Murray, Harezlak bring unique expertise, points of view to new posts
Indiana University’s School of Public Health-Bloomington welcomed two new assistant deans on August 1, 2020. Both the Assistant Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Organizational Climate and the Assistant Dean of Research Analytics positions are new additions to the School of Public Health.
“We’re continually working to be even more research-based, more data-driven, more forward-thinking, and equity-minded,” explains Dean David B. Allison. “The addition of both positions underscores these and similar commitments that are particularly important to us.”
School of Public Health Clinical Associate Professor Maresa Murray has been named Assistant Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Organizational Climate. She previously worked as the Dean’s Administrative Fellow for Culture and Climate. Of that time, she recalls, “I helped to advance opportunities for folks in the School of Public Health to treat each other as they themselves would like to be treated.”
Murray holds three degrees in race/ethnic family health and she has extensively pursued research questions from a resiliency perspective. For example? What are racial/ethnic families doing right to survive and thrive within multiple systemic contexts?
As Murray moves forward in the role of Assistant Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Organizational Climate, she will lead and coordinate a task force which will provide recommendations for group-based diversity and inclusion. Some of those groups include racial, sexual, and gendered minorities. Complementing these issues will be a research-based approach to awareness of racism and gun violence as public health issues.
For his part, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Professor Jaroslaw Harezlak is set to become the School of Public Health’s Assistant Dean of Research Analytics. Harezlak recently concluded work as Interim Co-Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. As Interim Co-Chair, he helped to establish Masters and PhD programs in Biostatistics. “Those are both at the state level [pending] approval,” he notes.
Harezlak also on-boarded seven new Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics faculty members, helping to radically increase the size, scope, and diversity of that department.
As Assistant Dean of Research Analytics, Harezlak hopes to increase research productivity and explore potential collaborations within IU Bloomington, with the IU School of Medicine, and beyond. He adds, “I would like to find out from the departments, from the schools at the group level, and from individual faculty: what do they see as barriers to their research and to obtaining funds to firmly establish their research? And, once those research labs are established, how can we take them to the next level?”