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Jill Keith

Position: Professor of Biochemistry and Chair Department: Biological Sciences

Contact Info

Office: 412 Wilveria Bass Atkinson Science Phone: 336-750-2213


Jill Keith, PhD is Chair of the Department of Life Sciences at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) and an Adjunct Professor at Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFUHS) in the Physiology and Pharmacology Department. She received her BS degree from the York College-City University of New York and her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland-College Park. Dr. Harp is involved in the assessment of student learning, serves on various WSSU’s SACS Leadership Teams and Assessment Committees, coordinates General Biology and serves on the department’s curriculum committee.

Dr. Harp has received research and educational grants to enhance the training of students in the lab and the classroom, respectively. Hence, she has trained approximately 150 middle school, high school, and college students. This has led to over 30 research presentations by these students in the area of drug addiction. Furthermore, interdisciplinary educational grants were awarded to enhance the preparation of students as they pursued professional degrees by enhancing their critical thinking skills in biology, chemistry, and math. In 2011, Dr. Harp received the Board of Governors award for Excellence in Teaching.

Faculty development is important to Dr. Harp as she continually assists faculty through her service on the Internal Review Board, Research Initiation Program Committee, and facilitating faculty workshops. These collaborative activities have also led to several conference presentations.

Educational Background

  • PhD University of Maryland - College Park