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NDSU Promotion/Tenure 2014-2015

NDSU announced that 46 faculty members were awarded promotions and 31 faculty members received tenure, effective with the 2014-15 academic year.

Faculty who have been promoted and/or received tenure in the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources include:

Erika Berg

Erika Berg
, Department of Animal Sciences, has been promoted to associate professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2014. Berg’s research program focuses on how horse and human interactions affect both equine and human participants. Currently, she is investigating the effects of an equine-assisted psychotherapy program for at-risk youth in a residential child care facility and evaluating stress behaviors in therapy horses. Teaching responsibilities include courses in equine anatomy and physiology, domestic animal behavior, animal science orientation, undergraduate research and equine assisted therapies. In addition, Berg oversees the minor in therapeutic horsemanship.


Xiwen Cai

Xiwen Cai
, Department of Plant Sciences, has been promoted to professor effective July 1, 2014. Cai’s primary responsibilities are teaching courses in genetics and leading the wheat genetics and cytology project to perform research on wheat cytogenetics, genomics, and alien gene introgression. He has identified economically and biologically important genes from wheat and its relatives.  These genes have been characterized for a better understanding at the chromosomal and molecular levels, and more efficient utilization of the genes in wheat improvement. Also, he has performed physical mapping of the complex wheat genome by inducing homoeologous recombination.  In addition, he has developed and provided elite wheat germplasm with wild species-derived favorable genes to wheat breeding programs for variety development.

Kasey Maddock Carlin


Kasey Maddock Carlin, Department of Animal Sciences, has been promoted to associate professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2014.  The majority of Carlin’s research focuses on impacts of nutrition, environment, growth technologies, and postmortem aging on changes in skeletal muscle ultrastructure and protein expression as it affects muscle development, meat quality and product yield in red meat species. Teaching responsibilities include a course in general meat science and graduate meat science.

Jack Norland


Jack Norland, School of Natural Resource Sciences (Natural Resources Management program), has been promoted to associate professor with tenure, effective July1, 2014. Norland’s duties are split between teaching and research. His teaching duties include classes on geographic information systems in natural resource management, watershed management, planning in natural resource management, and scenarios in natural resource management. His research focuses on grassland plantings for grazing and conservation, weed control in grassland plantings, environmental effects of energy development, and grassland ecology.


Shafiqur Rahman

Shafiqur Rahman
, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, has been promoted to associate professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2014. Research and Extension activities include animal manure management, manure and animal mortality composting, anaerobic digestion of manure and agricultural wastes, best management practices for mitigating nutrient runoff from feedlot and land application of manure. In addition, his research activities include monitoring air pollutants and greenhouse gases (GHGs), and evaluation of new technologies to mitigate odor and air emissions from livestock production facilities. Rahman is currently conducting research on dust quantification in western North Dakota. He also mentors graduate and undergraduate students.

Alan Zuk


Alan Zuk, Department of Plant Sciences, has been promoted to associate professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2014. He has a predominant teaching appointment and is responsible for seven courses including turfgrass management which addresses species characteristics of cool and warm-season turfgrasses, and cultural requirements for home lawns, parks, and sports turf. His research focuses on low maintenance turfgrass and landscape plant management.

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