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Dr. Russell Frohardt

Dean for Academic Success

Alamo Colleges District

Dr. Russell Frohardt currently serves as the dean for academic success at Northwest Vista College (NVC), overseeing the Science and Technology and Health and Biosciences Institutes. He previously served as the dean of arts and sciences at NVC for two years. Prior to his time at NVC, Dr. Frohardt served as interim dean of the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences and professor of psychology and behavioral neuroscience at St. Edward's University (SEU) in Austin, Texas, where he held various faculty and administrative positions since joining the community in 2003.  Before becoming a dean at SEU, Dr. Frohardt was an American Council on Education fellow, hosted by Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he learned about administrative, curricular, and co-curricular practices across the country. Dr. Frohardt received his B.A. in psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, his M.A. and Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Vermont, and he completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship studying the electrophysiology of head direction cells and their role in spatial navigation at Dartmouth College before coming to Texas. Dr. Frohardt’s research interests include the neurobiology of learning and memory, spatial navigation, sexual behavior, and models of relapse and addiction.