Dr. Parrish has a career in higher education spanning 40 years. He began
his academic career as a teaching assistant at the University of California
Santa Cruz. During his graduate study at the University of Chicago, he
served as a Research Assistant in the Department of Anatomy. Subsequently,
he held research appointments at the Field Museum of Natural
History in Chicago and the University of Colorado Museum. Next, he served
on the faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Illinois
University, where he rose to Chair and received the appointment of Presidential
Research Professor for outstanding scholarship.
From 2006 to 2018, Dr. Parrish held two academic leadership positions at
San Jose State University, first as Dean of the College of Science and Professor,
Department of Biological Sciences, and then Special Advisor to the
Provost. During this time, he spearheaded a number of initiatives involving
strategic planning, facilities planning and improvement, student success,
faculty recruitment and workload, faculty and student research, program
development, accreditation and assessment, and development.
Dr. Parrish holds a PhD in Anatomy from the University of Chicago, and
BAs in Chemistry and Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
During his career, he has published myriad journal articles and book chapters
on a wide range of paleontological issues.