College of Science and Engineering Dean Search
As part of an ongoing search for the College of Science and Engineering Dean, Idaho State University is pleased to announce that five finalists have been invited for campus interviews.
|Candidate||Interview Dates||Information Release Date|
|1||Feb 20-21||Feb 13|
|2||Feb 22-23||Feb 15|
|3||Feb 26-27||Feb 19|
|4||Mar 01-02||Feb 22|
|5||Mar 05-06||Feb 26|
Scott D. Snyder, Ph.D.
Dr. Scott Snyder has served as Chief Research Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) since 2010. In 2013, Dr. Snyder was appointed Interim Executive Director of the Peter Kiewit Institute, a teaching and research institute that is comprised of UNO’s College of Information Science and Technology and the University of Nebraska Lincoln’s College of Engineering in Omaha. Prior to rejoining UNO in an administrative capacity, Scott served as a Program Director in the Division of Environmental Biology at the National Science Foundation. Scott first joined UNO in 2001 as a faculty member in Biology where he became a full professor in 2008. Snyder previously held a faculty position at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and was an NSF/Alfred P. Sloan Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Evolution at the University of New Mexico. Scott earned his Ph.D. in parasitology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he also earned his B.S. in biology. His M.S., also in parasitology, comes from Wake Forest University. Dr. Snyder’s research interests lie in parasite biodiversity and in exploring the evolutionary relationships of parasites, particularly those that live in and on reptiles and amphibians. He has conducted field research around the world, with a special focus on NSF-funded work in in Australia, where he has spent considerable time in the Outback, collecting turtles, crocodiles, and their parasites. Scott has extensive teaching and mentoring experience in the classroom, in the field, and in the research laboratory. Dr. Snyder is chair of UNO’s Athletics Committee and is ex officio on the Board of Directors of the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s technology development corporation (UNeMed). He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Strategic Research Institute, which works closely with U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) on research central to their mission of combatting weapons of mass destruction. Scott also serves as an advisor to the USSTRATCOM’s Strategic Advisory Group.
Diane Marie Stearns, Ph.D.
Diane M. Stearns received a B.A. in chemistry from Carleton College in 1986, and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1991. She carried out postdoctoral work in metal toxicology as an NIH fellow and a Norris Cotton Cancer Center fellow at Dartmouth College. Dr. Stearns joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Northern Arizona University in 1997, and holds the rank of full professor. She is currently the Associate Vice President for Research. Her research interests are in the areas of chromium and uranium-induced DNA damage and mutagenicity, and she has published 36 journal articles and book chapters on bioinorganic chemistry and metal toxicology. She oversees NAU’s intramural funding programs, mentors faculty in grant writing, and serves as one of two MPIs on NAU’s Southwest Health Equity Research Collaborative, funded through a $21M grant as part of the Research Centers in Minority Institutions Program.
David W. Rodgers, Ph.D.
Dr. David Rodgers is Associate Dean in the College of Science & Engineering at Idaho State University. Arriving at ISU in 1985, Dr. Rodgers spent more than two decades as a geology professor, teaching earth history and tectonic processes to graduate students, undergraduate majors, and non-majors. He directed ISU's geology field camp for 15 years, developing its national reputation and earning two Outstanding Teacher awards. Dr. Rodgers maintained an externally-funded research program leading to 35 peer-reviewed publications, nearly 70 conference presentations, and several dozen graduate theses as lead or co-advisor. In 1994-1995 he was a Fulbright Scholar in the Sultanate of Oman.
Dr. Rodgers served as Chair of Geosciences in the 1990s and co-Chair from 2008-2010, promoting a balance of teaching and research productivity while maintaining strong collegial relationships. In 2010, he became Associate Dean in the newly formed College of Science & Engineering and helped write many of the college's guiding documents. In this position he handles student and faculty concerns, disburses funds for adjunct instruction and student internships, and advises department Chairs about personnel decisions, curricula reform, and resource management. He also advises the Dean on major budgetary decisions and assists, as needed, with annual personnel evaluations, development work, and student recruitment. Since 2013, Dr. Rodgers has also served as the ISU Site Leader for a $20M statewide NSF grant, Managing Idaho's Landscapes for Ecosystem Services (MILES). In this role he co-authored the statewide strategic plan, co-directs statewide research activities and, at ISU, guides a large interdisciplinary team of faculty, staff, and students who study water-related ecosystem services across eastern Idaho.
Kinchel Doerner, Ph.D.
Kinchel Doerner is the Dean of the Graduate School at South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota with a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has served as the interim Vice President of Research and Economic Development at SDSU during Spring 2017. He currently also serves the transitional leader (interim Dean) of the newly formed College of Natural Sciences composed of the departments of Biology and Microbiology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Physics, and Geography. Prior to SDSU, he served as interim Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at Western Kentucky University where he also achieved rank of Full Professor in the Department of Biology. Dr. Doerner has served on the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance Cabinet and chaired the Graduate Dean’s Committee. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools as well as a member of Board of Directors of the Council of Graduate Schools.
Dr. Marc Seigar
Dr. Marc Seigar is currently Associate Dean of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), a role he has had since 2016. His previous positions have included Head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UMD and a faculty member in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), where he also served as Associate Chair and as the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department. Seigar previously held a research faculty appointment at the University of California, Irvine, where he was also a McCue Fellow (an award that paid his salary and provided research funds). He earned his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Liverpool John Moores University (in the United Kingdom). His research interests are in the field of galaxy structure and dynamics. He has over 100 publications (of which 45 are in refereed journals) and has secured over $3M in grants from NASA and NSF, which he has used to support postdoctoral scholars and both graduate and undergraduate students.
As a faculty member Seigar was very involved in faculty governance at both UMD and UALR. At UMD, he chaired the Faculty Council and served on the Chancellor’s Senior Leadership Council among other service committees. At UALR, Marc chaired the Graduate Council and served on the Chancellor’s Leadership Group, the Chancellor’s Policy Advisory Council and he served one term on the UALR Faculty Senate.
As the Head of Physics at UMD, Marc pursued several initiatives, such as transforming the calculus-based introductory physics sequence to active learning, leading the development of a new undergraduate program in Engineering Physics, and developing a portable planetarium program to bring to rural K-12 schools and communities, including Native American Reservations. As Associate Dean, Marc has been involved in developing new articulation and transfer agreements with domestic and international partner institutions, assisting in the development a new mentoring program for junior and mid-career faculty, and development of a new office for communications and outreach for science and engineering. His other duties include curriculum, undergraduate research, undergraduate advising, student and faculty recruitment, annual personnel evaluation, undergraduate scholarships, and development work, among others.