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Linda Aldoory, Associate Dean for Research and Programming, and Professor of Communication
laldoory@umd.edu, 301-405-7364

Linda Aldoory, Ph.D. is Associate Dean for Research and Programming for the College or Arts and Humanities, and Professor in the Department of Communication. She is former Endowed Chair and Director of the Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy located in the School of Public Health at UMD. Aldoory's research focuses on health communication and public relations. She examines effects of campaigns and messages on underserved health populations. Some of her most recent grants have been with Prince George's County Health Department and Atlantic General Hospital and Health System. Her research is published in leading journals of the field, such as Journal of Communication, Journal of Health Communication, Health Communication and Journal of Public Relations Research. She has worked in health communication for over 20 years and has consulted for federal agencies, such as the CDC, FDA and USDA. She formerly worked for the Bronx Perinatal Consortium and American Psychiatric Association in public health campaigns.                                                              

Amanda Dykema, Research and Grant Writing Coordinator
adykema@umd.edu, 301-405-4698

Amanda Dykema earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Maryland with a dissertation on racialized subjects in contemporary US ethnic literatures. Her research interests include 20th/21st century literature and cultural studies, comparative racialization, gender and queer studies, and critical theory. Prior to coming to the College of Arts and Humanities, she was the business coordinator in the Department of English at UMD. In her freelance work as a grant reviewer and editor, Amanda has helped a variety of academic and nonprofit clients secure funding from NEH, NSF, DOJ, ED, and other agencies. As Research and Grant Writing Coordinator, she supports college faculty in identifying and securing resources to further their research and scholarship. 

Ashley Richerson Miller, Research and Programming Coordinator
arichers@umd.edu, 301-405-2095

Ashley earned B.S. degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance from William Jewell College, and a M.Ed. in Community Arts, Integrated Arts specialization from Lesley University. Her professional interests include interdisciplinary and arts-integrated education, arts administration, curriculum development, event planning, and programming. Prior to coming to the College of Arts and Humanities, she worked as a musician, educator and administrator in schools, nonprofits and higher education. Ashley is responsible for coordinating administrative operations and programming for the center.