About the Provost
Dr. Robin Morgan became provost of the University of Delaware in July 2018, after serving as interim provost since October 2017. Her career at the University began in 1985 when she joined the Department of Animal and Food Sciences as assistant professor. She became a full professor in 1991, and later held a joint faculty appointment with the Department of Biological Sciences. In 2001, she was named acting dean of the UD College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, a role she took over officially the following year. After 11 years as dean, she became the interim chair of the Department of Biological Sciences for two years before being named chair in 2016. Dr. Morgan earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Meredith College and her Ph.D. in biology from The Johns Hopkins University. She also did post-doctoral research at the University of California at Berkeley.
Dr. Morgan has been involved in cancer research since entering graduate school at Johns Hopkins in 1977. Since joining the faculty of the University of Delaware, she has worked on Marek’s disease, a herpesvirus-induced T-cell lymphoma of chickens. Her lab has studied how Marek’s disease virus (MDV) induces T-cell lymphomas and how vaccines protect against tumor formation.
A member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Dr. Morgan has served on a number of association boards and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for Longwood Gardens. Some of her prior memberships include the Board of Directors of the Delmarva Poultry Industry, the University of Delaware Leadership Council, the Advisory Board of the Center for Public Horticulture and the Council of Farm Organizers.
She has also received a host of fellowships and awards, including the Outstanding Alumni Award from Meredith College, the Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc. Outstanding Achievement Award and the American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP) Phibro Animal Health Excellence in Poultry Research Award.
Dr. Morgan and her husband, Dr. Jim Damewood, have two children, Audrey and James.
Read a profile of Dr. Morgan by the UD Women’s Caucus.