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Greg Podgorski Named USU College of Science Associate Dean

Friday, Jun. 28, 2019

USU associate dean Greg Podgorski

Greg Podgorski has been named the USU College of Science's associate dean for undergraduate programs and services. He assumes his new post July 1.

Greg Podgorski, associate professor in Utah State University’s Department of Biology, has been named associate dean for undergraduate programs and services for the university’s College of Science. He succeeds Richard Mueller, who recently retired from the post after 37 years of service with the university.  Podgorski assumes his new post July 1.

“We’re delighted to welcome Greg to this new position,” says USU Science Dean Maura Hagan. “Greg brings a wealth of experience, expertise and enthusiasm, which will greatly benefit our students.”

Podgorski’s duties will focus on undergraduate student affairs, including oversight of recruitment, advising, instruction, curriculum, retention and undergraduate research. He will also chair the college’s Science Unwrapped public outreach program.

“I look forward to taking an active role in student recruitment, especially recruitment of underrepresented minorities,” says Podgorski, who joined USU in 1988. “My focus will also be data-driven tools to encourage student participation and success, as well as promoting opportunities in undergraduate research.”

A National Academies Teaching Fellow, Podgorski has taught a wide range of biology classes, including Biology and the Citizen, Introductory Biology for Scientists and Engineers, genetics and advanced microbiology, as well as cell and developmental biology. He has served as a committee member for more than 50 graduate students completing advances degrees in programs throughout the university.

Podgorski has led multiple teaching-focused workshops throughout the nation and is among the authors of the nationally acclaimed and widely used Biological Science college textbook.

In addition to teaching, Podgorski has led an active research program and has co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed research journal and conference papers. His research interests focus on cell signaling and development, along with computational biology.

He joins fellow associate deans Michelle Baker, associate dean for research and faculty, and Sean Johnson, associate dean for graduate studies, in the College of Science. Announcement of Podgorski’s post accompanies additional personnel appointments in the college also taking effect July 1, including Lance Seefeldt as head of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; James Powell as interim head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and Susannah French as associate head of the Department of Biology.

USU’s College of Science includes the academic departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Geosciences, Mathematics and Statistics, and Physics. More than 1,400 Aggie students are enrolled in the college’s undergraduate majors and over 200 scholars are enrolled in the college’s graduate programs. The college also provides foundational science, mathematics and computer science courses to students throughout the university.


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