A Message from the Dean: A Message of Gratitude

Even in these challenging times, we’ve never stopped moving forward in our mission to provide students with the highest quality instruction, involve them in impactful research, and offer them all the advising and support they need for a rich and fulfilling student experience.

Dr. Marie Johnson, Dean of the CSF College of NSM

The totality of what happens in the College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics will prepare our students for successful careers, postgraduate education, and whatever other exciting opportunities their futures may hold, and our exceptional faculty and staff have never lost sight of these goals.

Recognized for their commitment to mentorship and student-centered research, our faculty have found innovative ways to engage students and keep them on a clear path to graduation. Several of our faculty have been recognized with prestigious awards and – even more importantly – by alumni who reflect on their life-changing guidance and support.

Along with faculty, our staff and administrators have shown incredible flexibility and resilience, pivoting to meet any obstacle thrown their way to ensure that students have what they need at every step.

Our Student Success Team has also been instrumental in supporting students. They have been able to continue advising and tutoring services through Zoom and have kept students engaged in campus life through virtual events and weekly updates. That team will play a critical role in continuing to build a sense of community as students transition back to campus.

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, construction on McCarthy Hall continues and the second-floor modernization is in full swing. When completed, the enhanced instructional and collaborative spaces will recognize our extraordinary donors and supporters who regularly support our students and programs with funding for scholarships, as well as with their time and expert insights. We could not be more grateful for all they’ve given us.

Thank you to everyone who has played a part in our college’s continuing quest to provide – for each student – an inclusive, excellent educational experience that emphasizes learning through discovery. The challenges we have faced have fully illuminated the inspiring and innovative spirit of every individual who contributes to our community.

Marie Johnson, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

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