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About the Dean

Dr. Andrew J. Grosovsky was appointed dean of the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) at the University of Massachusetts, Boston in August 2007. During his tenure at UMass Boston, Dean Grosovsky has been committed to improving the success of CSM students and faculty members.

The establishment of the CSM Student Success Center (SSC) in the 2008-2009 academic year is one important indication of the College’s commitment to the success of all students. The SSC serves as a clearinghouse, working closely with partner organizations and individuals within CSM and elsewhere in the university, to deliver student success programs and services geared to science students. Programs include Freshman Success Communities, Supplemental Instruction, Summer Bridge Program, undergraduate research and internship opportunities, and mid-semester intervention program.

Under Dean Grosovsky’s leadership, CSM was awarded a grant from the Davis Foundation to create a Program for Instructional Innovation (Pi²) to support CSM faculty as they develop and implement new and innovative pedagogical methods. Pi² is establishing programs to support faculty in utilizing new and existing classroom spaces and instructional technology to maximize student engagement.

CSM is creating new biotechnology and life sciences research and training opportunities for faculty and students. Dean Grosovsky has led a UMass Boston effort, in partnership with the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, to establish the Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy (CPCT). CPCT’s mission is to develop highly specific, accurate and affordable cancer tests, and to do so at a cost that will make them feasible for use by physicians in the community.

Dean Grosovsky’s own research focuses on the mechanisms of environmental carcinogenesis, with an emphasis on studies of mutagenesis, recombination, and genomic instability in human cells. His research has been supported by major grants from NIH, U.S. Department of Energy, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He is widely published in his field and has been frequently asked to speak at major national and international conferences. Prior to joining UMass Boston, he served as the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at the University of California, Riverside from 2004 to 2007, where he was a professor in the Department of Cell Biology & Neuroscience for many years. He was also a member of UC Riverside graduate programs in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biomedical Sciences, and Genetics, and served in the leadership of the Environmental Toxicology graduate program. In his former role as Vice Provost, he led many initiatives to improve retention and graduation rates among one of the nation’s most diverse undergraduate student populations. Dean Grosovsky also has a strong interest in promoting undergraduate research as an important means of enhancing student learning and engagement.

Dean Grosovsky’s first faculty appointment was in the Department of Biology at York University in Toronto, Ontario. He earned his A.B. in biology from Boston University, and his M.S. and Sc.D. in physiology (cancer biology) from Harvard University, where he held NRSA pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships.

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