis and risk management, and law/policy issues in student affairs, including Title IX and sexual harassment. He has held previous leadership positions in student affairs at Johnson & Wales University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Northeastern University, University of New Hampshire, and Illinois State University.  He has previously held adjunct faculty appointments at Northeastern and Suffolk University, teaching on the topic of law and higher education. Fischer also has extensive background and experience as an educator, trainer and coach in conflict resolution. He received his formal training in mediation at Seton Hall University School of Law. Fischer has served as a volunteer mediator at the Dayton Mediation Center, in Dayton, Ohio for approximately eight years. In 2018, he received the Carl R. Patrick Volunteer Award for his service at the center.

Prior to his tenure in higher education, Fischer was engaged in the full time practice of law for approximately 10 years. He was a principal in the law firm of Matthews, White & Fischer in New Jersey.  Fischer is an active member of the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA), having served on its Board of Directors in various capacities for approximately seven years. He is a Past President of the Association. In 2015, Fischer was recognized for his contributions to ASCA by receiving the Distinguished Service Award. His other professional association affiliations include Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education (NASPA), National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), and the Association for Student Affairs in Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASACCU), where he currently serves on the board of directors. Fischer earned his BA degree from Villanova University and his JD degree from Seton Hall University School of Law.

Organizational Chart for the Division of Student Development

Melissa Longino – Assistant Vice President for Health & Wellbeing/Executive Director, Campus Recreation

Melissa Longino currently serves as assistant vice president of Health and Wellbeing and executive director of Campus Recreation, where she provides visionary and strategic leadership for a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to student health and wellbeing, including administrative support and leadership for the Brook Center, Campus Recreation, Center for Alcohol and Other Drugs Resources and Education (CADRE), Counseling Center, and Health Center; a team consisting of 45 professionals and 300 student employees and peer educators.

Through the use of proactive, evidence-based, and upstream-based health and wellbeing initiatives, Melissa leads the team in planning, implementing, and evaluating student centered health promotion strategies, interventions, policies, programs, and services that address the needs of the student community; serving a critical role in student advocacy, leadership, staff development, strategic planning, and campus culture; advancing learning outcomes and; serves on the Vice President of Student Development’s cabinet.  The holistic approach is centered on creating a culture of integrated wellbeing in order to fulfill the institution’s mission to prepare students to lead healthy, flourishing, and productive lives, so that they in turn can be leaders who contribute to a positive, vibrant and socially just society.

With over 17 years of experience in higher education, Melissa has served in various roles at the University of Tennessee, Washtenaw Community College, and Louisiana State University centered on health, wellbeing, and recreation.  Since joining the University of Dayton in September 2011, Melissa has served as the director of Campus Recreation, and most recently as the interim assistant vice president for Health and Wellness.  Melissa Longino was promoted to assistant vice president of Health and Wellbeing and executive director of Campus Recreation in July 2019, after serving in the interim role for 18 months.  Melissa earned her master’s degree in Human Performance Sport Studies, Sport Administration and bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Tennessee.  She is also an active contributor in many professional organizations.

With a strong business acumen and discipline of execution, Melissa has a reputation for bringing concepts to completion and – just as importantly – fosters the essence of team by bringing people to the table to work as a collective in achieving outcomes.  With a constant quest for knowledge, growth, service to others, and the desire to drive progress that delivers meaningful results, Melissa’s approach to work is embodied by a commitment to student and staff development, expansion of student focused programs and services, establishment of a culture of excellence, and sustainable financial growth and stability.

Counseling Center

College is about finding yourself. The Counseling Center is here so students do not get lost.

Although college is a time of learning and exploration, there is also the inevitable stress of college life. The University of Dayton Counseling Center seeks to provide opportunities for students to work towards a more balanced life style. As a result, students are freed to pursue a fuller and richer expression of their educational experience.

At the Counseling Center they realize anxiety, depression, and a host of other personal struggles can often prevent students from obtaining their full potential. To help students overcome obstacles and achieve a healthy well-being, the Counseling Center provides individual and group counseling for personal and career related concerns.

