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James Luken, Ph.D. 

Associate Provost and Director of Graduate Studies


Baxley Hall 223  |  843-349-6054  |  joluken@coastal.edu

Dr. James Luken is Associate Provost of Graduate Studies and Professor of Biology at Coastal Carolina University.  He came to CCU in 2001 as Chair of the Department of Biology and served in that position until 2005.  From 2008 to 2011 he was Associate Dean in the College of Science and then assumed the Associate Provost position in 2011.  He received the HTC Distinguished Teacher-Scholar Award in 2007.  He is a botanist/ecologist and has worked with both undergraduate and graduate students in efforts to understand and preserve rare endemic plants and plant communities of the southeastern United States.