Meet the Ombudspersons

The ombudspersons are available to meet with students, faculty, and staff, on or off campus, at the individual's discretion. Their hours are flexible, and a time to meet can be arranged by phone or e-mail. All discussions are confidential.

To contact Erica Hoelscher, call (610) 758-3637, text (610) 295-7854, or email To contact Anne Meltzer, call (610) 758-3673 or email

Erica Hoelscher

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Erica Hoelscher is a Professor of Theatre in the Department of Theatre at Lehigh University, where she has been a member of the faculty since 1995. Erica served as department chair for six years, and as a member of many university and college committees including the Educational Policy Committee, Faculty Committee on Student Life, LU Council for the Arts, CAS Policy Committee and the Committee on Discipline. Erica teaches courses in apparel design, makeup design, costume technology, theatre history, and history of fashion, and has designed over fifty productions at Lehigh University. As a freelance designer, Erica has been recognized for envisioning costumes and scenery for various theatres in Philadelphia, NY, and Chicago. She is the Associate Artistic Director and a member of the board for the Idiopathic Ridiciulopathy Consortium, a Philadelphia theatre company specializing in Absurdism. Erica received her MFA in stage design from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

To contact Erica Hoelscher, call (610) 758-3637, text (610) 295-7854, or email

Anne Meltzer

Anne Meltzer

Anne Meltzer is a Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Trembley Chair in EES. She’s been at Lehigh since 1990. She holds a B.S. in Geology from Gilford College, a M.S. in Geology from the University of North Carolina, and a Ph.D. in Geology and Geophysics from Rice University. She teaches courses in natural hazards, seismology, and tectonics. Her research interests include the structure and evolution of mountains, continental plateaus, and subduction zones, and earthquake rupture processes both large and small. Her research and teaching has allowed her to travel and work around the world. Anne’s served on numerous Lehigh committees as well as EES Department Chair and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She’s currently a CAS First Year Student Mentor Advisor. At Lehigh Anne’s research and service have been recognized with a Class of '61 Professorship, the Deming Lewis Award, and the Hillman Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising. She’s a Fellow American Geophysical Union and received the American Geophysical Union Ambassador Award. Through her research, teaching, and service she’s developed a deep appreciation for the rich diversity of people and perspectives required for individuals, communities, and institutions to flourish.

To contact Anne Meltzer, call (610) 758-3673 or email