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Office for Research Staff

Office of the Vice President for Research

921 S. 8th Ave., Stop 8130 - Pocatello, ID 83209-8130

Interim Vice President for Research Scott Snyder

Scott Snyder

Interim Vice President for Research

Office: Colonial Hall, Room 234


Dr. Scott Snyder is currently the Dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Idaho State University (ISU), a position he started in June 2018. In December 2018, Scott was appointed ISU’s Interim Vice President for Research. 

Previous to moving to ISU, Dr. Snyder served as Chief Research Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) for nearly eight years.  In 2013, Dr. Snyder was appointed Interim Executive Director of the Peter Kiewit Institute, a teaching and research institute 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 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 was chair of UNO’s Athletics Committee and served as ex officio on the Board of Directors of the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s technology development corporation (UNeMed). He spent time 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 combating weapons of mass destruction.  Scott also serves as an advisor to the USSTRATCOM’s Strategic Advisory Group.

Associate Vice President for Research Dave Rodgers

Dr. David Rodgers

Associate Vice-President for Research

Office: CAES, Room 286 - Administration Building, Room 142



Dr. David Rodgers is currently the Associate Vice-President for Research and also serves as ISU's Associate Director at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies.

As the Associate Vice-President for Research, Rodgers helps to foster a campus-wide culture of creative and scholarly research activity.  He works with OR staff to provide a variety of services to faculty and staff including seed grants, proposal development and submission, post-award accounting of research expenses, compliance with government and safety guidelines, increasing diversity in STEM fields, community outreach, and technology transfer.  The Office for Research also oversees several Research Centers and Institutes. 

The Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) is a consortium involving Idaho State University, Boise State University, University of Idaho, University of Wyoming and the Idaho National Laboratory.  CAES has a new Strategic Plan whose focus is build and sustain a research collaboration ecosystem in seven energy-related disciplines: nuclear energy, advanced manufacturing, innovative energy systems, energy-water nexus, cybersecurity, energy policy, and computing/data/visualization.  CAES also occupies a building in Idaho Falls with office and laboratory space available for consortia researchers.  As one of the Associate Directors of CAES, Rodgers provides leadership on all activities that promote innovative and collaborative energy-related research.

By training a geologist who studies tectonics and mountain building, Rodgers taught earth history and processes for more than three decades to ISU graduate students, undergraduate majors, and general education students. He directed ISU's geology field camp for 15 years, developing its strong reputation and earning two Outstanding Teacher awards. Rodgers also maintained an externally-funded research program leading to 35 peer-reviewed publications and an equal number of graduate theses as lead or co-advisor. In 1994-1995 he was a Fulbright Scholar at Sultan Qaboos University (Oman) and in 2018-2019 he received a second Fulbright award to the University of Central Asia (Tajikistan).  Over the years Rodgers has served as Chair of Geosciences, as Associate Dean of the College of Science & Engineering, and as ISU Site Leader for Idaho's NSF EPSCoR MILES program.  He holds a PhD from Stanford University and a BA from Carleton College, both in geology.


Dr. Deb Easterly

Assistant Vice President for Research

Office: Business and Technology Center, Room 107


Assistant Vice President Dave Harris

Dave Harris

Assistant Vice President for Research

Office: Administration Building, Room 141



Portrait of Fred Parrish

Fred Parrish

University Business Officer

Office: Colonial Hall, Room 235


Evan Johnson

Evan Johnson

Senior Accountant

Office: Colonial Hall, Room 233