The UD Counseling Center offers free, anonymous, online emotional wellness screenings that all University of Dayton students can take to see if they might need a hand in dealing with their emotional struggles. Screenings for eating, anxiety and mood concerns are available. The screening takes less than two minutes to complete.

The Counseling Center has seven senior professional staff (psychologists, clinical counselors, and a psychology resident) and two administrative staff.

The Center has a training program for graduate students in the mental health field with three masters-level trainees from the University of Dayton and two doctoral-level trainees from Wright State University. The Counseling Center is in the process of obtaining accreditation for its doctoral internship program through the American Psychological Association. It has been accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS) since 1989.

Some initiatives offered include:

  • Anxiety Toolbox Seminars
  • Women’s Group
  • Sexual Assault Group
  • Adjustment to College
  • Men’s Group
  • LGBTQ+ Support Group
  • Eating Issues/Eating Disorders Support Group

UD’s Step Care Model: A Holistic Approach to Mental Health

Institution & Location


Institutional Background/History

The University of Dayton’s history is one of perseverance, tenacity, ingenuity, and transformation. The school began with an act of faith more than 160 years ago.

In the middle of a cholera epidemic, the Bishop of Cincinnati sent Father Leo Meyer, SM, to minister to the sick at Emmanuel parish in Dayton. Here, he met John Stuart, whose daughter died of cholera the year before. Mr. Stuart wanted to sell his Dayton property and return to Europe. Father Meyer gave him a medal of St. Joseph and a promise of $12,000 in return for Dewberry Farm—125 acres of vineyards, orchards, a mansion, and farm buildings.

The University of Dayton was founded in 1850 by four members of the Society of Mary. Originally known as St. Mary’s School for Boys, the Marianists founded this school with a two-fold mission. The first and most important tenet of the Society of Mary is devotion to Mary, the mother of Jesus; the second is an emphasis on education of the whole person, something most productively accomplished within a community. During its first year of existence, the school enrolled a total of 14 students, all of whom were Catholic and most of whom were from the Dayton area. Although the school struggled in the early years, the campus began to expand as student enrollment increased.

In 1878 St. Mary’s was incorporated as a college and in 1882 was empowered, by an act of the General Assembly of the State of Ohio, to confer degrees. In 1920, the school was renamed for a fourth time and became the University of Dayton. The University continued to educate at the elementary, preparatory, and collegiate levels until the late 1930s, when it began to exclusively offer collegiate-level programs. It was also in 1920 that the University adopted the new school colors of red and blue which, according to the student handbook, “repeats the theme of loyalty toward country and love of Mary… The blue may also stand for truth and the red for charity to all.” In 1935, the College of Women was established as a way to increase enrollment during the Great Depression. The separate college was discontinued two years later, and women were admitted into all classes offered on campus. Today, the University of Dayton has grown to become one of the largest private universities in Ohio and is one of the nation’s leading Catholic institutions of higher education.

Today, the University of Dayton is recognized as a top-tier national research university rooted in the Catholic tradition.

About Dayton, Ohio

Dayton is the sixth-largest city in the state of Ohio and the county seat of Montgomery County. A small part of the city extends into Greene County. The 2018 U.S. census estimate put the city population at 140,640, while Greater Dayton was estimated to be at 803,416 residents. This makes Dayton the fourth-largest metropolitan area in Ohio and 63rd in the United States. Dayton is within Ohio’s Miami Valley region, just north of Greater Cincinnati.

Ohio’s borders are within 500 miles of roughly 60 percent of the country’s population and manufacturing infrastructure, making the Dayton area a logistical centroid for manufacturers, suppliers, and shippers. Dayton also hosts significant research and development in fields like industrial, aeronautical, and astronautical engineering that have led to many technological innovations. Much of this innovation is due in part to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and its place in the community. With the decline of heavy manufacturing, Dayton’s businesses have diversified into a service economy that includes insurance and legal sectors as well as healthcare and government sectors.

