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This summer, Jefferson will undergo unprecedented growth and exciting changes as it continues to create a preeminent professional university focused on innovative 21st-century education. As of July 1, new colleges will launch, and new leadership will be installed, as the institution moves ahead into a bold, bright, new future.

These moves advance Jefferson’s commitment to integrate its offerings by combining similar programs under unified leadership, leverage the faculty talent across the University, accelerate growth through collaboration among educational offerings, and create unique models for transdisciplinary teaching and learning.

These changes represent a realignment of departments and programs from the College of Health Professions and the College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts, and will optimize the academic experience for students.

The University will be made up of the following colleges and schools

College of Rehabilitation Sciences

Jefferson will launch a College of Rehabilitation Sciences, to be led by its new dean, Steve R. Williams, MD. Williams is the Jesse B. Michie Professor and chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine for Sidney Kimmel Medical College and enterprise senior vice president, Post-Acute and Rehabilitation Services, for Jefferson Health.

The College will include occupational therapy, physical therapy, and athletic training, which presently exist under the College of Health Professions and the College of Science, Health and Liberal Arts.

Plans for the College of Rehabilitation Sciences include the establishment of a Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Technology, and divisions for the study of cognition, human engineering and design, and assistive technology. The College will leverage Jefferson’s recognized leadership in the fields of occupational therapy, physical therapy, rehabilitation medicine, orthopaedics, and the neurosciences to create leading-edge academic and research programs.

College of Health Professions

Under the leadership of Dean Michael Dryer, PA-C, DrPH, the College of Health Professions will expand to add new programs, including:

  • Community and Trauma Counseling, and Art Therapy
  • Couple and Family Therapy
  • Disaster Medicine and Management
  • Medical Laboratory Sciences and Biotechnology
  • Midwifery and Women’s Health
  • Physician Assistant Program (Center City, East Falls, New Jersey)
  • Radiologic Sciences

College of Humanities and Sciences

Barbara Kimmelman, PhD, will become dean for the College of Humanities and Sciences. Kimmelman is currently the academic dean for Arts and Sciences at the College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts; and professor of History. The College will include the following programs and disciplines that provide instruction in our Hallmarks General Education Program.


  • Biopsychology
  • Communications
  • Law and Society
  • Psychology


  • African American Studies
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Languages
  • Philosophy
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Sociology
  • Writing and Rhetoric

In addition, some Biology and Chemistry faculty will provide instruction in general education and foundation courses.

College of Life Sciences

The College will add biology, biochemistry, chemistry, and pre-med undergraduate programs to its current offerings. Gerald B. Grunwald, PhD, dean of the former College of Biomedical Sciences, will serve as dean as of July 1, 2018.