Associate Professor Named as President's Administrative Fellow

Dimitri Pappas is expected to learn the other side of higher education in his new position.

Dimitri Pappas

Dimitri Pappas

An associate professor of chemistry in the Texas Tech University Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry has been selected as the university’s newest President’s Administrative Fellow.

Dimitri Pappas, who is chairman of the Institutional Laboratory Safety Committee and maintains an active research group, will begin his new role Sept. 1.

The President’s Administrative Fellows program was developed by President M. Duane Nellis to give selected faculty members an opportunity to enhance their professional experiences by working as an administrator within an academic environment.

“My duties will be to work on one or more projects in the president’s office in order to advance the university,” Pappas said. “I will work within his office and across campus to reach the goals set out at the start of the fellowship.”

The program engages participants with the current priorities and challenges at Texas Tech while giving them time to continue their teaching and research responsibilities. It is expected that after serving in this program, participants will be better equipped to serve in an administrative position, as a department chairperson or in other campus leadership capacities, as well as having a different perspective of higher education.

“Before coming to Texas Tech, I ran a research group at Johnson Space Center and also was in the management track there,” Pappas said. “I enjoy solving problems from a birds-eye perspective, and working with people in different units to reach our goals. At Texas Tech, I have worked with a diverse group of faculty and staff to meet challenges related to lab safety, and I have maintained an interest in administrative work. This appointment will allow me to broaden my experience and also apply my skills to a new set of problems.”

One person – a tenured associate or full professor who has worked at the university for at least eight years – is selected as a President’s Administrative Fellow each year through an application process. The fellowship lasts nine months, beginning Sept. 1, during which time the fellow reports to the president while working on a major project and multiple mini-tasks.

Dr. Pappas is a distinguished and well-respected faculty member, which will lend favorably to his experiences as the President’s Administrative Fellow,” Nellis said. “He is passionate about Texas Tech University and our priorities of offering quality educational opportunities and becoming a national leader in research.

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences. The department offers 6 degree programs including a masters and doctorate in chemistry.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences offers six degree programs for undergraduate and graduate students.

Students seeking graduate degrees may specialize in the traditional fields of Chemistry and Biochemistry, as well as many interdisciplinary areas including analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, or theoretical chemistry; chemical education; chemical physics; or biochemistry.

College of
Arts & Sciences

The Texas Tech University College of Arts & Sciences was founded in 1925 as one of the university’s four original colleges.

Comprised of 15 departments, the College offers a wide variety of courses and programs in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics and natural sciences. Students can choose from 41 bachelor’s degree programs, 34 master’s degrees and 14 doctoral programs.

With just under 11,000 students enrolled, the College of Arts & Sciences is the largest college on the Texas Tech University campus.

In fall 2016, the college embarked upon its first capital campaign, Unmasking Innovation: The Campaign for Arts & Sciences. It focuses on five critical areas of need: attracting and retaining top faculty, enhancing infrastructure, recruiting high-potential students, undergraduate research and growing the Dean’s Fund for Excellence.