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ELLIOT HIRSHMAN Last Updated 8/3/11

Elliot Hirshman is the eighth president of San Diego State University, effective July 1, 2011.

He brings a broad foundation of experience to SDSU, which includes a career dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and service.

As provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Dr. Hirshman was responsible for the delivery of the academic program, including instruction, research, and academic support services; enrollment management, including admissions and financial aid; and the intercollegiate athletics program.

Dr. Hirshman oversaw the campus planning process, working with vice presidents and the Planning Leadership Team to coordinate planning and budgeting for the campus.

Prior experience
Dr. Hirshman served as chief research officer at George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. Previously, he chaired the departments of psychology at George Washington (2002-05) and the University of Colorado at Denver (2000-02).

He began his academic career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1989-2000), where he served as assistant, associate, and ultimately full professor of psychology.

While at Chapel Hill, Dr. Hirshman was nominated for the American Council on Education Fellows Program, in which he participated as a fellow in the provost's office at Arizona State University.

Subsequently, he served as special assistant to the provost at Chapel Hill. He has chaired a number of major campus groups, including the University Task Force on Student Evaluation of Teaching at Chapel Hill and the Advisory Council on Research at George Washington.

Academic background
Dr. Hirshman has a strong interdisciplinary background, having earned his undergraduate degree summa cum laude in economics and mathematics from Yale and his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology at UCLA.

His research and teaching focus on the psychopharmacology of human cognition, exploring cognitive and quantitative models of memory, attention and visual perception, and the influence of individual drugs on specific cognitive processes. His interdisciplinary work involves collaboration among psychologists, medical doctors, and statisticians.

A fellow of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Hirshman has served as the associate editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition (2000-2006) and Psychonomic Bulletin & Review (1998-2000).

Family
Dr. Hirshman is married to Jeri Hirshman. His daughter, Wendy, attends Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania. His son, Nathan, will attend the University of Virginia this fall.
 
 
THE HIRSHMAN FILE
Alma Mater Bachelors - Summa Cum Laude, Economics & Mathematics (Yale)
Ph.D. - Cognitive Psychology (UCLA)
Family Wife, Jeri
Daughter, Wendy
Son, Nathan

PROFESSIONAL CAREER
2011 - present San Diego State University President
2005-2011 University of Maryland, Baltimore Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
2002-05 George Washington University Chair of Psychology Department
2000-02 Univ. of Colorado at Denver Chair of Psychology Department
1989-2000 Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill  Assistant, Associate and Full Professor of Psychology

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS/HONORS/ORGANIZATIONS
 Responsible for the delivery of the academic program, including instruction, research, and academic support services; enrollment management, including admissions and financial aid; and the intercollegiate athletics program while at the University of Maryland.
 Chaired a number of major campus groups, including the University Task Force on Student Evaluation of Teaching at Chapel Hill and the Advisory Council on Research at George Washington.
 Served as the associate editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition (2000-2006) and Psychonomic Bulletin & Review (1998-2000).
 While at Chapel Hill, was nominated for the American Council on Education Fellows Program, in which he participated as a fellow in the provost's office at Arizona State University.