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CALS Innovation + Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows

In 2022, the Dean's Office for Academic Innovation and Start Something College of Agriculture and Life Sciences developed the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows (IEFF) program, which seeks to foster and expand a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in CALS faculty across each of our departments. To advance this goal, the Dean's office provides funds to support faculty seeking to incorporate innovation within teaching, research or extension activities.

Each year, faculty fellows are organized as a cohort and provided with training and professional development in innovation and entrepreneurship. Fellows will formally serve for two years with an expectation that each fellow will continue to be engaged in building a network and culture of innovation and entrepreneurship within their departments and across the college.

2022 Cohort

  • Dr. Stephanie Clark, headshot

    Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

    Dr. Clark developed a new course allowing students to explore innovations in beer, wine and cheese called Science and Practice of Cheesemaking.

  • Dr. Shawn Dorius, headshot

    Associate Professor
    Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

    Dr. Dorius designed a new course to empower the next generation of social scientists to address the grand challenges of the future.

  • Dr. Karri Haen Whitmer, headshot

    Teaching Professor
    Department of Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology

    Dr. Haen Whitmer aided students as they developed an adaptable electronics kit to increase the utility and dexterity of 3D printed prosthetics hands. 

  • Dr. Karl Kerns, headshot

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Animal Science

    Dr. Kerns is integrating entrepreneurship into activities and curriculum within the Department of Animal Science, from an introductory course to special projects for students to get hands-on experience in animal science-related entrepreneurship opportunities.

  • Dr. Claudia Lemper-Manahl, headshot

    Associate Teaching Professor
    Department of Plant Pathology, Entomology, and Microbiology


  • Dr. Fally Masambucka-Kanchewa, headshot

    Assistant Teaching Professor
    Department of Agricultural Education and Studies


  • Dr. Matthew O'Neal, headshot

    Department of Plant Pathology, Entomology, and Microbiology


  • Dr. Walter Suza, headshot

    Adjunct Associate Professor
    Department of Agronomy


  • Dr. Amy Toth, headshot

    Department of Ecology, Evolutional, and Organismal Biology


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