Faith Morrison Appointed Associate Dean of Graduate School
Faith Morrison (Ch E) will serve Michigan Tech in the capacity of associate dean of the Graduate School beginning this semester. The position is half time, with Morrison continuing in her faculty role for the balance of her time.
Morrison will be involved in a number of projects in the Graduate School. A major project will be the development and implementation of university-level assessment of graduate student learning and graduate program review. She will also work to develop, implement and support efforts to attract and retain a diverse graduate student body and on other projects aimed at improving the graduate student experience at Michigan Tech.
Morrison brings 26 years of faculty and service experience to her new role. She has worked closely with ABET and Higher Learning Commission accreditation in the chemical engineering department as well as working as an academic advisor and as an advisor to student groups.
Her research expertise is in polymer rheology and she is well known nationally for her service in her professional society, the Society of Rheology, as well as for her authorship of two textbooks, including a popular introductory rheology text. Morrison’s national activities also include serving on the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Physics (AIP), as well as serving as chair of the AIP Audit Committee.
Morrison says, "I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity to address new challenges and to contribute to Michigan Tech in this new way. The team in the Graduate School is terrific and have been very welcoming."
Pushpa Murthy, vice provost for graduate education and dean of the graduate school said, "Professor Morrison brings a wealth of experience in student learning assessment and program review to the graduate school. In addition, her deep interest and passion in increasing the diversity on campus will be of great benefit as we continue to make the campus a more inclusive and welcoming place. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to benefit from her experience by involving her in the day-to-day operations of the Graduate School."