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Glass Named Senior Associate Dean for Education & Learning Innovation at Duke Engineering

Glass will work to advance the school’s educational mission and enhance the student experience by providing coordinated oversight and strategic direction for its broad suite of undergraduate and master’s programs

 Jeffrey Glass, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, has been appointed as the school’s first Senior Associate Dean for Education and Learning Innovation effective July 1.

“With exciting new initiatives in areas such as undergraduate design, expansive growth in our master’s programs, and our ambitious vision for preparing Duke Engineering students to become creative, ethical and impactful leaders in a fast-changing world, the time is right for a dedicated leader to focus on charting our course in educational innovation for the years to come,” said Ravi V. Bellamkonda, Vinik Dean of Engineering, in announcing the appointment.

In his new role, Glass will work with faculty, staff and students to advance the school’s educational mission and enhance the student experience by providing coordinated oversight and strategic direction for its broad suite of undergraduate and master’s programs. 

Working closely with associate deans Linda Franzoni and Brad Fox as well as the school’s department chairs and directors of undergraduate and master’s studies, Glass will guide program operations, new academic program development, and curricular and learning innovations at both the undergraduate and master’s levels.  He will also lead Duke Engineering’s growing initiatives in distance and online education and non-degree programs such as certificates and executive education, and provide guidance for co-curricular programs such as the Smart Home, Learning Commons and First-Year Experience.

“I’m very excited to take on this new responsibility and participate in the continued growth of Duke Engineering’s global reputation,” said Glass. “We have incredibly innovative programs for our students at both the undergraduate and master’s levels.”

Among his first priorities to be to listen to faculty, staff and students to assess opportunities to refine current offerings or introduce new student-centered activities to fill any gaps, Glass said.  “I also will be looking to understand how we can integrate our various activities across the school in innovative ways to provide the best student experience possible. All of this really comes down to facilitating and connecting the excellent work of our faculty and staff.”

Glass joined the faculty at Duke University in 2003 after previous positions as vice president of R&D for Kobe Steel USA Inc. and co-director of the Institute for the Integration of Management and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. He is currently faculty director of Duke’s Master of Engineering Management program, Hogg Family Director of Engineering Management and Entrepreneurship and co-director of Duke’s Center for WaSH-AID (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Infectious Disease).

“I’m delighted to welcome Jeff to the school’s leadership team as senior associate dean,” said Bellamkonda. “Across his many responsibilities, he has proven to be a genial, collaborative and effective leader with a deep commitment to the success of students and colleagues at all levels. I know he will bring great energy to our shared efforts to deliver outstanding educational experiences that inspire and equip the next generation of engineering leaders.”