Dr. Agnes Laville and Dr. Michael Robinson Promotions.


Ross University Schoolof Medicine Names New Assistant Dean for Curriculum and Associate Dean of Education

September 4, 2007 – (Edison, N.J.) – Ross University is pleased to announce that two members of the medical school faculty have been promoted to academic leadership positions. Agnes Laville, a professor of biochemistry and chair of the academic promotions committee has been named associate dean of education, and Michael Robinson, a professor of microbiology and director of the Progressive Academic Education (“PAcE”) program, has been named assistant dean for curriculum.  Both Dr. Laville and Dr. Robinson will also continue to teach courses. “Agnes and Michael have a wonderful rapport with the students and are extremely talented and intelligent educators and leaders,” said Dr. Mary Coleman, dean of Ross University School of Medicine. “They have a true commitment to fostering an environment where we can offer students the highest quality of medical education possible and their new positions reflect that passion.”


As associate dean of education, Dr. Laville will focus on the review of student academic progress and academic policy and will coordinate enrollment management initiatives. She will also oversee student examinations, grades and registration, prepare examinations, and work with the student promotions committee. Prior to joining the Ross faculty, she was a research and development scientist and biochemist at the University of Barcelona, where she focused on establishing appropriate methodologies for the clinical/scientific investigation of hyperlipidaemia and atherosclerosis. She attended St. Thomas Hospital Medical School, University of London, where she studied clinical chemistry and completed her graduate student research in chemical pathology. She conducted post-doctoral research at The United Medical and Dental Schools of Guys and St. Thomas, University of London. Dr. Laville received the Hoecsht Iberica award in 1994 for the best scientific publication, a Bristol-Myers Squibb award for a scientific project in 1997, and the DeVry PRIDE award for excellence in teaching and service to students in 2006.

As assistant dean for curriculum, Dr. Robinson will work with the dean to attain greater integration of the medical school teaching curriculum and will assist in the management and evaluation of the curriculum. Before joining Ross, Dr. Robinson was a professor and Harry B. Forester chair of biology at North Georgia College and State University.  He also spent 12 years as an associate professor in the Department of Veterinary and Microbiology Sciences at North Dakota State University. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham, UK, where he researched the immune response to parasite helminthes, and worked for three years following in the Department of Immunology at the Mayo Clinic.