Jon W. Williamson, Ph.D.


Current Position

Dean, School of Health Professions
UT Southwestern Medical Center
5323 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, Texas 75390-9082

Background and Aspirations

With some very good mentoring (and luck), I have been able to navigate a more traditional academic career pathway; receiving a Ph.D. in physiology, completing post-doctoral training in neurophysiology, working as faculty member in physical therapy, doing NIH funded rehabilitation research, and receiving tenure. As my institutional responsibilities evolved, I have had the opportunity to lead a department, become an administrator, complete a master’s in administrative & management science, sustain external funding of ~$2 million/year, oversee the school’s clinical enterprise, and serve as a Dean.  Based on these experiences, I truly value the diverse group of disciplines represented by ASAHP and strongly believe we have cumulative skills and knowledge needed to take a lead role in the transformation of healthcare.  There is great opportunity for us to better advocate for interprofessional education and practice for all health care providers (e.g. best practice models & training programs), develop partnerships with diverse, like-minded organizations (e.g. American College of Sports Medicine) to help increase both our visibility and research opportunities, and further involve our students in the national organization (e.g. developing our future leaders / building sustainability).  I am very appreciative of the opportunities that I have been provided and will to continue to ‘pay it forward’ as best I can.  I am excited to continue my service to ASAHP and thank you for your consideration.

ASAHP Activities

Activity I:  currently serve on Editorial Board for the Journal of Allied Health

Activity II:  served as member of research committee

Activity III: served as chair of research review sub-committee

Activity IV: served as member of Associate Deans planning group

Activity V: currently serve as reviewer for presentations and posters


Relevant Experience

Experience I:  served on Board of Directors for American College of Sports Medicine, Texas Chapter – helped determine Chapter objectives, tactics and metrics

Experience II: served as member of Strategic Planning Committee, American College of Sports Medicine – helped establish organizational vision, goals, strategies and assessment plans

Experience III: currently serve as Treasurer for the Southern Association of Allied Health Deans – accountable for the association’s budget and finances, accounting, revenue collection and expense disbursement

Experience IV:  served as member of Health Policy Committee, American College of Sports Medicine – helped develop strategies and material for congressional leaders and information for national distribution regarding health initiatives supported by the College (e.g. Healthy People, Heart Health, etc.).  

Experience V: served as member of Student Advisory Task Force, American Physiological Society – helped develop student outreach, recruitment and retention materials and mechanisms for the Society