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Victoria Dahmes, Ph.D.

Department/Program: Academic Achievement


Victoria Muth Dahmes, Ph.D., Associate Professor, has been a member of the faculty of Our Lady of Holy Cross College (OLHCC) since 2004. In her previous public school career, Dr. Dahmes received awards as both a Blue Ribbon principal and a teacher of reading. She was selected in 1997 as one of two hundred American educators to tour Japan through the Fulbright Memorial Fund.

At Our Lady of Holy Cross College, she served on the OLHCC Educational Leadership Course Re-Design Committee, the Task Force on Retention, and the Educational Reform Task Force. She is the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Chair of the Department of Developmental Studies. Her primary responsibility is to coordinate, monitor, and maintain effective instruction and support services for underprepared students. She also serves as the College’s Institutional Effectiveness Officer, Liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Colleges, and Strategic Planning Coordinator.

Dr. Dahmes was awarded endowed professorships in 2012 and 2013. Dr. Dahmes earned a Ph.D. degree in Educational Leadership from the University of New Orleans, a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Loyola University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Western Michigan University. She received post graduate training as a participant in the Executive Program of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Her special passion is ‘serving the underserved’.

Curriculum Vitae

B.S. in Education, Western Michigan University (1970)

M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling, Loyola University (1977)

Master’s Degree plus 30 Graduate Hours in Curriculum and Instruction, University of New Orleans (1981)

Executive Program Participant, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government (1998)

Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, University of New Orleans (2002)

Certification in the State of Louisiana as Superintendent, Elementary or Secondary School Principal, Supervisor of Instruction, Reading Specialist, Counselor, Supervisor of Student Teachers, and Teacher of Elementary Grades

Courses Taught

EDG 607 History and Philosophy of Education in a Diverse Society

EDG 631 Foundations of Administration

EDG 633 School Personnel Administration

EDG 641 Methods of Teaching Reading/Language Arts/Advanced

EDG 642 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas/Advanced

Office Location

The PSSP Office is in the Teaching and Learning Center on the first floor between the Office of Student Life and the exit to the faculty parking lot.

Office Hours


Mailing Address

The Preparing Students for Success Program, Our Lady of Holy Cross College, 4123 Woodland Drive, New Orleans, LA 70131

Direct Phone

(504) 398-2237

Email Address