Dr. Karen M. Emmons, currently vice president for research and director of the Kaiser Foundation Research Institute in Oakland, CA, has been appointed dean for academic affairs at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She will rejoin the School after a three-year absence. Her first day as dean for academic affairs will be November 1.
[Dr. Karen Emmons]
Dr. Emmons will succeed Dr. David Hunter, who served with distinction as dean for academic affairs for seven years, including this past year as acting dean. “I am grateful to David for his outstanding efforts in these roles. Both Karen and I will be working with David to ensure a smooth transition as he returns to being a faculty member at our School,” Dean Michelle A. Williams said in her announcement on July 25.
As dean for academic affairs, Dr. Emmons will work with Dean Williams to oversee the major academic, research and educational operations of the School, including Faculty Affairs, Student Affairs, Education, Diversity and Inclusion, and Research Strategy and Development. Dr. Emmons brings extensive research experience in health disparities and community-based interventions to improve health equity, issues that are critically important to the Harvard Chan School. She is also an outstanding mentor and has received several awards for her work mentoring students and junior faculty.