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Faculty granted tenure, receive promotions - 2015

Full list of NDSU faculty who have been promoted and/or received tenure

We would like to extend congratulations to each of these individuals receiving promotion and/or tenure within the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources (CAFSNR).

 Clifford Hall III

Clifford Hall, Department of Plant Sciences, has been promoted to professor effective July 1, 2015. Hall’s primary responsibilities are directing the Pulse Quality Program, research and teaching courses in food and cereal science, with sensory science of food and lipid chemistry being his primary teaching responsibilities. His research focuses on the end utilization of North Dakota commodities such as flaxseed, edible beans and pulses. Current emphasis is pulse functionality and utilization. He has developed egg replacers using pea protein and gluten free products from pulse flours. In addition, Hall is the undergraduate food science coordinator and a committee member on the Higher Education Review Board for the Institute of Food Technologists.


 Kendall Swanson
Kendall Swanson
, Department of Animal Sciences, has been promoted to professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2015. Swanson conducts research on beef cattle nutrition and teaches nutrition courses.  Swanson’s research program focuses on improving the efficiency of feed utilization and reducing the environmental impact of beef cattle production systems; better defining nutrient metabolism and energy use of gut tissues and the whole animal; examining the effects of nutrition on pancreatic function, examining the impacts of diet and management systems on feeding behavior; and assessing alternative feeding programs to reduce feed costs in finishing cattle, growing cattle, and wintering beef cow feeding programs. He also mentors graduate and undergraduate students.


Siew Lim

Siew Lim, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, has been promoted to associate professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2015. Lim’s research program is in applied microeconomics with a focus on transportation industries and regional development. Her recent research projects include airline economic and financial performance, and regional development and rural community resilience. One of her current projects examines the impact of manmade shocks on rural communities in western North Dakota. Her teaching responsibilities include courses in elements of economics, principles of microeconomics, intermediate microeconomics, econometrics, industrial organization and economics of transportation systems.


Frayne Olson

Frayne Olson, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, has been promoted to associate professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2015. Olson’s primary responsibilities are to provide Extension education programs in crop marketing and risk management. Major program efforts include crop market outlook, the economics of crop contracting, use of hedging and options for price risk management and crop price forecasting. His Extension abilities were recognized by the ND Chapter of the Association of Communication Excellence with the Communicator of the Year award in 2014. Olson also conducts research in the measurement of crop production, quality and price risk and farm financial performance.


Deirdre Prischmann-Voldseth

Deirdre Prischmann-Voldseth, School of Natural Resource Sciences - Entomology, has been promoted to associate professor with tenure, effective July1, 2015. Prischmann-Voldseth’s research primarily focuses on exploring relationships among arthropods and other organisms within an environmental context and how this information can be applied to support integrated pest management (IPM) programs. The current research focus in her lab is how to effectively combine IPM tactics to enhance pest management and how soil properties and biota impact herbivorous arthropods and their natural enemies. Teaching responsibilities include general entomology and principles of insect pest management.

Qi Zhang

Qi Zhang, Department of Plant Sciences, has been promoted to associate professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2015. Zhang’s responsibilities include research and teaching. Her research program focuses on plant stress physiology and nutrient management in field crops and turfgrasses. She is currently investigating the effects of salinity and waterlogging on plant growth, development, and production. Zhang teaches courses in plant stress physiology and cultural practices for stress management.

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