Rebecca E. Kohn, Ph.D., was appointed Special Assistant to the President for Academic Affairs in October of 2018. In this role she assists President Nair in overseeing Academic Affairs while a search for a new Provost is conducted. During the search she will continue as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, a role she has held since July 1, 2017. Prior to coming to Arcadia, Dr. Kohn held several administrative positions at Ursinus College, including Senior Associate Dean of the College from 2016-17, Associate Dean of the College from 2015-16, and Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs from 2013-14. She is currently a Council member for the Association for General and Liberal Studies.
Dr. Kohn received an A.B. in Biochemistry from Dartmouth College in 1990 and a Ph.D. in Biology from the Johns Hopkins University in 1996. She pursued a postdoctoral fellowship at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation from 1996-99, where she developed a neuroscience research program.
Dr. Kohn joined the faculty at Ursinus College as an Assistant Professor in 1999, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2005, and to Full Professor in 2011. She was awarded the Laughlin Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement in 2008. As a member of the Biology Department, she maintained a research program studying nervous system function in the nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans. She taught the first year seminar sequence: The Common Intellectual Experience, Science and Mathematics in Society, and courses in the Biology Department, including Cell Biology, Genetics, Within the Cell: Further Explorations in Cell Biology and Genetics, and Molecular Neurobiology.
More than 70 undergraduate students pursued research in her laboratory and additional students pursued open-ended research projects as part of her Molecular Neurobiology course. As a result of this work, 43 undergraduates were co-authors with her on 13 peer-reviewed journal articles and numerous students were co-authors on research presentations at scientific conferences. Her research laboratory was supported by more than $900,000 in extramural funding from the National Science Foundation. She contributed to writing and coordinating institutional grants supporting STEM programming for students from underserved backgrounds, STEM scholarships, laboratory renovations, and general education revision that brought in more than $3,300,000 in funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, National Science Foundation, and Mellon Foundation.