Harjit Singh, professor of radiology, surgery, and medicine, and program director of education for the Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute, has been appointed to the position of associate dean for diversity, a position he has held on an interim basis since it was created in November 2009.
Singh has a distinguished record of leadership in the area of diversity. He has served on the Penn State Council on Ethnic and Racial Diversity. As a Penn State Faculty Senator in 2005, Singh wrote the original legislation for the Faculty Senate Committee on Educational Equity and Campus Environment, which recommends policy and advises the University on activities to improve the environment and educational equity across all Penn State campuses. Over the past 10 years, he has directed numerous diversity projects throughout the Penn State Hershey campus and currently serves on the Dean’s Council on Diversity. Singh is faculty adviser for the Multicultural Awareness Club, the largest College of Medicine student group.
As program director for education in the Heart and Vascular Institute, Singh is experienced in working with people from many different backgrounds and bringing them together to work for a common cause. Board certified in radiology with a certificate of added qualifications in interventional radiology, Singh was an instructor of radiology, cardiovascular/interventional radiology at Johns Hopkins University prior to joining Penn State College of Medicine in 1997. He completed his residency in radiology at the Albany Medical Center and his interventional radiology fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
In this role, Singh will be responsible for the continued strategic integration of diversity into the fabric of the campus community. He will work with faculty, staff, and students of every discipline, to strategically plan and direct diversity initiatives that strengthen the commitment to a diverse and inclusive learning environment to enhance the quality of an education and advance the college’s mission.