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New Faculty Appointments

Dr. Blake Rasmussen

Congratulations to Blake Rasmussen, PhD. Dr. Rasmussen has been appointed Associate Dean for Research in the School of Health Professions (SHP). He is also the Chair of the Department of Nutrition & Metabolism, Associate Director of the Center for Recovery, Physical Activity & Nutrition and the Sue Ann Hill Professor of Health Aging.

As part of his role as associate dean, Dr. Rasmussen will be establishing an advisory committee who will develop a strategic vision for short and long range research initiatives with SHP. He will also facilitate team science and strong collaborations across SHP, UTMB and other institutions and gather organizational and institutional support for major research initiatives.

Dr. Frank Ward

Congratulations to Dr. Frank Ward, EdD. Dr. Ward has been appointed Interim Assistant Dean of Academic and Student Affairs in the School of Health Professions (SHP). He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Respiratory Care.

Dr. Ward received his EdD in Higher Education Administration from George Washington University, his MSA in Management/ Administration from Central Michigan University and is BS in Medical Science from the University of Nebraska. Dr. Ward has a clinical background having practiced as a physician assistant, an administrative background as a hospital administrator, and has been involved in higher education for the last 20 years.

Dr. Eddie Salazar

Congratulations to Eddie Salazar, PhD. Dr. Salazar has been appointed Interim Chair in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Science in the School of Health Professions (SHP). He is currently the Program Director of the Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

Dr. Salazar earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Tech University and Master of Science degree in Instructional Technology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Salazar's efforts have been funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Department of Labor, and Academy of Master Teachers.