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Service / Leadership

Professional Service

Professional Societies

Council on Undergraduate Research

  • PI and Leadership Team, NSF-funded national workshop dissemination project (2006 – present)
  • CUR Quarterly Strategic Vision Task Force (2013 – 2015)
  • CUR 2012 National Conference, Host Planning Committee, Chair (2010 – 2012)
  • Immediate Past-president (2009 – 2010)
  • President (2008 – 2009)
  • President-elect (2007 – 2008)
  • Executive Board (2001 – 2003; 2007 – 2010)
  • Biology Division Chair (2001 – 2003)
  • Biology Councilor (1997 – 2000, 2000 – 2003)
  • Nominations Committee (1997 – 2003; Chair, 1999 – 2003)
  • Assessment Committee for Research Institutes (2001 – 2003)
  • National Speakers Bureau (1996 – present)
  • Coordinator/Facilitator for national workshops/institutes (1997 – present)
  • Summer Research Fellowship Review Committee (1998)
  • Institutional Liaison at Truman State University (1994 – 1997)

Botanical Society of America

  • Publications Committee (2010 – present)
  • Program Director (1999 – 2002, 2002 – 2005)
  • Executive Board (1999 – 2005)
  • Editor-in-Chief Search Committee, American Journal of Botany (2008)
  • Scientific Inquiry though Plants Steering Committee (2005 – 2010)
  • Personnel Committee (2001 – 2005)
  • Staff Search Committee (Meetings Manager) (2000 – 2001)
  • Karling Graduate Student Research Grant Committee, (1998 – 2000; Chair, 1998 – 1999)
  • Maynard F. Moseley Student Award Committee (1996 – 1999; Chair, 1998 – 1999)
  • Campus Representative at Truman State University (1995 – 2006)

Paleobotanical Section, Botanical Society of America

  • Chairperson (1998 – 1999)
  • Secretary-Treasurer (1995 – 1998)
  • Michael A. Cichan Award Committee (1997 – 2002; Chair, 1999)
  • Isabel Cookson Student Award Committee, Chair (1993)
  • Nominations Committee, for Editor of the annual Bibliography (2000)

International Organization of Paleobotany Conference – V

  • Financial Aid Committee (1996)

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, Kirksville Chapter

  • Researcher-of-the-Year Selection Committee (2004)
  • President (1997 – 1999)
  • President-elect (1995 – 1997)
  • Executive Committee (1995 – 2001)
  • Community Outreach Committee (1993 – 2002)
  • Membership Committee (1993 – 1998)

External Advisory Boards

  • State of Oklahoma’s multi-year, multi-million dollar Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN) and IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) grant from the National Institutes of Health. (2002 – present)
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar Peer Review Committee (2002 – 2005)

Manuscript Reviews for Scientific Journals / Councils

  • American Journal of Botany
  • Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club
  • Grana
  • International Journal of Plant Sciences
  • Journal of Paleontology
  • Journal of Plant Research
  • Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology
  • Science Teaching Reconsidered: A Handbook (Committee on Undergraduate Education, National Research Council)

Editorial Boards of Scientific Journals


Grant Proposal & External Panel Reviews

    • American Association for the Advancement of Science
    • Fulbright Senior Scholar Program – Council for International Exchange of Scholars
    • Israel Science Foundation
    • National Science Foundation
    • National Institutes of Health
    • United States Department of Agriculture
    • Petroleum Research Fund – American Chemical Society
    • M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust

