Stephens College is pleased to announce that Dr. Julia Moffitt, a nationally recognized teacher, scholar, scientist and leader, has been named the new Dean of the School of Health Sciences at Stephens College. She began her new position earlier this week.

“We’re thrilled that Dr. Moffitt is joining Stephens College,” Vice President for Academic Affairs Leslie Willey said. “Not only will she offer our students her 20 years of teaching experience, she brings to the College an impressive commitment to the advancement of her field, record of service to health sciences, involvement in a diverse range of student-centric committees and initiatives, and proven success as both a scientist and leader.

“Taken together these attributes ensure Dr. Moffitt has the knowledge, energy and collaborative spirit to propel our health sciences program to both next levels of opportunity for our students and service to our community at large. We know that under Dr. Moffitt’s leadership our health sciences initiatives will continue to expand and achieve national recognition.”

Dr. Moffit’s considerable experience encompasses department leadership and management, extensive committee service, considerable scientific research and publication, and as well as significant teaching experience in programs including the biomedical sciences, kinesiology, and physiology and pharmacology, Willey said.

She most recently served as a professor and chair of the Department of Physiology, Pharmacology and Pathology at the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Other recent professional appointments include professor and chair at St. Ambrose University preceded by five years as faculty at Des Moines University. She has been an invited lecturer at nearly 30 national and regional events and conferences; has authored nearly 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and published abstracts; and has received significant funding for her research work.

Dr. Moffitt earned her B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, an M.A. in Cardiac Rehabilitation from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Ph.D. in the Physiology area program in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her education also includes a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Iowa, where she focused her work on physiology, pharmacology and behavior. She has been recognized with numerous awards for teaching excellence as well as for her research and professional service.

About her appointment, Dr. Moffit said: “I am honored to be entrusted to lead the health sciences at Stephens College. Stephens has such a long and storied tradition of excellence in creative and performing arts and has made tremendous contribution to the future of the health sciences, including the launch in 2016 of a physician assistant program. I see an even greater potential for other avenues of growth broadly with undergraduate STEM and additional health sciences programs. I am excited to dig in and see where I can be of service to the students, faculty and staff of Stephens.”

Founded in 1833, Stephens College has a long history of innovation in women’s education, including a commitment to quality teaching in the sciences for women from the earliest days of the College. The School of Health Sciences is one of three schools at Stephens College and is home to an expanding offering of undergraduate programs in the health sciences, including clinical, pre-professional and management programs as well as two graduate degree programs focused on making a difference in our communities: a Master of Education in Counseling and a Master of Physician Assistant Studies.

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