Donde Plowman, the university’s executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer, made the announcement May 17. Carr, who has served as interim leader of graduate education since April 27, 2017, will assume the new permanent role on June 1. The appointment is pending Board of Regents approval.
“Graduate education has strong roots at Nebraska and I’m confident that Tim will help support programs to grow even stronger, be more innovative and to provide more student support for development as scholars, teachers, practitioners, future faculty and industry leaders,” Plowman said. “Tim has broad support from the campus and is a respected academic leader.”
Carr is a professor of nutrition and health sciences. He has recently served as the department chair of nutrition and health sciences and was acting associate dean of academic affairs in the College of Education and Human Sciences.
A faculty member at Nebraska since 1996, Carr previously held faculty appointments at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and the University of Minnesota.
“I am honored to continue the momentum of strengthening graduate and postdoctoral education programs at Nebraska,” Carr said. “I am also excited to build upon successes to support our graduate student community to pursue their passions.”
Carr earned a master’s in food science and doctorate in nutritional sciences from the University of Arizona. His research focuses on cholesterol transport in the body and how dietary factors influence cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. He has published more than 70 research articles, three textbooks, nine book chapters for textbooks, and numerous magazine and newspaper articles on diet and health issues.
He has received several research and teaching awards, including the Donald and Mary Lee Swanson Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004 and the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Education in 2010. He has been a consultant to the World Health Organization and private industry, and is on the editorial boards for two professional journals.
As associate vice chancellor and dean of graduate education, Carr is the university’s chief academic and administrative officer for graduate education. He is responsible for leading and coordinating all aspects of graduate education and working with graduate programs to implement policies that support recruitment, academic achievement and resourcing of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
The position reports directly to the executive vice chancellor. It includes oversight of Nebraska’s offices of graduate and postdoctoral studies.
The search for Nebraska’s new associate vice chancellor was led by a 10-member committee that included faculty, staff and students. Katherine Ankerson, dean of architecture and professor of interior design, served as committee chair.