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Biology Professor Named Assistant Dean

by Aaron Hunt
“I’m most looking forward to the opportunity to mentor new faculty and helping them achieve their career goals,” Garner said.

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Judy Garner, associate professor of cell and neurobiology, has been named assistant dean for faculty affairs in the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

The Office of Faculty Affairs coordinates appointments, promotion and tenure, facilitates professional development, assists with personnel problems, works with the departments in obtaining approval of annual salaries, processes requests for sabbatical leave and conducts other important administrative matters for the faculty members in the Keck School.

“I’m most looking forward to the opportunity to mentor new faculty and helping them achieve their career goals,” Garner said. “I want to make the process of appointment and promotion as transparent and efficient as possible.”

Garner will work directly with Fred Sattler, senior associate dean of faculty affairs, as well as the offices of the dean, provost and general counsel.

“Judy will bring new perspectives to our efforts for equity and diversity, as well as bringing perspectives from the basic sciences,” Sattler said.

Garner will assist in mentoring, counseling, dossier preparation and review, preparation of contracts, collation and transmission of faculty data to the Association of American Medical Colleges, and general operations of the office.

She also will continue with her research on viral infections of the central nervous system and teaching students in advanced cell biology and human neuroanatomy, as well as helping the promotion of graduate programs on the HSC campus as chair of the Graduate Council.