Erin Driver-Linn, PhD, is Dean for Education and a member of the faculty in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. The Dean for Education position was newly created starting August 2018 to provide broad responsibility for all aspects of education at the School, including the Office of Education and the Office for Student Services. The Dean for Education provides dedicated strategic leadership for the educational activities of the Harvard Chan School, and plays a critical role in strengthening connections between SPH and other schools and offices across the University.
From 2012 to 2018, Dr. Driver-Linn served as founding director of the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT), a ten-year, $40 million initiative to catalyze innovation and excellence in teaching and learning across the University. In this capacity she launched a program that provided funding and support for more than 100 innovation grants, developed active networks and consortia of faculty, academic professional staff, and students involved in teaching and learning, and organized signature teaching and learning events for the university. From 2008 to 2018, Erin also served as Associate Provost for Institutional Research, guiding the work of the Office of Institutional Research to produce internal and external research projects to support university priorities and to provide policy analysis and analytic support for University decision makers.
Before joining the Office of the President and Provost in 2008, Erin was Associate Director for Research at the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning and taught in the Harvard Department of Psychology, where she received her PhD in experimental social psychology. Erin grew up in rural Arkansas and received a BA in Communication from the University of Arkansas. She is the recipient of a number of Distinction in Teaching Awards and the author of publications in Psychological Science and the American Psychologist, among others.
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