Eastern Michigan University appoints Jennifer Fritz as interim associate dean for the College of Health and Human Services

YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University named Jenny Fritz interim associate dean for the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS), effective May 20. In this position, she will work with the dean of CHHS to administer the College’s financial resources and oversee the College Advising Center, among other responsibilities.

Jennifer Fritz

“I am pleased that Jenny has accepted this appointment,” said Murali Nair, dean of EMU’s College of Health and Human Services. “I am confident that she will represent CHHS well and that the faculty, students and staff will benefit from her leadership.” 

Fritz’s goal is to bridge the gap between faculty, students and staff while creating a better sense of community. “I'm also really looking forward to overseeing the new Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice center,” she added.

Interprofessional education occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes (WHO, 2010).

“I'm excited about this opportunity and I feel excited about sharing my ideas and getting feedback from all college members as we move forward together,” said Fritz.

Fritz has over 23 years of experience as a full-time professor at EMU. Some of her primary research interests include prisoner reentry, mentoring, foster care and field education. Fritz teaches at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and serves on committees at the University and throughout her community. 

Before her current position, Fritz worked as the director for EMU’s School of Social Work. Fritz received her doctorate in social work and sociology from University of Michigan in 2005.

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 15,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and its graduate school. National publications regularly recognize EMU for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website. To stay up-to-date on University news, activities and announcements, visit EMU Today.

June 08, 2022

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