Ruxandra (Sandra) Looft, advising coordinator and lecturer in the department of World Languages and Cultures (WLC) as well as a faculty affiliate in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, has been named director of the Margaret Sloss Women’s Center (MSWC) effective June 18.
Looft joined Iowa State in 2010 as a lecturer in German in WLC. In her current role, Looft advises up to 260 student annually, supervises staff and student workers, and develops goals and strategic initiatives for the academic advisers in WLC. Looft also leads an annual summer study abroad program to Berlin, Germany. Looft has experience collaborating across the university, serving on a diverse set of action committees, and implementing new programs both within and beyond WLC.
“I am thrilled to be joining the amazing team in the Margaret Sloss Women’s Center and our Dean of Students Office,” said Looft. “I am honored to contribute to the valuable work already being done at Iowa State University in supporting our students’ wellness and success and look forward to being able to dedicate my time to supporting our female students in particular.”
Looft will oversee the strategic vision of the MSWC, provide program planning and development, promote the MSWC programs to all students, supervise staff, and direct building operations for the Sloss House, located west of the Gerdin Business Building.
“Sandra brings nearly a decade of professional experience in higher education, both as a faculty member and administrator,” said Dr. Vernon Hurte, associate vice president of student affairs and dean of students. “Over her time here at Iowa State, Sandra has established herself as a respected voice promoting gender equity and inclusion in our community and beyond, and has proven to be a scholar and administrator fully committed to supporting student success. I am excited about the vision, leadership, and energy that Sandra will bring to the Margaret Sloss Women’s Center!”
Looft completed a bachelor’s degree in German from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio and a master’s degree in German Studies also from Bowling Green State University. Looft completed her Ph.D. in German and Comparative Literature with a concentration in feminist critical theory from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.