First Candidate for Dean of College of Education and Health Professions to Make Open Presentation

Jason R. Carter
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Jason R. Carter

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Jason R. Carter, a candidate for the position of dean of the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas, will visit campus and give 30- to 40-minute public presentation Monday, Feb. 4.

Carter is the associate vice president for Research Development and a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology at Michigan Technological University.

His presentation is set for 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Reynolds Center Auditorium. The topic will be "What do you see as your future vision of the College of Education and Health Professions?" A reception will follow the presentation.

All College of Education and Health Professions faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend. Interested alumni, friends and community members are also welcome. Attendees can provide feedback to the search committee through a form on the committee website.

Carter is one of three finalists chosen by the search committee chaired by Donald Judges, vice provost for distance education. Other finalists will speak from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Reynolds Center Auditorium on Feb. 11 and Feb. 25.

Carter has worked at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan, since 2002. He served on the faculty and became chair of the Department of Exercise Science, Health and Physical Education in 2006. He served as associate dean of the College of Sciences and Arts from 2012 to 2016, chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology from 2011 to 2018, and assistant to the vice president for research for Research Development from 2016 to 2018. He became the associate vice president for Research Development in 2018.

Earlier, Carter also worked for the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, as a visiting scholar in the Department of Medicine from 2014 to 2016 and spent a full academic-year sabbatical from 2015 to 2016 with that department. From 2012 to 2015, he worked as an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

The candidate earned his doctoral degree in biological sciences in 2003 from Michigan Technological University and his bachelor's degree in biological sciences from the same institution in 2000, when he graduated summa cum laude. His research interests include autonomic and cardiovascular control in humans, sleep and sympathetic neural control in humans, neurovascular reactivity to mental stress, sex differences and sympathetic nerve activity, and sleep and human performance.

The selected candidate will fill the Henry G. Hotz Endowed Dean's Chair, which was funded by a $1.5 million gift from Palmer and Marie Hotz of Foster City, California, and a $2 million gift from the Walton Family Foundation. The chair was named in honor of Palmer and Hartman Hotz's father, Henry G. Hotz, who served as the college's fourth dean. The chair provides resources to further the dean's contribution to teaching, research and public service.

The dean search committee members include Lisa Bowers, Freddie Bowles, Michelle Gray, Meredith Green, Kelly Vowell Johnson, Jack Kern, Wen-Juo Lo, Ketevan Mamiseishvili, Brandi Maples, Bob Maranto, Sherry Muir, Cheryl Murphy and Katy Nelson.


Kay Murphy, director of communications
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