U of M Names Jay Bell New Leader in College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
From University of Minnesota News Service
MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (6/25/2007) -- Soil scientist and distinguished professor Jay Bell is the new Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs in the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS).
Bell has been a professor in the soil, water and climate department since 1991 and earlier this year was named a recipient of the prestigious Horace T. Morse award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.
"The recent merger that created CFANS as a new college has created some unique opportunities to shape our undergraduate programs," Bell says. "I hope to create new opportunities for our students in international experiences and learning communities, and to work with university initiatives to expand our educational programs beyond the borders of the University. It’s an exciting time to assume this role."
In addition to his teaching work, Bell is co-coordinator of the environmental science, policy and management major at CFANS and is co-editor of Geoderma, an international journal of soil science. His research interests lie in the landscape-scale process of soil genesis and the application of digital technologies (geographic information systems) for mapping, describing and reporting soil variability for land management.
"Through the interview process Dr. Bell’s passion for educating, challenging and serving students and faculty was clearly evident," said Allen Levine, CFANS dean.
Bell will begin his new duties on July 23, 2007.