Along with defense and aerospace, healthcare accounts for much of the Dayton area’s economy. Hospitals in the Greater Dayton area have an estimated combined employment of nearly 32,000 and a yearly economic impact of $6.8 billion. It is estimated that Premier Health Partners, a hospital network, contributes more than $2 billion a year to the region through operating, employment, and capital expenditures. In 2011, Dayton was rated the #3 city in the nation by HealthGrades for excellence in healthcare. Many hospitals in the Dayton area are consistently ranked by Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, and HealthGrades for clinical excellence.

Dayton is also noted for its association with aviation; the city is home to the National Museum of the United States Air Force and is the birthplace of Orville Wright. Other well-known individuals born in the city include poet Paul Laurence Dunbar and entrepreneur John H. Patterson. Dayton is also known for its many patents, inventions, and inventors, most notably the Wright brothers’ invention of powered flight. In 2008, 2009, and 2010, Site Selection magazine ranked Dayton the #1 mid-sized metropolitan area in the nation for economic development. Also in 2010, Dayton was named one of the best places in the United States for college graduates to find a job.

Mission and Identity

Our mission is simple, yet profound.

The University of Dayton is a top-tier Catholic research university with academic offerings from the undergraduate to the doctoral levels. We are a diverse community committed, in the Marianist tradition, to educating the whole person and linking learning and scholarship with leadership and service.

Core Beliefs

The University of Dayton is a comprehensive university

Committed to being an educational community that:

  • offers a broad range of undergraduate programs and selected graduate and continuing education programs;
  • views learning and scholarship as a shared task of discovering, integrating, applying, and communicating knowledge; and
  • emphasizes learning and scholarship at the intersections of liberal and professional education, of the disciplines, and of theory and practice.

As a comprehensive university, we commit ourselves: to educating students within a vibrant learning community; to strong programs in both liberal arts and sciences and the professional disciplines; and to collaboration across disciplinary and organizational boundaries. As a community, we are dedicated to excellence in teaching and seek to share it, critically review and evaluate it, and together transform our practices of learning and teaching. We are also dedicated to excellence in creating new knowledge, integrating this knowledge across disciplinary boundaries, and applying it creatively to meet human needs. We are responsive and serve the needs of our community and region. Our pursuit of learning and scholarship is characterized by academic freedom and professional responsibility.

The University of Dayton is a Catholic university

Committed to a Catholic vision of learning and scholarship including:

  • a common search for truth based on the belief that truth is ultimately one and can be more fully known through both faith and reason;
  • a commitment to the dignity of the human person as a creative and social being created in the image and likeness of God; and
  • an appreciation for the ways creation, people, communities, and the ordinary things in life manifest, in a sacramental manner, the mystery of God.

A Catholic vision of the intellectual life springs ultimately from the revelation of God in Jesus Christ. The Incarnation obliges and frees Christians to continue uniting the human and the divine, to integrate learning and scholarship, to explore the implications of the Gospel for all of human culture while honoring academic freedom. The University, as Catholic, carries out its mission in communion with the Church, the believing community in and through which revelation is received, lived, and handed on. The relations between the University and the Church are marked by mutual trust, close and consistent collaboration, and open dialogue. The University, as Catholic, also relies on the presence and work of people from other religious traditions, indeed, all people of good will, in discovering what is true, cherishing what is good, and enjoying what is beautiful.

The University of Dayton is committed to the Marianist tradition

Committed to the Marianist tradition of education that includes:

  • educating the whole person through a learning community of challenge and support;
  • connecting learning to leadership and service; and
  • collaborating for adaptation and change

Marianist educational communities support the full development of their members. In linking learning and scholarship to leadership and service, we seek to be a leaven for good in our world. In the Marianist tradition, leadership is service, and leaders seek to lead with virtue. As a community of responsible inquiry, we create an environment in which our members, working in a scholarly manner, are free to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their work, the work of others, and the trends in our society. The University encourages its members to judge for themselves how institutions are performing their purposes, to expose deficiencies in their structures and operations, and to propose and actively promote improvements when these are deemed necessary. The University encourages its members to collaborate in building community and to join in a quest for a more perfect human society. Collaboration for adaptation and change recognizes the diverse gifts and talents of all members of the community and brings them together to realize a common mission in the midst of new and challenging circumstances.

