UoPeople is pleased to announce Dr. Preetha Ram as University of the People’s new Dean of General Studies. Dr. Ram has significant experience with peer-to-peer learning, international study, and academia. She is an incredible academic pioneer with a passion for international collaboration and her insights will be valuable as UoPeople progresses forward. We want to take the opportunity to thank our former Dean, Geraldine Downey, who stays with us on our General Studies Advisory Committee, for everything she has done for us. We wish Geraldine Downey all the best in her new position, and extend a warm welcome to Dr. Preetha Ram.
Dr. Ram currently serves as the Associate Dean for Pre-Health and Science Education at Emory University. She founded the PreHealth Mentoring Office to advise and mentor students interested in health care professions. She initiated Emory’s ChemMentors program, which promotes peer-led team learning and has now grown into a college wide academic support program called Supplemental Instruction. An international educator, she led the development of a science curriculum for Tibetan monastics at the request of the Dalai Lama. Her efforts led to a growth of science study aboard programs and internationalization initiatives not only at Emory but in other undergraduate institutions.
In addition to her academic achievements, Dr. Ram is a social entrepreneur. She is the co-founder of OpenStudy.com, a social learning network that enables students to connect, get help and study together. The site provides access to study help in real-time, anytime, across institutional boundaries and international borders.
Dr. Ram received her PhD in biophysical chemistry from Yale, holds an MBA from Emory, and an MSc in Chemistry from IIT Delhi. She earned an undergraduate degree from Women’s Christian College, Chennai, India. Dr. Ram has been recognized with several awards and honors including Emory College’s Excellence in Teaching Award for the Natural Sciences for her teaching, the Winship Award for outstanding lecturer faculty, the Emory Goizueta Business Schools’ Entrepreneurship Award for her startup, and a national award from the Institute of International Education, the 2007 Andrew Heiskell Award for her work on internationalization of science.
We look forward to the exceptional work Dr. Preetha Ram will be doing in her new role, assisting the creation of academic goals and objectives while overseeing the general studies core curricula and instructional staff.