CLEMSON — A highly accomplished educational psychologist and accredited professional statistician whose work has been cited more than 8,800 times will lead graduate studies at Clemson University.

Jason W. Osborne

Jason W. Osborne

Jason W. Osborne will join the university as associate provost and dean of graduate studies.

Reporting to Clemson’s executive vice president for academic affairs/provost, Osborne will coordinate all graduate programs and advise the provost on policies and regulations pertaining to graduate-level study, admissions, student programs and degrees. Clemson currently enrolls nearly 4,000 graduate students in 40 doctoral and 70 master’s degree programs. Increasing Ph.D. enrollment is a strategic priority for the university.

“I’m thrilled about the opportunities at Clemson,” said Osborne. “I feel very excited every day to get up and do something that I care about deeply.”

Osborne has served as professor and chair of the department of counseling and human development in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville since 2013. He is also interim chair of health and sport science and co-director for the Center for Educational Research, Policy, and Evaluation.

“Dr. Osborne’s values, goals and accomplishments are consistent with those needed to position the university nationally and internationally as an innovative leader in high-quality graduate education consistent with our 2020Forward vision,” said Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost Robert Jones. “I’m confident that he is an excellent fit for Clemson.”

The well-published statistician has written six books, contributed to more than 72 peer-reviewed publications and garnered more than $9.7 million in research funding. He founded Frontiers in Educational Psychology and Frontiers in Quantitative Psychology, open access journals in the Frontiers Research Foundation publishing group. These journals currently reach more than 2.8 million people per year. The popular educator and self-proclaimed “stat nerd” has kept every student evaluation of him and averages 4.41 out of 5 for his quality of teaching.

Osborne is a problem-solver. While at the University of Louisville, Osborne, his faculty and students began a mental health clinic on the site of the worst performing high school in the state. In fall 2014, his team delivered more than 24,000 hours of service to this severely underserved population. As a result of this creative idea, student practicum placements and training were expanded and enhanced. One fifth of the school’s students — and many weary teachers — received free counseling and support services, and Osborne’s departmental budget was dramatically expanded in two years.

“My dean got a fist bump from the (university) president when he presented the program to the board of trustees,” Osborne said. “That’s about the highest compliment you can get from a president. She got the fist bump.”

Osborne earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Rochester, a master’s degree psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY-Buffalo), where he also completed master’s level courses in epidemiology research methods, and holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology from SUNY-Buffalo. He is married with two sons and one daughter.

Osborne will begin his new position by Nov. 1.