Contact: Gabrielle Maxey
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
“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.