Reichert to Lead Engineering Ph.D. Education and Diversity Efforts

Biomedical engineering Professor Monty Reichert was named Associate Dean for Diversity and PhD Education Friday, July 2 in an announcement from Dean Tom Katsouleas.

The Associate Dean for Diversity and PhD Education position is new and reflects a modest re-structuring of the Dean's Office to provide a point person for each of the three areas of education: Associate Dean Linda Franzoni for Undergraduate Education, Reichert for PhD Education and Senior Associate Dean Jeff Glass for Masters Education and coordination of overlapping portions such as the 4+1 degree. Currently PhD Education is overseen by Sr. Assoc. Dean for Research April Brown. This change will allow Brown's portfolio to focus again on research administration and research advancement.  I believe that all three education sectors and research in Pratt will benefit from having a leader focused on each.

Reichert's appointment is effective July 1, 2010.
 
Reichert's background and talents are ideally suited to both the transition and permanent roles. In 2008-09, he received a fellowship from the American Council on Education to spend the academic year with the president of Carnegie-Mellon University on
assessing and advising on CMU's international strategy. At Duke, he has served as director of graduate studies (DGS) for the Biomedical Engineering Department, as the Pratt representative to the Duke Graduate School and a member of the JB Duke Scholarship Committee. 

His leadership and expertise in promoting diversity are nationally recognized through published work on the techniques he developed in his role as DGS. His work on diversity has led to receiving the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring from the Duke Graduate School, the Pioneer Award from the Samuel DuBois Cook Society, and the Catalyst for Institutional Change Award from the Quality Education for Minorities Network. The role of diversity in recruitment and strengthening the PhD program are of course interrelated, but Pratt will benefit across the board from having a named leader with Monty's expertise and responsibility for promoting diversity in all areas. 

Reichert is a prolific scholar and builder of programs. This year he was recognized by the Society for Biomaterials with the Clemson Award for Basic Research in Biomaterials. He is the director of the Center for Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering at Duke and recently with Associate Dean Martha Absher has led the NAE Grand Challenge Scholars program, successfully resourced its development through an NSF grant and grown it to over 35 schools around the nation.

"I expect him to be no less transformative in this new role at Pratt," said Katsouleas.