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Dhaliwal Named Interim Dean of Graduate School and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Contact: Gabrielle Maxey

Dr. Jasbir Dhaliwal

June 10, 2014 - Dr. Jasbir Dhaliwal has been named interim dean of the Graduate School and vice provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Memphis, replacing Dr. Karen Weddle-West, who was appointed interim provost recently.

“I am pleased to announce that Dr. Dhaliwal has agreed to serve in this important role overseeing the University’s portfolio of doctoral, master’s, educational specialist and graduate certificate programs,” said Weddle-West. “In addition to a natural passion for student success, he brings intellect and business acumen to the role at a time when the University is transitioning its operational model for academics to deal with a changing strategic environment. He will help us innovate, reach across disciplinary boundaries, and tie our graduate and research programs to the diverse needs of our community partners.”

“I am delighted that Dr. Dhaliwal has agreed to serve in this capacity,” said President M. David Rudd. “His ability to recruit graduate students, market our high-quality graduate programs and create initiatives that generate funding to support gradate students is unmatched. He will be an excellent steward of the Graduate School.”

Dhaliwal joined the university in 2005 as a tenured professor and chair of the Department of Management Information Systems. In 2006, he brought together diverse interdisciplinary faculty from computer science, information systems and engineering to launch the Systems Testing Excellence Program (STEP) in the FedEx Institute of Technology. The success of STEP has helped position the FedEx Institute as a national center for expertise in the testing of complex, real-time and global systems with continuing partnerships with the likes of FedEx and the U.S. Department of Defense.

In 2009, Dhaliwal was appointed associate dean for Research and Academic Programs in the Fogelman College of Business & Economics. Facing a downward trend in national MBA enrollment, he doubled the number of FCBE master’s students in four years. He also was instrumental in helping the U of M achieve a ranking among the top 25 online graduate business programs for veterans by U.S. News & World Report. In 2012, Dhaliwal received the University’s Research Millionaire Award for bringing in significant research funding from external sources. He was awarded the 2013 Papasan Family Professorship for Exemplary Leadership in recognition for his many contributions to the Fogelman College.  

Dhaliwal has garnered a distinguished record of scholarship nationally and internationally in systems testing. He is regularly invited to present keynote talks at both research and practitioner forums across the world. 

Dhaliwal received MBA and PhD degrees in 1984 and 1993 respectively from the University of British Columbia. He has academic and research leadership experience from the National University of Singapore, what is now the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University, and the Norwegian School of Business in Oslo.

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