Faculty and Administrator
I am responsible for helping others do great things at Gustavus! In my administrative role I wear many hats, however, the common denominator is that I work to provide the resources and support for others to reach their fullest potential – faculty members, staff, and – most importantly – our students.
I feel I have one of the best jobs in the world…working as the Dean of Sciences and Education at Gustavus Adolphus College… a fantastic, student-centered, Lutheran, liberal arts college! While I work closely with the particular departments and programs in education, the social sciences and the natural sciences, I participate in a myriad of committees that connect me with every facet of the college.
I grew up in the small, farm town of Aledo, Illinois. I earned my B.A. from Augustana College (IL) in 1987. I attended the University of Kansas where I completed both my M.S. and Ph.D. (with high honors) in animal behavior from the Department of Entomology. After teaching one year at William Jewell College in Missouri, I returned to my alma mater. Prior to joining the Provost’s Office here, I was a professor of biology at Augustana, for 17 years.
I taught Entomology, Parasitology, General Zoology and Human Cadaver Dissection. I also taught courses on their Latin American Term – most recently, an ethnozoology course in Brazil, Peru and Mexico. In addition, I initiated their Nicaragua Medical Service Learning Program in 2008.
I love living very near the campus in St. Peter with my wife, Diana. We have one daughter who is a ‘13 Gustie.
What do I do when I am not working?
I love being outdoors…biking, hiking, fishing, kayaking, rollerblading or collecting insects.
I love playing and watching sports, especially basketball.
I love cooking and eating ethnic foods, particularly with family and friends.
I love traveling, especially internationally. I have been to 22 countries, but Latin America has a hold on my heart. It is a rare year that I do not get to a Spanish-speaking country at least once.