Professor Jennifer Dill to oversee research at PSU as interim VP
Author: University Communications
Posted: October 6, 2017

Portland State University President Rahmat Shoureshi on Friday appointed Professor Jennifer Dill as interim Vice President for Research overseeing research activity across the university. 

Dr. Dill is professor in the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning and director the Transportation Research and Education Center and National Institute of Transportation & Communities. 

President Shoureshi praised her as an outstanding faculty leader and innovator with a long record of research and scholarship in the intersection of transportation, the urban environment and health. 

“One of my primary goals is to build our research enterprise at PSU, and Jennifer has proven her ability to accomplish this through her own outstanding work,” the president said. “Her influential research in transportation has been a shining example of how PSU is shaping not only our city but urban centers across the nation.”       

Dill’s national transportation center has drawn more than $29 million in federal funding for a wide array of research projects, including bicycling, walking and transit.  

“I'm excited about the opportunity to work across campus to strengthen PSU's research portfolio,” Dill said. “PSU has a deep history of multidisciplinary, engaged research that has a real impact on people's lives, communities, and the environment at all scales. I look forward to working with faculty and students to learn how to help them succeed even more.”

Dill has been at Portland State since 2001. She holds a doctorate in City and Regional Planning from UC-Berkeley, a master’s in Urban Planning from UCLA and a bachelor’s in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning from UC-Davis. 

She will serve in the interim role while a national search is conducted for a permanent research vice president. President Shoureshi also thanked Dr. Kevin Reynolds for serving dual roles as vice president for Finance and Administration and Research until an interim vice president was selected. 

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