Assistant deans bring wealth of experience to colleges
BU’s new assistant deans — Dennis Gehris, College of Business; James Krause, College of Education; and John Polhill, College of Science and Technology — bring decades of teaching experience to their new administrative positions.
After earning his doctorate in business education from Temple University, Gehris began teaching at BU in 1985. He served as the interim dean of BU’s College of Business in 2005-06, 2008-09 and 2009-10. His research interests include use of technology in business and education and pedagogy for business instruction.
Krause earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from BU and his doctorate from Temple University. He began teaching at BU in 1996. His research focuses on university students’ attitudes towards individuals with disabilities. He is also involved with Trinity House, an independent housing project where adults with disabilities interact with BU students, who are their next door neighbors and friends. Before becoming assistant dean, he served a 10-year term as chair of the department of exceptionality programs.
Polhill, who earned his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Virginia, began teaching at BU in 1999. He enjoys an active research program in the area of algebraic combinatorics, in which he has published numerous articles. Since 2009, he has served as director of the Mathematics and Science Resource Center and organized summer science camps for middle and high school students. Another outlet for his love of teaching mathematics is the middle school Math Counts team that he began in 2009.
An announcement of an assistant dean for the College of Liberal Arts is expected later this year.