University of Tulsa officials have announced the creation of a new university that will combine several existing science and health departments and lead to more productive collaborations.
Recently approved by the TU Board of Governors, the new Oxley College of Health and Life Sciences will combine faculties of biology, chemistry, earth sciences and physics with nursing, kinesiology and rehabilitation, and communication sciences and disorders.
The move, which takes effect in fall 2023, does not involve changes to the curriculum, faculty or physical space and should not affect students, officials said.
Chancellor George Justice said: “Ph.D. with reinstatement. This restructuring, introduced by President (Brad) Carson earlier this semester, to the chemistry and physics programs demonstrates TU’s commitment to the natural sciences and provides fertile ground for the advancement of human health sciences through interdisciplinary collaboration.
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Officials said the move had received overwhelming support from professors and department heads because of its potential for undergraduate, graduate and faculty members.
Kenneth Roberts, Chapman Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, said: “Our department has evolved into a department of health sciences. Many of our students are medically prepared, so we look forward to a collaborative environment with the health sciences. This move opens the door for our faculty and students to participate in clinical research.”
The natural sciences at the TU are currently part of the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences.
This university will now become the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the current dean, Jim Sorem, will be the new dean and will retire.
“Engineering and computer science are two of the most successful programs at the University of Tulsa, with several programs ranked in the top 5 through 25 nationally,” Justice said. “Establishing the College of Engineering and Computer Science helps us attract the most visionary and ambitious deans to lead these programs.”
At the same time, Ron Walker, clinical professor of exercise training and associate dean of health sciences, was named acting dean of the Oxley College of Health and Life Sciences.
“We welcome our colleagues in the sciences and look forward to the many collaborative opportunities this reorganization brings,” said Walker.
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