Georgia Lorenz has worked in Academic Affairs at SMC for more than ten years. She started as the Director of Instructional Services. She was named Associate Dean of Instructional Services in 2006 and was the Dean of Instructional Services from 2008-2014.
Prior to coming to SMC Lorenz was the Associate Director of the University of Southern California Center for Urban Education where she managed grant-funded research projects focused on using institutional data to examine and achieve equity in educational outcomes for traditionally underrepresented students. She has also authored, co-authored, and contributed to papers, journal articles, and chapters in books, including “Confronting Equity Issues on Campus: Implementing the Equity Scorecard in Theory and Practice.” Prior to that, she worked in student affairs at USC and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, managing and providing leadership support in both student affairs and residential life. She has also served as an adjunct professor in USC’s Rossier School of Education doctoral program.
As Vice President of Academic Affairs, Lorenz has direct responsibility for providing leadership and administrative oversight to the college's instructional programs, including curriculum, 21 academic departments, satellite campuses, learning resources, distance education, continuing education and health sciences.
Dr. Lorenz earned a PhD in Educational Policy, Planning and Administration at USC, where she received the Delta Epsilon Dissertation Award of Merit. She holds a Master of Science in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford University.