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In a memorandum sent out by Dean Michael R. Heithaus, we’ve learned Dr. Joseph Lichter has been appointed Director of the Office of Pre-Health Advising.

Dr. Lichter joined FIU as an instructor for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 2009, and was later promoted to senior instructor in 2015. He is a native Floridian, earning his B.S. in Biochemistry from Florida State University and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Emory University. He is a founding fellow for the STEM Transformation Institute and serves as affiliated faculty with the Honors College. Within the Department, Dr. Lichter has focused on redesigning general and analytical chemistry courses to be more active-learning based, including a redesign of the analytical laboratories in the Fall of 2017. He has published and reviews for the Journal of Chemical Education and has served on several university-wide science education groups including the APLU’s Science and Mathematics Teacher Imperative, the discipline-based education research group (DBER), and the gateway to completion initiative for chemistry. Outside the classroom, Dr. Lichter coaches the FIU triathlon club as a USAT certified Coach.

As Director, Dr. Lichter will lead the Office of Pre-Health Advising in its mission to supports students whose goal is to apply to a pre-health professional and graduate programs.