Dr. Steven D. House assumed duties as Elon University's Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs on June 1, 2009. As Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, House is responsible for all academic programs at Elon University in addition to Student Life programs, with the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students reporting directly to House. He has been an integral part of developing the university’s national reputation since coming to Elon from Seton Hall University in 2001, when he was named the founding dean of Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences.
As dean of Elon College, House provided leadership for 17 academic departments and 19 academic programs. The number of Elon College faculty increased by 50 percent during his tenure as dean, and the number of students majoring in the liberal arts grew from 37 percent of the overall student body to 46 percent. House helped develop the Elon College Fellows Program and collaborated with the Division of Student Life to expand Elon’s living-learning communities, including serving as advisor to the Elon College Fellows Living Learning Community and instructor for these students’ first year seminar course.
House worked closely with faculty to develop Elon’s application to shelter a Phi Beta Kappa chapter at the university, assessing where academic programs needed to be strengthened, developing an action plan and implementing changes. The Phi Beta Kappa Society installed its 279th chapter at Elon in April 2010. He served on the university’s strategic planning committee and also oversaw the law school’s ABA accreditation process, achieving full accreditation in 2011. Most recently he created the School of Health Sciences, comprised of the Doctor of Physical Therapy, and in January 2013, the newly accredited Masters in Physician Assistant Studies program. As chair of Elon’s long-range planning committee and the University budget committee, House has conducted feasibility studies, hired consultants, developed budget models and presented options to the board of trustees.
House earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 1977 from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. He completed his doctorate in physiology with honors six years later at the University of Arizona. He attended Columbia University from 1983 to 1986 as a postdoctoral fellow in physiology and cellular biophysics. After working as an associate research scientist at Columbia, House joined Seton Hall University in New Jersey in 1987, teaching courses in biology, physiology, pharmacology and anatomy. He was named director of health professions in 1994 and associate dean of Seton Hall’s College of Arts and Sciences in 1997. He received Seton Hall’s Student Choice Award for outstanding teaching, the university’s Outstanding Service Award, the Trustees’ Scholarship Award, and a Special Appreciation Award for teaching and advising. In 2009 House was awarded the Elon College Faculty Excellence Award.
House has authored scores of articles and presentations on blood flow regulation during health and disease. He received a major National Institute of Health research award on microvascular cell dynamics, a visiting expert award from the Academia Sinica in Taiwan, Republic of China, and both the Grega-Zacharkow Young Investigator Award and the Travel Award for Outstanding Young Investigators from the Microcirculatory Society.
House is a member of several professional societies, including American Physiological Society and serves as a reviewer for the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. He is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Omicron Delta Kappa national honor societies.
House is married to Patricia Burgh House. The other Dr. House, as she is known, has a doctorate in higher education and is a senior vice president with Graham-Pelton Consulting.
Steven D. House
Vice President for Academic Affairs