I believe that the true goal of higher education is to help students develop critical thinking skills and a creative interest in our diverse work and life settings.
Eric Klein, PhD
Dr. Eric Klein is Dean of the Honors College at Ashford University. Dr. Klein joined Ashford in 2012 as Chair of the Psychology program, and more recently served as Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, as well as Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts.
Dr. Klein is also a licensed Clinical Psychologist, having earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Prior to arriving at Ashford, Dr. Klein was a Staff Psychologist in the Counseling Center at Lehigh University, and also served as the Director of Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Programs for Lehigh.
Dr. Klein has a strong commitment to professional growth and community involvement. He is a member Education and Workforce Development Committee for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, as well as a member of the Downtown Planning and Public Policy Committee for the Downtown San Diego partnership. In addition, Dr. Klein is also a founding member of the San Diego Leadership Alliance, and a past member of the Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board for San Diego County.
Dr. Klein is also actively involved in several professional organizations, including distinguished service on multiple committees for the American Psychological Association. Since arriving at Ashford, he has presented at numerous regional, national, and international conferences on the topics of assessment, academic program review, learning communities, and other areas related to teaching and learning. Dr. Klein has also received numerous awards and recognition, including the Alfred Noble Robinson Award at Lehigh in 2010, which is awarded annually to one member of the University in recognition of outstanding performance in the area of service and unusual promise of professional achievement.