Jon Stoltzfus named BioSci director

Published January 25, 2017

Jon Stoltzfus

Jon R. Stoltzfus is the new director of the MSU College of Natural Science’s Biological Sciences (BioSci) Program. His appointment was effective Jan. 1.

The BioSci Program delivers introductory biology lecture and laboratory courses for a diverse group of students from a variety of academic programs across the university. As its director, Stoltzfus will provide leadership in the development, improvement and implementation of curricula, with the goal of advancing teaching excellence in the program.

Stoltzfus, who joined the MSU faculty in 2003 as an instructor in the MSU Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the College of Natural Science (NatSci), is currently a BMB assistant professor.

“Dr. Stoltzfus is an outstanding teacher who has provided excellent leadership as the curriculum coordinator for BS161: Cells and Molecules, the largest BioSci course,” said Cori Fata-Hartley, NatSci assistant dean of curriculum coordination. “He will now be responsible for providing leadership in advancing the quality of the entire BioSci Program.  We are very pleased to have him take this leadership role.”  

Prior to joining MSU as a faculty member, Stoltzfus was a visiting research associate in the MSU Department of Zoology (1999-2003). He received his A.A. in liberal arts from Hesston College, Hesston, Kan.; his B.S. in general agriculture at Purdue University; and his Ph.D. in genetics from Michigan State University.

"The staff and faculty in the BioSci Program are absolutely outstanding,” Stoltzfus said. “They are continually working to improve student learning and I'm excited by this opportunity to build stronger connections between those efforts." 

Stoltzfus succeeds John Merrill, who stepped down as BioSci director in August 2016 after 13 years of dedicated service to continue to build his research program in STEM education.