Title: Executive Associate Dean
Company: College of Pharmacy, The University of Utah
Location: Millcreek, Utah, United States
James N. Herron, Executive Associate Dean in the College of Pharmacy at The University of Utah, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in teaching.
With expertise in microbiology, immunology, and point-of-care diagnostics, Dr. Herron continues to thrive at The University of Utah. He has served the school as the executive associate dean for professional education in the College of Pharmacy since 2015, as an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Bioengineering since 2009, and as an associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutics since 1992. In addition, he has held positions such as associate dean for student affairs in the College of Pharmacy, assistant dean of academic affairs in the College of Pharmacy, director and co-director of the Center for Biopolymers at Interfaces, associate research professor in the Department of Bioengineering, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutics, and adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Biology.
Prior to joining The University of Utah in 1985, Dr. Herron garnered experience as a teaching assistant in the School of Basic Medical Sciences and in the Department of Microbiology at his alma mater, the University of Illinois. He earned a Bachelor of Science in biology in 1976, a Master of Science in microbiology in 1979, and a PhD in microbiology in 1981. Since then, he has furthered his education with postdoctoral studies in immunoglobulin X-ray crystallography and in protein absorption and bio sensors at The University of Utah, coursework in the Department of Pharmaceutics at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, and coursework in rapid detection technologies for food safety in the Environmental and Agricultural Applications Division of the USDA-China Ministry of Agriculture Scientific Exchange Program.
Dr. Herron has used his unique background to contribute more than 100 articles to professional journals and to review more than 40 scholarly journals, as well as to present at scientific meetings and to co-edit “Physical Methods to Characterize Pharmaceutical Proteins.” Additionally, he was the acting associate editor of the Journal of Pharmaceutical Science for six years and the associate editor of the journal for two years, where he remains involved as an editorial board member.
In recognition of his achievements, Dr. Herron was nominated as College of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year from 2011 to 2012 and in 2009 and 2008, and was named College of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year in 2010. Other notable accolades include the John R. Park Teaching Fellowship and the NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship from The University of Utah, and the New Investigator Research Award, the Individual National Research Service Award, and the Predoctoral National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health.
When Dr. Herron isn’t working, he is active as a volunteer and member of the board of directors of the Friends of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, Inc.