Strategic Plan: University for the Common Good


Dr. Eric F. Spina – President

Eric F. Spina has served as president of the University of Dayton, a top-tier national Catholic research university, since July 1, 2016.

He quickly earned a reputation on campus and beyond for his open and collaborative leadership style that led to the development of an imaginative 20-year aspirational strategic vision rooted in the University’s Marianist heritage. Under his leadership, the University is charting a path toward becoming known as “The University for the Common Good.”

An engaged, energetic leader, Dr. Spina has made investments in initiatives targeted toward increasing diversity and accessibility, key strategic focal areas of his presidency. During his tenure, UD’s student body has grown in size, become more racially and economically diverse, and increased in academic quality.


Respectful of the University’s role as an anchor institution in Dayton, Dr. Spina has entered into three innovative collaborations that will dramatically shape redevelopment downtown and on the southern edge of the city.

In 2019, the University and The Entrepreneurs Center partnered to begin development of the Arcade Innovation Hub, nearly 96,000 square feet devoted to academics, experiential learning, and co-shared space as part of the rebirth of the historic Dayton Arcade in the heart of the city. Thanks to a $10.5 million investment from UD and Premier Health and interest from private developers, the former Montgomery County Fairgrounds will be transformed over the next decade or more into a walkable, welcoming urban neighborhood called onMain. Envisioned as a “front porch” for the Dayton community, the newly constructed 1401 S. Main Street building houses the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community, the Dayton Foundation, and the Dayton Development Coalition. Located adjacent to Emerson’s Helix Innovation Center on campus, the two-story academic and office facility is envisioned as a national model for ways universities can collaborate with a community’s regional foundation and economic development arm to promote the common good.

The University continues to build for the future. The largest construction project in school history—a $72 million transformation of the University of Dayton Arena, funded with significant private support—celebrated its completion in fall 2019. The modernization of Roesch Library has made it in to an exemplar for digital and collaborative learning. The Adèle Center, a townhouse-style residential building in the heart of the south student neighborhood, opened its doors to students in 2018. By the end of 2020, the Music/Theatre Building is expected to be renovated for the growing computer science department.

In the academic arena, the University partnered with 2U, one of the foremost education technology companies in the U.S., to create online graduate programs in business, education, and law that are extending UD’s reach in new markets. Law@Dayton is one of the nation’s first accredited hybrid Juris Doctor programs in the country.

Annual sponsored research has continued its upward momentum to a record $166 million, a testament to the creativity, innovation, and ingenuity fostered in the labs and classrooms.

As the University lays the groundwork for a major campaign, private support has hit record levels, with more than $40 million in new commitments each of the last three fiscal years.

Dr. Spina is the first University of Dayton president to engage with the campus community, alumni, and friends through the tools of new media—and he’s prolific about it. He’s built a fan base—and a reputation as a compelling storyteller—through tweets, Instagram photos, blogs, and LinkedIn articles.

Nationally, he serves on the steering committee of the American Talent Initiative, a collaborative of universities with high graduation rates that are dedicated to substantially expanding opportunity and access for low- and moderate-income students. He is a member of the NCAA Presidential Forum and serves on the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Before taking the leadership helm at the University of Dayton, Dr. Spina developed a stellar reputation for scholarship, teaching, and research at Syracuse University, where he served as vice chancellor and provost for nearly nine years of his 28-year tenure.

