Hitesh Kathuria has been named director of the Indiana University Office of Collaborative Academic Programs.
Kathuria joined the IU Office of the Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs as an assistant vice president in July 2016. Now, as director of the Office of Collaborative Academic Programs, he leads the collaborative online degree creation process between participating IU campuses.
Kathuria works closely with the IU Office of Online Education, eLearning Design Services, and University Student Services and Systems to create and implement multi-campus hybrid and fully online academic programs consistent with IU’s strategic plan. His key responsibilities include maintaining relationships with accrediting bodies with respect to collaborative degrees, developing models for collaborative programs, and reducing administrative barriers that hinder the development of joint academic programming.
As a member of the Indiana University faculty since 2008, Kathuria is an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at IU East, and previously served as the associate dean of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics, and as chair of the Department of Science at IU East.
Kathuria completed the Management Development Program from Harvard University in 2016, and holds a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Delhi South Campus, New Delhi. He succeeds the recently retired Sharon Calhoon as OCAP director.