An Oberlin double degree alumna and an anthropologist by training with graduate degrees from SUNY-Buffalo, Rebecca Morrow, Ph.D., first became interested in student affairs through her academic research on women’s and gender issues. As a doctoral student, she conducted grant-funded fieldwork projects in Ireland, including her experience as a participant-observer at the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival. She also spent ten months in Lithuania as a Fulbright Fellow.
Since 2012, Dr. Morrow has served as the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Title IX Coordinator at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM). As the chief student affairs officer, she was responsible for all aspects of the student experience occurring outside the classroom, with special emphasis on both diversity and wellness. Her work included her role as the project director for a $2.6 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), focusing on the holistic success of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Prior to her work at WVSOM, Dr. Morrow was the Director of the Anderson Gender Resource Center at Idaho State University (ISU). In addition to her responsibilities at the gender center, she also served as a student conduct officer and as the senior assessment officer for the Division of Student Affairs. She was awarded over $300,000 in grants and contracts, including funding for projects focusing on maternal health, pregnancy planning and HIV prevention, helping to fulfill the mission for the state of Idaho’s health professions institution.
Dr. Morrow has a strong record of professional service at the national level. She was Co-Chair of the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Women’s Centers Committee from 2008 through 2010 and served as the NWSA representative to the Board of Directors for the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) from 2010 through 2018. In 2016, she completed training as a Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and has been a team member for both comprehensive evaluation visits and change of control reviews.
Dr. Morrow is also a living kidney donor and was a member of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Living Donor Committee from 2011 through 2014. She remains a passionate supporter of organ donation.
Having grown up in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood in Cleveland, she is excited to return to Northern Ohio.