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Professor and Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Joseph P. Ward is the dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Prior to joining Utah State University in 2016, he was a professor and chair of history at the University of Mississippi. A specialist in the society and culture of England during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Ward is an author or editor of eight books, including Culture, Faith, and Philanthropy: Londoners and Provincial Reform in Early Modern England and (with Robert O. Bucholz) London: A Social and Cultural History 1550-1750. Among his other fellowships and honors, Ward was part of an international team that won a Major Collaborative Research Initiatives grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to examine the making of publics in early modern Europe.
Phone: (435) 797-1195
Vice Provost, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
Janet Anderson serves as vice provost with a primary focus of improving student customer service and overseeing University Advising, course fees, and institutional program reviews in coordination with the Board of Regents. Janet joined the faculty in 1990 and currently holds the rank of professional practice professor in the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Sciences. She has received numerous teaching awards, most notably the USU Eldon J. Gardner Teacher of the Year Award and the USDA Food and Agriculture Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award. She is a registered dietitian with extensive knowledge of general, sports, and lifecycle nutrition, child nutrition programs and food safety. Her consumer food safety studies have made significant contributions to knowledge in the field and have been published in leading journals and resulted in significant national media coverage.
Phone: (435) 797-2104
Professor and Head, College of Engineering
Paul Barr is a professor and the department head of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Utah State University. He is currently serving as the director of the Utah Transportation Center. His research interests have focused on the performance of bridges. He has been involved in bridge testing and long-term instrumentation of bridges throughout the United States. Recent projects have included Long-Term Bridge Performance Program, forensic testing of forty-year-old pre-stressed concrete bridge girders and the long-term structural health monitoring of integral abutment bridges. As director of the Utah Transportation Center, he has focused on quantifying long-term bridge performance due to damage or deterioration. Dr. Barr has published over seventy peer-reviewed articles and has supervised over 30 graduate students.
Phone: (435) 797-8249
Associate Professor, College of Science
David E. Brown is an associate professor and associate department head for the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Dr. Brown specializes in pure and applied graph theory and combinatorics. He has published papers in combinatorial matrix theory, structural characterizations of graphs and digraphs, and ordered sets. Dr. Brown was USU’s Eldon J. Gardner Teacher of the Year in 2014; a presenter at USU’s Science Unwrapped in 2016, and is currently a TEDxUSU fellow. He is currently involved in a collaborative effort to create and implement a program for assessment and improvement of teaching, dubbed “Together We Teach” (or TWeT) by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
Phone: (435) 797-3224
Dean, University Libraries
Bradford Cole is dean of University Libraries at Utah State University. Brad's background is in special collections librarianship. He worked as a manuscript curator, archivist and associate dean before becoming dean of University Libraries. Brad's scholarly interests encompass numerous issues about the evolving library in today's academic setting. He also has subject interests in the fur trade of the Rocky Mountains, the history of Utah State University and the western environment, as well as Jack London. He has presented and written about these topics. Brad has facilitated conversion of legacy finding aides to EAD format, the national standard for archival records. For his considerable contributions to the archival community in the Intermountain West, Brad was awarded the CIMA (Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists) Service Award in 2015.
Phone: (435) 797-2687
Professor, College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, and USU Extension
Kynda Curtis is a professor and Extension agriculture and food marketing specialist in the Department of Applied Economics at Utah State University (USU). She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Washington State University in 2003. Prior to obtaining her Ph.D., she served as a corporate trainer for the Frank Russell Company in Tacoma, WA. Her research interests include international agriculture/food marketing, consumer demand for specialty foods and behavioral economics. As an Extension specialist, Dr. Curtis assists small-scale growers in developing new markets for their products and assessing the feasibility of new products and value-added processes. Dr. Curtis has received several awards including Extension group program awards from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) and the Western Agricultural Economics Association (WAEA) and the AAEA President’s Award.
Phone: (435) 797-0444
Associate Professor, S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources
Mike King is an associate professor in the Department of Wildland Resources and is located at USU Eastern in Price, UT. Dr. King currently oversees and teaches in the Wildlife Science bachelor’s degree program. He broadcasts a majority of his courses throughout the state via USU’s distance education system. Prior to his current position, Mike served in several administrative positions at the College of Eastern Utah (CEU), including biology department chair, dean of arts & sciences, and provost/vice president for academic affairs. He served as interim president at CEU for two years, including the period leading up to the merger between CEU and USU. Mike was appointed to the Utah Wildlife Board by Governor Gary Herbert in 2011.
Phone: (435) 613-5400
Associate Professor, Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services
Kimberly Lott is an associate professor in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership. She is currently serving as the president elect of the Faculty Senate. Dr. Lott’s primary research focus is studying the effects of using reformed science teaching strategies on preservice and in-service elementary teachers. Her currently funded project, Integrating Science and Technology Into Literacy Learning (INSTILL), focuses on the effects of using science as the context for developing literacy skills in both reading and writing within the early grades (K-2). Project INSTILL also examines innovative uses of technology that allow young students to gather data, reason with data, and communicate scientific understanding.
Phone: (435) 797-1103
Professor and Executive Associate Dean, Caine College of the Arts
Nicholas Morrison serves as professor of music and executive associate dean of the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University. His administrative portfolio includes assisting the dean with faculty development, tenure and promotion, personnel, budget, assessment, and curriculum. He holds degrees in music education and clarinet performance from the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, University of Notre Dame, and Florida State University. A regular substitute clarinetist with the Utah Symphony, Morrison is a founding member of Logan Canyon Winds, USU’s faculty wind quintet. His teaching responsibilities include the clarinet studio and chamber music, and he serves as music director of the USU Summer Alumni Band. He has been a faculty member at USU since 1991 and is a D’Addario Woodwinds Performing Artist.
Phone: (435) 797-3506
Senior Lecturer, Jon M. Huntsman School of Business
Karen Woolstenhulme has served as a faculty member of the Management Information Systems Department for 25 years. She has been involved in the regional campus system for many years, first at the Uintah Basin Regional Campus, and currently at the Brigham City Regional Campus. Karen has taught courses in business communication and management information systems in several different formats including online, interactive video conferencing, hybrid format and face-to-face. Meeting the educational needs of students in rural Utah is a priority for Karen. She has used distance education technology to teach many students who would not otherwise have had higher education opportunities.
Phone: (435) 823-2194