He began his career at Syracuse as a faculty member in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, earned tenure and was named chair of the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Manufacturing Engineering. In 2003, he was appointed the Douglas D. Danforth dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, a position he held until his appointment as interim vice chancellor and provost in July 2006 and vice chancellor and provost in 2007. In 2013, Dr. Spina also served as interim chancellor and president.

As a mechanical and aerospace engineer, Dr. Spina has more than 20 years of research experience in experimental fluid mechanics. He has served as principal or co-principal investigator on grants from the National Science Foundation, NASA, and EPA.

He holds two U.S. patents, has published more than 30 refereed archival and conference papers, and has edited books and conference proceedings. His most important work is on the physics of high-speed turbulent boundary layers, which culminated in a paper in the Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics. Dr. Spina also played a leading role in developing university and state initiatives in indoor environmental quality and environmental quality systems at Syracuse, and helped to secure more than $100 million to support this work.

In recognition of his work, Syracuse awarded Dr. Spina one of its highest honors—the Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contribution to the University’s Academic Programs.

Dr. Spina has also been honored by NASA and the National Science Foundation and received numerous department, college, and University teaching awards.

A Roman Catholic and native of Buffalo, New York, Dr. Spina graduated from Canisius High School, a Jesuit school. He earned a PhD and master’s degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree with university honors in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

He and his wife, Karen, have two children, daughter Kaitlyn and son Emery.

Dr. Paul H. Benson – Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs

Paul H. Benson, PhD, is provost and executive vice president of academic affairs and professor of philosophy. Dr. Benson specializes in ethics and moral psychology. He joined the University faculty in 1985 to teach in the philosophy department, began serving as interim provost in 2014 and was appointed to the provost position in 2016. He served as dean in the College of Arts and Sciences from 2007 to 2014, as associate dean for Integrated Learning and Curriculum from 2005 to 2007, and as chairperson of the Department of Philosophy from 2001 to 2004. He received his BA, summa cum laude, in philosophy from St. Olaf College in 1979. He was awarded a four-year Danforth Graduate Fellowship and a one-year Whiting Foundation Dissertation Fellowship to pursue doctoral work at Princeton, where he received his PhD in philosophy in 1984. He taught at Virginia Tech and the University of Vermont before coming to the University of Dayton. Before being appointed Department Chair, he served as Director of the CORE Program and was twice named a finalist for the College of Arts and Sciences’ outstanding teaching award.

Academic Programs and Faculty

In Pursuit of Knowledge

Our spirit ignites a boundless curiosity that drives us to bravely face the unknown, engage in exploration, and make new discoveries. Here, we examine the relationship between faith and reason. We integrate knowledge across disciplines, and we educate for service, justice, and peace.

Across all of our more than 80 undergraduate and 50 graduate and doctoral programs, our academics are challenging. Not just for the sake of it, but because there are real challenges in the world that need to be met. That way, when graduation arrives, you won’t be entering the real world for the first time. You’ll already be part of it, fully prepared for your career—and for life.

Our faculty demonstrate connected learning and scholarship by integrating teaching, research, and service. They engage students from across the University through traditional and innovative approaches to learning.


College of Arts and Sciences

School of Business Administration

School of Education and Health Sciences

School of Engineering

School of Law

The Student Body

Total Enrollment                                                         :11,474

Female: 5,473

Male: 6,001

From Ohio:  5,621


Non-Resident International: 1,204

Latinx/Chicanx/Hispanic: 650

American Indian or Alaskan Native: 2

Asian: 164

Black or African American: 481

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 5

White: 8,377

Two or More Races: 434

Undisclosed Race/Ethnicity: 150

International – Outside US: 1

Benefits Overview

As an employee of the University of Dayton, you have the following benefits, among others, available to you:

  • Health plans
  • Dental plans
  • Vision plans
  • Retirement plans
  • Supplemental retirement plans
  • Disability plans
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Long term care insurance
  • Accidental death and dismemberment insurance
  • Tuition assistance
  • Life insurance
  • Leave benefits
  • Employee assistance program

Application & Nomination

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