Smita Ruzicka, PhD

Dean of Student Life

Dr. Smita Ruzicka joined the Hopkins community in August of 2018. Dr. Ruzicka serves as Dean of Student Life where she provides leadership for a wide portfolio of services and programs aimed to enhance the overall student experience. Her portfolio includes student leadership and involvement, diversity and inclusion, health and wellness, residential life, crisis management and support services.

Dr. Ruzicka’s team provides programs, resources, and services that support students as they strive for educational excellence. The team navigates each student’s smooth transition to campus from community living to negotiating time management skills and helping them to exercise their leadership potential to the fullest. Dr. Ruzicka’s caring community of Residential Staff, Case Managers and Counselors support the health and wellness of students. Dr. Ruzicka’s office is responsible for adjudicating the Student Conduct Code, maintaining campus traditions, providing peer resources, and contributing to a community where all students can learn, connect, and grow.

Dr. Ruzicka brings over 15 years of experience in higher education and leadership. Prior to serving in her current role, Dr. Ruzicka was the Assistant Vice President for Campus Life at Tulane University where she provided leadership and oversight of new student orientation, student organization management, sorority and fraternity life, student government advising, campus-wide programming and leadership development along with overseeing the student union and conference center. Dr. Ruzicka also served in various leadership positions at The University of Texas at Austin. She also served as a lecturer in the educational psychology department at UT-Austin teaching courses on diversity and inclusion as well as leadership theories and practice.

Dr. Ruzicka earned her BA in psychology and English from Trinity University (TX), an MA in counseling psychology from Texas State University, and a PhD in Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include South Asian American college students and Asian American issues. She has served on a number of professional organizations and community organization boards including the YWCA of Greater Austin and the Indian American Coalition of Central Texas.