Jennifer Dennis serves as the Vice Provost and Dean for the Graduate School effective April 25, 2016. Prior to her appointment, Jennifer served as Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Horticulture at OSU since June 2015. Previously, she served as Director of Distance Education for the College of Agriculture at Purdue University. Before coming to OSU, she was on the Purdue University faculty for 11 years with a joint appointment in the departments of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture and Agricultural Economics, with an emphasis in specialty crops and consumer behavior.
As Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, Dennis will provide leadership for graduate education and serve as an advocate for graduate students. She was active at Purdue in mentoring graduate students, as well as post-doctoral researchers, junior faculty and students of color. She was an adviser to the Black Student Union and the Black Graduate Student Union at Purdue and is the adviser for the Black Graduate Student Association at Oregon State.
Dennis has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in horticulture from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in horticulture from Michigan State University with a minor in marketing and consumer behavior.
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