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Brian Harfe

Brian Harfe

Associate Dean/ Assistant Provost for Teaching and Technology

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Areas of Responsibility

Acting Cognizant Associate Dean for

  • Department of Astronomy
  • Department of Biology
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Geological Sciences
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Statistics
  • Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research
  • Center for Applied Mathematics
  • Center for Applied Optimization
  • Center for Catalysis
  • Center for Chemical Physics
  • Center for Chemical Research at the Bio/Nano Interface
  • Center for Nanostructured Electronic Materials
  • Center for Condensed Matter Sciences
  • Center for Macromolecular Science and Engineering
  • Florida Center for Heterocyclic Compounds
  • Institute for Fundamental Theory
  • Institute for High Energy Physics and Astrophysics (IHEPA)
  • Quantum Theory Project
  • UF Marine Laboratory at Seahorse Key
  • Brief Biography

    Dr. Harfe is responsible for Natural Science, Mathematics, and Research in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Assistant Provost for the Office of Teaching and Technology at the University of Florida. He is responsible for the Departments of Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geological Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, 10 Centers, and the UF Marine Laboratory at Seahorse Key. In addition, he oversees the College's $40 million external grant portfolio and is responsible for research misconduct, animals care issues, and the hiring of new faculty (including startup funding requests, salary equality requests, and matching requests). In the College, he also develops new curriculum, runs strategic projects, and leads all online initiatives for the 13,000 students in CLAS. As Assistant Provost, he is responsible for implementing new initiatives that enhance the UF learning environment (these include Open Educational Resources (OER) and eTextbooks) and increase access to the University. He has published over 100 papers (h-index 57; his work has been cited >11,600 times) in developmental biology and is a tenured faculty member in the University of Florida, College of Medicine. His area of research uses the mouse and chick model systems to investigate how limbs and the intervertebral disks form. Funding in his laboratory has been provided by the NIH and private foundations. He is the course Director for the Genetics and Health course (designed course) for first year medical students in the University of Florida College of Medicine and designed and teaches an innovated online undergraduate upper division biology course, which includes online laboratories. Previously, he was a University of Florida Provost Fellow in the Office of the Provost and worked with the Senior Vice Presidents and Deans on projects including RCM budgeting, SACS Accreditation, and curriculum development.

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