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Ginger Carney Appointed Dean of UI’s College of Science

March 02, 2017

The University of Idaho is pleased to announce that Ginger Carney has been named as the dean of the College of Science, as well as full professor of biology, effective Aug. 14, 2017.

Carney holds a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in genetics from University of Georgia, which was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral genetics at Oregon State University. Her published research includes topics in molecular genetics and physiological mechanisms that regulate animal behavior.

“I am honored to serve as the next dean of the College of Science at UI. The bold university leadership and ambitious growth path on which the university has embarked make this an exciting time to join UI,” Carney said. “I look forward to working with new colleagues in the college and across the university to increase student success while also enhancing the research and intellectual impact of the College of Science.”

Carney joins UI from Texas A&M University, where she is a faculty member in biology and associate dean for assessment and college climate. Carney is a member of the Interdisciplinary Faculty of Neuroscience and Faculty of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and has won numerous awards, including the Women’s Faculty Network Outstanding Service and Leadership Award, the College of Science and Association of Former Students Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Center for Teaching Excellence 25th Anniversary W Course Teaching Award. She was named an SEC Academic Leadership Development Program (SEC-ALDP) Fellow for 2015-2016. She serves on grant review panels for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institute of Health (NIH), and also serves as an ad hoc reviewer for NSF, NIH and numerous journals, including Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA, PLoS Biology, the Journal of Insect Physiology, Evolution, and Proceedings of the Royal Society.

“We are pleased to have Ginger join the Vandal family. Her experience at Texas A&M, the land-grant institution of Texas, positions her to bring valuable leadership in research, teaching and service that aligns with our strategic plan,” said John Wiencek, UI’s provost and executive vice president. “At Texas A&M, she was widely recognized for her effective leadership in promoting diversity and inclusion. She has the right mix of values and experience to excel as our new dean of the College of Scienc
e and I am confident she will take the college to the next level of excellence.”

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