Kevin A. Morano, Ph.D., has been named associate vice president for faculty affairs and development at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). In this role, Morano will build a new Office of Faculty Affairs and Development, leading efforts to coordinate and meet faculty needs across the campus.
This new role is an expansion of the service Morano is providing as associate dean for faculty affairs at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. He will now be working with the deans and associate deans of all six of UTHealth’s schools to develop strategies to meet goals and address needs in the area of faculty affairs.
“Dr. Morano is a fantastic leader and longtime champion for our faculty, and we are fortunate he has accepted this new appointment, which became effective July 1,” said Michael R. Blackburn, Ph.D., executive vice president and chief academic officer at UTHealth and a dean of The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston.
In addition to Morano’s service as associate vice president for faculty affairs and development at UTHealth and associate dean for faculty affairs at the medical school, he will continue to run his research laboratory.
In 1996, Morano earned his Ph.D. in microbiology at the University of California, Davis. In 2000, upon completion of his postdoctoral training in the Department of Biological Chemistry at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he joined the UTHealth faculty in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Now a full professor, he has served as associate dean for faculty affairs at McGovern Medical School since 2015 and is a longtime member of the Graduate School, where he has served as president of the graduate faculty.
Since joining the UTHealth faculty, Morano has earned accolades for outstanding teaching, mentoring, and research, including the John P. McGovern Outstanding Teacher Award for the Graduate School in 2007 and 2013, and The University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award in 2014. He was named a Minnie Stevens Piper Distinguished Teaching Professor in 2015. Morano is also a member of The University of Texas Kenneth I. Shine, M.D., Academy of Health Science Education and was elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2013.