Dr. Jason Carter appointed as Robbins College Dean

May 11, 2022

Dear Faculty and Staff:

I am pleased to share with you that Jason R. Carter, Ph.D., vice president for research, economic development and graduate education at Montana State University, has been selected as Baylor University’s Dean of the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, effective August 8.

I express my sincerest appreciation to the 14-member search committee for their valuable time and service during this successful nationwide search process: Gary Carini (chair), Trisha Blalock, Barbara Doucet, Will Driskell, Andrew Gallucci, Steve Green, Shanna Hagan-Burke, Forest Kim, Elise King, Shane Koppenhaver, Jasmine Opusunju, Jungjun Peter Park, Renee Umstattd Meyer and Nadine Welch.

I also want to thank Sheri L. Dragoo, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Human Sciences and Design, for her leadership over the past year as Interim Dean of Robbins College.

As Dean of Robbins College, Dr. Carter will provide visionary leadership for the newest college at Baylor, strengthening Baylor’s position in health and wellness-related education, research and community engagement by increasing opportunities for interdisciplinary research, creative endeavors, clinical experiences and innovation. Dr. Carter is a proven leader and has excelled in building research programs by providing strong guidance to faculty, being knowledgeable about federal funding opportunities, and by partnering with other institutions to take on big research challenges. His strong commitment to Baylor’s mission and his strong track record make him a perfect fit to be the next Dean of the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences.

Dr. Carter received his B.S. summa cum laude and Ph.D. in biological sciences from Michigan Tech, where he served on the faculty and in several administrative roles from 2006-2019. These include as associate professor, professor and chair of the Department of Exercise Science, Health and Physical Education and the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology, respectively. He also served as associate dean of the College of Sciences and Arts and most recently as associate vice president for research development. In addition, Dr. Carter joined the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, as an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering from 2012-2015, while also serving as a visiting scholar in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago from 2014-2016.

In 2019, Dr. Carter was appointed Montana State’s vice president for research, economic development and graduate education, overseeing the university’s research enterprise, including sponsored programs, research compliance, research development, technology transfer and graduate school. He also is a professor in MSU’s Department of Health and Human Development.

At MSU, Dr. Carter had key administrative accomplishments of three consecutive years of record research expenditures, including $193 million in fiscal year 2021, which contributed to MSU maintaining its Carnegie R1 designation.

Dr. Carter also made similar key administrative accomplishments during his time at Michigan Tech. He was the lead administrator to champion a $30 million state appropriation for a new health sciences and engineering building, and the development of a satellite Doctoral Physical Therapy program in partnership with Central Michigan University.

Dr. Carter also is an active researcher focusing on neural control of the cardiovascular system in humans and the role of sleep in cardiovascular disease. He has been the principal investigator or co-PI on more than $74 million in external research awards. He also recently received a $63 million partnership to expand collaborative health research with the University of Washington, which was two years in the making, and the type of partnerships he envisions building at Baylor. He also has two active NIH R01 grants.

Dr. Carter has more than 95 peer-reviewed journal publications. He is past associate editor for the American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology; current associate editor for the American Journal of Physiology – Heart and Circulatory Physiology; and current standing member of the National Institutes of Health MESH study section. He also served on the Cardiovascular Risk Scientific Review Panel for NASA from 2012-2015.

Dr. Carter brings high-level leadership within professional societies to his Baylor appointment. He served as president for both the American Kinesiology Association and Michigan Physiological Society and recently completed a three-year term on the Council of the American Physiological Society. Carter currently serves on the Executive Committees of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Council on Research and the Federal Demonstration Partnership, both leading organizations aimed at advancing the U.S. research university enterprise.

The new Robbins College Dean has been honored with two national distinguished awards. He was elected Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology in 2017 and received the Jerry R. Thomas Distinguished Leadership Award from the American Kinesiology Association, the society’s top peer-reviewed award, in 2021.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Carter on his new appointment as Dean of Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences.


Nancy Brickhouse, Ph.D.

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