Monday, July 19, 2021

On July 1, 2021, Michael Duffel stepped down from his position as associate dean of research and graduate programs at the UI College of Pharmacy.  He will continue in the college as a faculty member to focus on research and teaching.

Duffel was first appointed assistant dean of graduate education and research by Dean Gilbert Banker in 1995.  He also served under Dean Jordan Cohen and, most recently, Dean Donald Letendre.  “It has been a privilege and an honor to work with Associate Dean Duffel.  On behalf of the College of Pharmacy, I want to express our deepest appreciation for the multitude of contributions he has made throughout his years of service,” said Dean Letendre.

Of the many changes Duffel saw over the years, research and graduate education most significantly improved by adding dedicated administrative staff support. With the increasing complexity of requirements for submission and administration of extramural research grants and contracts as well as advances and requirements in graduate education, additional staff provided key expertise and assistance for faculty and students alike. 

“Currently, Lois Baker in the Graduate Program Office, and Phil Forbes and Will Perry in the Research Administration Office, do an outstanding job in helping our faculty and graduate students navigate the ever-increasing changes in these areas,” said Duffel.

Duffel added, “My fondest memories all involve helping graduate students and faculty achieve their goals in research and education.”

Professor Dave Roman, a faculty member in Medicinal and Natural Product Chemistry since 2008, began his tenure as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs on July 1, 2021.