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Department of Plant Sciences Faculty Promoted

Five faculty in the Department of Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University have been approved for promotion this year. Deying Li is being promoted to professor. Esther McGinnis, Md. Mukhlesur Rahman and Andy Robinson are being promoted to associate professor and granted tenure. Rebekah Oliver is being promoted to associate professor of practice.

June 26, 2019

Five faculty in the Department of Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University have been approved for promotions this year. Deying Li is being promoted to professor. Esther McGinnis, Md. Mukhlesur Rahman and Andy Robinson are being promoted to associate professor and granted tenure. These promotions are effective July 1, 2019. Rebekah Oliver is being promoted to associate professor of practice, effective August 16, 2019.

Li has been a member of the department since 2002. He leads the sports turf management program, where he researches factors affecting the establishment and persistence of turf grass species and the effect of abiotic stresses on grass species selection and management. He also teaches courses in sports turf operations, landscape irrigation design, and landscape irrigation installation and maintenance. He received his Ph.D. at Iowa State University.

McGinnis has served as NDSU Extension horticulturist since 2013. She advises county Extension agents and coordinates horticultural programs in the eastern half of North Dakota. She also oversees the North Dakota Master Gardener program statewide. Her research includes determining pollinator preferences, management of spotted wing drosophila in North Dakota fruits, evaluation of plant materials for rain garden environments, and high tunnel season extension. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota.

Rahman came to the department in 2008 as an international exchange scientist and was later hired as a research assistant professor. He created the canola breeding program at NDSU. In 2017, his role expanded to include the flax breeding program. He currently leads the oilseed breeding program, focusing on the development and release of canola and flax cultivars with high seed yield, high oil content, disease resistance/tolerance, and stress tolerance traits adapted to the North-Central region environments. He also teaches an intermediate genetics course. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Manitoba.

Robinson has served as potato Extension agronomist for North Dakota and Minnesota since 2012. He educates the region’s growers on growing conditions, pests, and biotic and abiotic diseases of potato, as well as issues that are specific to seed production, fresh market, chipping, and French fry potato acres. He received his Ph.D. at Purdue University.

Oliver has been a member of the department since 2013. She teaches the genetics lecture and laboratory each fall semester and world food crops each spring semester. She also serves as an advisor to undergraduate students in crop and weed sciences. She received her Ph.D. at North Dakota State University.

Author: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123,
Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,

 

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