Erin Driver-Linn, PhD, is the Dean for Education at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a member of the faculty in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. As Dean for Education, she has broad responsibility across the Office of Education, which includes the Office for Student Services, the Office for Educational Programs, and Executive and Continuing Professional Education. Dr. Driver-Linn provides dedicated strategic leadership for the educational activities of the Harvard Chan School and plays a critical role in strengthening connections between the School and other schools and offices across the University.
From 2012 to 2018, she served as founding director of the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT), a ten-year, $40 million initiative to catalyze innovation and excellence in teaching and learning across the University. In this capacity, she launched a program that provided funding and support for more than 100 innovation grants; developed active networks and consortia of faculty, academic professional staff, and students involved in teaching and learning; and organized signature teaching and learning events for the University.
From 2008 to 2018, Dr. Driver-Linn also served as associate provost for institutional research, guiding the work of the Office of Institutional Research to produce internal and external research projects to support University priorities and provide policy analysis and analytic support for University decision-makers.
Before joining the Office of the President and Provost in 2008, she was associate director for research at the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning and taught in the Harvard Department of Psychology, where she received her PhD in experimental social psychology. Dr. Driver-Linn grew up in rural Arkansas and received a BA in Communication from the University of Arkansas. She is the recipient of a number of Distinction in Teaching awards and the author of publications in Psychological Science and the American Psychologist, among others.
The Salata Institute
The Salata Institute supports interdisciplinary research that leads to real-world action, including high-risk/high-reward projects by researchers already working in the climate area and new endeavors that make it easier for Harvard scholars, who have not worked on climate problems, to do so.