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Jason Harris named associate dean for graduate programs and online education


Thursday, June 27th, 2019

Marion Underwood, dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences, announced Professor Jason Harris’ appointment as associate dean for graduate programs and online education in the following letter to faculty and staff.

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to announce that Jason Harris, associate professor in the School of Health Sciences (HSCI), will become associate dean for graduate programs and online education in the College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS), effective July 1, 2019. I’d like to thank Margo Monteith, Professor of Psychological Sciences, for leading the search. I appreciate her efforts and those of the search committee.

Jason earned a PhD in Health Physics from Purdue University School of Health Sciences in 2007 and returned to Purdue as a tenured associate professor in 2015. In addition to his appointment in HSCI, he holds a courtesy appointment in Purdue’s School of Nuclear Engineering. He is founder and director of Purdue’s Center for Radiological and Nuclear Security, director of HSCI’s health physics and industrial hygiene programs and, since 2018, has served as chair of the HSCI undergraduate curriculum committee.

His research investigates nuclear security, occupational and public radiation exposure from nuclear power, and radiation detection and instrumentation for reactor and accelerator applications. In 2018, he participated in the Purdue Insights Leadership Forum, a program that focuses on developing leadership skills in faculty who are interested in administration at Purdue, particularly at the associate head, head, associate dean, and center/institute director levels. He has been active in IMPACT (Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation) which seeks to create student-centered teaching and learning environments through collaboration and research-based practices, and was designated a Purdue University IMPACT Fellow in 2017.

I am very pleased that Jason has accepted this role. His enthusiastic leadership style and determination to enhance and grow our graduate and online education programs will serve him well in this exciting new position. Please join me in congratulating him.

Marion K. Underwood, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Health and Human Sciences
Professor, Psychological Sciences

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