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Dr. Phillip Palmer serves as the Assistant Dean in the School of Science and Engineering at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. In this role, Dr. Palmer is involved in a myriad of activities ranging from recruitment and retention efforts directed at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, college in high school programs, alumni affairs, marketing communications, community engagement and outreach, diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, student support services, and strategic planning for the school and university, respectively.

Dr. Palmer is also involved in undergraduate teaching via his faculty appointment within the School of Science and Engineering. Overall, he is tasked with cultivating relationships regionally, nationally, and internationally to create a diverse educational environment that reflects the changing multicultural world in which we live. He has mentored and counseled various student groups including K-12, undergraduate, graduate, post-baccalaureate, and postdoctoral fellows from a wide range of disciplines. Dr. Palmer brings significant leadership through his academic, and professional experience in basic research, marketing, science education, outreach, academic career development, and diversity/inclusion related initiatives. He received his undergraduate degree in zoology and a master’s degree in nutrition and food science from Auburn University. He went on to receive his Ph.D. in biomedical science from Meharry Medical College.


  • Certificate, Power of Leadership Professional Development Program, Duquesne University, 2015
  • Certificate, Organizational Leadership & Ethics, University of Pittsburgh, 2013
  • Ph.D., Biomedical Science, Meharry Medical College, 2006
  • M.S., Nutrition-Food Science, Auburn University, 2000
  • B.S., Zoology, Auburn University, 1998

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