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Dr. James “Michael” Mardis

Dean of Students and Acting Vice President for Student Affairs

Michael Mardis Photo 1.JPGAs the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students he oversees the areas of Campus Housing, Career Services, Counseling, Disabilities, Student Support Services (Grant), Student Involvement, Recreational Sports, Student Activities Center, Student Government, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Rights and Responsibilities, Dean of Students Office, Off-Campus Student Programs, Service and International Service Learning (Award winning programs to Botswana, Philippines, Trinidad & Tobago, Croatia,& Belize), Assessment & Planning, Student Grievance, and Student Advocacy. 

Dr. Mardis has more than eighteen years of professional experience working in Student Affairs.  He returned to the University of Louisville in July 2007, as the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, having previously served here as a Program Coordinator, Adjunct Instructor and Judicial Affairs Officer before accepting a position at Radford University in July 2001 as Associate Dean of Students and then Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.   

He received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Education and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Organizational Development from UofL, and has served as an adjunct instructor for graduate programs at Radford University and the University of Louisville.

An active presenter at national conference, webinars and regional conferences, Dr. Mardis speaks on a wide range of topics, including behavioral intervention teams, victim advocacy, student conduct, student engagement, campus safety, pandemic preparation, new professionals, professional balance, student organizations, the power of partnerships, leadership and international service learning.  

A 1999 graduate of the Gehring Institute, Dr. Mardis has also previously served as the site coordinator and faculty member for the NASPA/SACSA New Professionals Institute, was the NASPA Kentucky Director for three years, and served on the NASPA Region III Board.  He currently serves as the ASCA National Coordinator for Communities of Practice on Threat Assessment and Behavioral Intervention Teams.  He is also the NASPA Excellence Award Chair for Violence Education and prevention, Crisis Management, and Campus Security.

Dean Mardis is passionate about providing a quality student experience for all students and has been a dedicated champion of enhancing student life at the University of Louisville.

I encourage you to contact me if you have questions or to share your ideas about improving campus life. You can reach me at 852-5787 or via email at

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