Department Chairs

Biological Sciences

Chandrashekhar P. Joshi
"Cellulose is the fiber of human civilization."

Chandrashekhar P. Joshi

Department Chair and Professor, Biological Sciences

Adjunct Professor of Plant Molecular Genetics, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

906-487-2738 (Biology)
Dow 741,

Research Interests, Biological Sciences

  • Plant Molecular Genetics

Areas of Expertise, Biology and Forestry

  • Cellulose and lignin biosynthesis in trees
  • Wood formation
  • Tree growth and development
  • Engineering trees
  • Forest bioinformatics


Cary F. Chabalowski

Professor & Chair, Chemistry

Chem Sci 607E

Research Interests

  • Development of methods for modeling chemical properties and reactions
  • Modeling drug activity
  • The study of molecular spectroscopy
  • Detection of chemical warfare agents
  • Modeling gas-phase combustion reactions associated with energetic materials
  • Studying reactions of small, organic compounds on metal surfaces.

Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Susan L. Amato-Henderson

Department Chair, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Associate Professor of Psychology, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Meese Center 103

Research Interests

  • Motivation Science
  • Self-Efficacy
  • Impact of Values on Behavior
  • Cognitive Dissonance
  • Individual Differences in STEM Learning

Computer Science

Min Song

David House Professor and Chair, Computer Science

Director, Institute of Computing and Cybersystems

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

223 Rekhi Hall

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Wireless Networking
  • Sensor Networks
  • Network Security
  • Cyber Physical Systems
  • Mobile Computing


Ronald Strickland

Department Chair, Humanities

Professor of Literature, Humanities

(906) 487-2376
Walker 301B

Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

Jason R. Carter

Department Chair and Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

Adjunct Professor, Biological Sciences, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

SDC 231

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Autonomic and Cardiovascular Control in Humans
  • Neurovascular Responses to Mental Stress
  • Sleep and Autonomic Activity in Humans
  • Sex Differences and Sympathetic Activity
  • Aerobic and Anaerobic Balance in Elite Athletes

Steven J. Elmer

Interim Department Chair and Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

SDC P105

Research Interests

  • Neuromuscular function and dysfunction
  • Adaptations to eccentric exercise
  • Exercise-induced fatigue
  • Functional losses following injury
  • Cycling biomechanics

Mathematical Sciences

Mark S. Gockenbach

Department Chair, Mathematical Sciences

Professor, Mathematical Sciences

Fisher 302

Areas of Expertise

  • Inverse problems in partial differential equations
  • Numerical optimization
  • Mathematical software


Ravindra Pandey

Professor, Physics

Department Chair, Physics

Fellow of American Physical Society

Fisher 108


  • Modeling of Materials

Social Sciences

Hugh S. Gorman

Department Chair, Social Sciences

Professor of Environmental History and Policy, Social Sciences

Academic Office Building 215


  • Environmental History and Policy
  • History of Technology
  • History of Science
  • Economic History

Research Interests

  • The historical interaction between technological change, uses of the environment, and systems of governance
  • The political ecology of energy

Visual and Performing Arts

Jared Anderson

Department Chair, Visual and Performing Arts

Associate Professor, Visual and Performing Arts


  • Choral Singing
  • Contemporary Choral Music
  • Musical Theater
  • Skill Acquisition in the Large Group Rehearsal
  • Ear-Training

Air Force ROTC

Major Jason Engler


Professor of Aerospace Studies, Air Force ROTC

AFROTC/DET 400, 103 ROTC Building

Links of Interest


LTC Adam Melnitsky

Professor of Military Science

(906) 487-2650