Esteemed Higher Education Leader and Scholar Appointed Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science


John Griffin will lead Rutgers-Camden’s largest college unit

The appointment of John Griffin, Ph.D., a noted higher education leader and scholar, as Dean of the Rutgers-Camden Faculty of Arts and Sciences, was announced by Chancellor Antonio D. Tillis of the Rutgers-Camden University.

The appointment is effective July 1, 2022. As Dean, Griffin will lead the growth of Rutgers-Camden University‘s largest academic unit, which has 2,462 undergraduate students and 561 graduate students in 25 degree programs. bachelor’s and 24 master’s and doctoral programs. . programs.

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Griffin is currently the senior senior associate at Clemson University, where he is also a professor of biology. As a member of Clemson’s leadership team, Griffin played a collaborative role in the development and implementation of the ClemsonForward strategic plan, which includes several key initiatives focused on increasing diversity and inclusion on campus. He also led initiatives that led to the university’s reclassification from Carnegie R-2 to R-1, while reaffirming the university’s commitment to academic excellence and community engagement.

Griffin brings to his new role a strong belief in the power of the liberal arts and sciences as the fundamental center of a university and the student experience.

“It is with a liberal arts foundation that leaders emerge and new ways of thinking are created,” Griffin said. “I believe that my experience and my commitment to shared governance, diversity and inclusion will strengthen the university community and promote student success. An interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and research is also central to what I will bring to the Faculty of Arts and Science and Rutgers University Camden.

Chancellor Tillis hailed Griffin as a transformative educator who shares the university’s unwavering commitment to experiential learning, community connections, and faculty engagement and development.

“Dr. Griffin comes to Rutgers-Camden at a pivotal time in our university’s history,” Chancellor Tillis said. “We are excited about the burgeoning initiatives that will propel Rutgers-Camden toward fulfilling its mission. and its core values, and look forward to the leadership that Dr. Griffin will bring to these efforts.

At Clemson, where Griffin also served as Dean of Undergraduate Studies, he oversaw the nationally recognized Bridge to Clemson program. He has worked with department heads to develop curriculum pathways that promote transfer student success and access to accelerated degree programs, both internally and with external institutional partners. He also led the creation of the Clemson Summer Start program, which offers new students the opportunity to enroll early and progress toward graduation by completing a stimulating academic experience during the summer before their first year. Additionally, Griffin has worked with partners across the university to create holistic programs that support the full development of students as individuals and members of the community. These efforts and others have resulted in Clemson’s highest retention rate from first to second year of 93.6% and six-year graduation rate of 84.9%.

Griffin has also worked to increase student access and diversity, while creating an environment of inclusive excellence. He helped hire Clemson’s first Chief Diversity Officer, worked to promote greater diversity among faculty and staff, and led several retention initiatives focused on students from diverse backgrounds. He was also a member of the leadership team for the first Men of Color Summit and served on the President’s Task Force on Social Justice and Equity, and recently led campus-wide conversations on the social justice issues.

An academy member since 1993, Griffin previously served as a fellow at Harvard Medical School and Harvard College. He served on the faculties of several universities and, during a 16-year tenure at William & Mary, was the founding director of the interdisciplinary neuroscience program, divisional dean of natural and social sciences, and dean of undergraduate studies. He has also developed greater access through the support of transfer students and by teaching a first-year seminar designed to support and develop the scientific interests of students from underrepresented backgrounds.

Griffin earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 1988. He received a master’s degree in physiology in 1991 and a doctorate in physiology in 1993, both from Ohio State University.

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University Camden has 191 faculty who teach a wide range of subjects spanning the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and arts. The academic unit is home to the first PhD in Childhood Studies. program in the United States, a cutting-edge computational and integrative biology program that establishes the next generation of computational imaging to solve complex health problems, a center for digital studies that offers a multidisciplinary approach to exploring the impact of technology on society, and many more Suite.

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University in Camden attracts millions of dollars in highly competitive federal research funding each year from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Justice. The school offers students a portfolio of learning experiences, including international studies, the opportunity to create original research, and internships in multinational and local organizations.


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