Class Deans

First-Years Jason Rodocker, Associate Dean of Students and Dean for First-Year Experience

Dean Rodocker is the primary resource for new undergraduate students from the time they commit to attend W&L through the start of their sophomore year. Jason has worked at W&L for 10 years. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Hanover College, where he majored in Communication. He received his Master of Science in Higher Education and Student Affairs and Juris Doctor at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. His responsibilities as Dean include coordinating summer communication, Leading Edge pre-orientation trips, First-Year housing, orientation week, academic advising, peer tutoring, First-Year Leadership Council (FYLC), extended orientation, Phi Eta Sigma honor society and other services and support for First-Years in promoting the University mission. Jason enjoys sports, the outdoors, and participating in a variety of athletic, recreational and community endeavors.

Sophomores Megan Schneider, Assistant Dean of Students and Dean of Sophomores

Dean Schneider serves as the primary resource for sophomores and second-year transfer students. She is responsible for the development and management of student affairs programming and in support of Washington and Lee's student self-governance model, often collaborates with the Executive Committee’s sophomore class representatives and a variety of other student leaders. Megan also advises and offers resource referrals to students seeking additional support during their sophomore year. Looking for a way to encourage sophomores to think more proactively about their second year on-campus, Megan partnered with Associate Provost, Marc Conner, and select staff from Career Development to design the SophoMORE Program. The new program (in only its second year) is proving to be in high demand - filling to capacity within 24 hours this year! Megan looks forward to engaging non-participants in other programs throughout the year, offering follow-up opportunities for program participants, and hopefully exploring ways to grow the program for 2015. Dean Schneider is originally from New Jersey. She graduated from Elon University with a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communications and credits her undergraduate experience for much of her drive to become a Student Affairs professional. She received her Masters of Education in Counseling Psychology at James Madison University.

Juniors Tammi Simpson, Associate Dean of Students and Dean of Juniors

Dean Simpson’s role as the Dean of Juniors is to ensure that members of the junior class continue to thrive academically and socially at W&L. She collaborates with student affairs staff, as well as with faculty and staff in other departments to best serve students’ needs. Tammi chairs the Student-Faculty Hearing Board which adjudicates students’ complaints of prohibited discrimination, harassment, retaliation, sexual misconduct and hazing. Additionally, she serves as an adviser to the Student Association for Black Unity, and the Calyx yearbook staff. Prior to joining the Division of Student Affairs in December 2013, she worked for the U.S. Department of Justice for 15 years as a federal prosecutor in the Western District of Tennessee, Eastern Division; a Senior Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division; and an Attorney Advisor in the Department’s Office of Legislative Affairs. Before joining the Department of Justice, Simpson was a staff attorney at Habitat for Humanity International, Inc., in Americus, Georgia, and later joined the District Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, Georgia, where she prosecuted felonies. Tammi graduated from W&L in 1991 with a double major in political science and French. She received her Juris Doctor in 1994 from the University of Tennessee, College of Law, in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Seniors Tammy Futrell, Associate Dean of Students and Dean of Seniors

The Senior Year Experience is designed to assist seniors and equip them with various skills as they transition into graduate school, professional school or enter into the workforce. Seniors will have the opportunity to attend a variety of life and career skills programs, celebratory events, and other activities that will promote a strong sense of class unity and cultivate a life-long relationship between our future alumni and the University. Dean Futrell joined Washington and Lee in 2003 and has 18 years of professional experience in higher education administration. She is committed to holistic development and success of our students and looks forward to engaging with the members of the senior class. Tammy was born and raised in Newport News, Virginia. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth in 1994. She continued her education at Longwood University where she received a Master of Science degree in Education in 1996.