College & University Service

The College of New Jersey

  • President’s Advisory Council  (2006 – present)
  • Deans Council  (2006 – present)
  • Critical Incident Planning Group / Emergency Operations Center  (2009 – present)
  • Campus Diversity Council (2016 – present)
  • Strategic Planning and Resources Committee (2015 – 2016)
  • Public Art Selection Committee (2015 – 2016)
  • Facilities Master Plan Working Group (2014 – 2015)
  • Director of Grants and Sponsored Research Search Committee, Chair (2014 – 2015)
  • Vice Provost for Faculty and Strategic Planning Search Committee (2013 – 2014)
  • Middle State Reaccreditation Task Force (2013 – 2014)
  • Enrollment Management Planning Council (2011 – 2014)
  • Major Gifts Officers Search Committee (2013, 2014)
  • Compliance Committee (2013 – 2014)
  • Strategic Planning Task Force (2011 – 2012)
  • Committee on Faculty Affairs  (2006 – 2011)
  • Dean of the School of the Arts and Communication Search Committee, Chair (2008 – 2009)
  • Dean of the School of Engineering Search Committee, Chair (2007 – 2008)

Truman State University

University-Wide

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program, Director & PI (2004 – 2006)
  • Strategic Planning Advisory Committee (2005 – 2006)
  • Undergraduate Research Committee (1998 – 1999; Chair, 2002 – 2006)
  • Student Health Center Advisory Council (2003 – 2006)
  • Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (1995 – 2006)
  • Search Committee, Ronald E. McNair Program Research Coordinator (2004 – 2005)
  • Sabbatical Review Committee (2000 – 2001)
  • Who’s Who Among College and University Students Selection Committee (1995)
  • Strategic Planning Committee on Faculty Recruitment and Retention (1993)

Science Division

  • Electron Microscopy Laboratory, Co-Director (1993 – 2006)
  • Student Research Grant Review Committee (1994 – 2006)
  • National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) Planning Committee (Coordinator of abstract /registration submissions & travel arrangements, 1994 – 1998)
  • Strategic Planning Committee on Enhancing Faculty-Student Research (Chair, 1996 – 1998)
  • Building Security Committee, Chair (1993 – 1995)
  • Equipment Planning Committee (1991 – 1992)

Biology Department

  • Faculty advisor, PLANTS -The botany club (2004 – 2006)
  • Co-Coordinatori and Co-PI, Truman’s Math-Biology Initiative (2003 – 2006). Mathematical Biology website
  • Seminar Committee (1992 – 2003; Chair, 1994 – 1996, 2001 – 2003)
  • External Review Committee (Chair, 2001-2002)
  • Microscope Advisory Committee, Chair (1993 – 2006)
  • Faculty Search Committee (Invertebrate Ecologist) (2000 – 2001)
  • Equipment Planning Committee (1995 – 2000, Chair 2003-2006)
  • Graduate Student Thesis Committees (6 Students; 1994 – 2006)
  • Graduate Committee (1993 -1995; 1996 – 1998)
  • Faculty Search Committee (Plant Cell Biologist/Physiologist) (1996 – 1998)
  • Public Relations Materials Committee, Chair (1997 – 1998)
  • Curriculum Committee (1991 – 1995; Chair, 1994 – 1995)
  • Workshop Planning Committee – Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (CoPLAC) Workshop on the Biology Curriculum (1994 – 1995)
  • Faculty Search Committee, Chair (Plant Systematist) (1994 – 1995)
  • Faculty Search Committee (Population Geneticist) (1994 – 1995)
  • Faculty Search Committee (Introductory Biology Coordinator) (1991 – 1992)
  • Faculty Search Committee, Chair (Visiting Assistant Professor) (1993)
  • Long-Term Course Planning Committee, Chair (1992)
  • Alumni Newsletter Committee (1991 – 1992)

Community Service

Community Outreach Presentations

  • Stony Brook Elementary School
  • Kirksville High School
  • Kirksville Junior High School
  • Kirksville Middle School
  • Kirksville Optimist Club
  • Kirksville Area Association for Life-Long Learning
  • Brashear Elementary School
  • Gorin Middle School
  • Child Development Center, Kirksville

Science Fairs

  • Stony Brook Elementary School, Pennington, New Jersey
  • Science Fair Judge, Hayes County Consolidated School District, San Marcos, TX