Dan Morgan is an associate dean in the College of Arts & Science. Dean Morgan has oversight of the College Scholars Program, Departmental Honors programs, Honors scholarships, counsels undergraduate students, and serves as the Arts and Science liaison with Undergraduate Admissions. He is a Senior Lecturer in Earth and Environmental Sciences, and serves as a faculty VUceptor for first-year students.
Originally from Portland, OR, Dean Morgan earned his B.A. from Pomona College in Claremont, CA where he double-majored in Geology and Mathematics, and his Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of Washington, Seattle. His research in geology is in the fields of geomorphology and geochronology, and he specializes in determining the age of landforms and how quickly they change through time. Primarily, Dean Morgan studies the landscapes that glaciers create to learn about the timing of past ice ages and how climate has changed in Earth's past. His research program involves field work in mountainous areas such as the Sierra Nevada, Andes, Himalayas, Southern Alps, and Transantarctic Mountains.
At Vanderbilt, Dean Morgan teaches introductory geology classes, Structural Geology, and seminars on Antarctica and glacial geology. He is the faculty advisor for the Geology Club and leads them to the annual "Geoconclave" competition between Tennessee undergraduate geology programs. His wife Torrey also works at Vanderbilt, and they have two children.