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Faculty granted tenure, receive promotions - 2018

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).


Amitava Chatterjee

Amitava Chatterjee, School of Natural Resource Sciences – Soil Science, has been promoted to associate professor with tenure effective July 1, 2018. Chatterjee’s research focus is on fertilizer management practices to minimize nutrient losses and increase crops’ nutrient use efficiency. He teaches a large enrollment undergraduate course and graduate course in soil fertility management.



Lisa Christenson

Lisa Christenson, Department of Animal Sciences, has been promoted to associate professor of practice effective July 1, 2018.  Christenson teaches a number of undergraduate courses, including anatomy and physiology of domestic animals, fundamentals of veterinary radiography, and small mammal and exotic animal health and husbandry. She also contributes to practicum and seminar courses. She advises an average of 27 undergraduate students per year. Christenson serves as the Program Veterinarian for the Veterinary Technology program.

Thomas DeSutter


Thomas DeSutter
, School of Natural Resource Sciences – Soil Science, has been promoted to professor effective July 1, 2018.  DeSutter performs research on the soil environment related to agriculture, reclamation, and soil salinity and sodicity. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in soils and land use, and field instrumentation. DeSutter is the program leader for soil science in the School of Natural Resource Sciences.


Carolyn Hammer


Carolyn Hammer
, Department of Animal Sciences, has been promoted to professor effective July 1, 2018. Hammer teaches courses in equine nutrition, and equine industry and production systems, and co-teaches a large animal veterinary technician techniques course.  As director of the Equine Science program, her administrative duties include personnel management, budget management, and leadership of the equine science curriculum. Hammer conducts research in the area of equine immune transfer and lameness.

Janet Knodel


Janet Knodel
, Department of Plant Pathology, has been promoted to professor effective July 1, 2018.  Knodel’s Extension responsibility is state leadership of programs primarily targeting insect pest management in field crops, but also to provide Extension support for horticultural and home settings. Her research focuses on applied solutions to economically important insect pests of North Dakota crops. In 2018, she was honored with an international award for excellence in integrated pest management (IPM).

Ryan Limb


Ryan Limb
, School of Natural Resource Sciences – Range Science, has been promoted to associate professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2018. Limb’s research focus is on rangeland restoration ecology. He teaches various undergraduate and graduate courses including introduction to range management, range habitat management, grazing ecology, and agrostology. He received a distinguished service award from the Lignite Energy Council in 2017.

Zhulu Lin


Zhulu Lin
, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, has been promoted to associate professor with tenure, effective August 16, 2018.  Lin performs research on understanding and managing complex, large-scale agricultural and hydrological systems for sustainable uses of soil and water resources.  He teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate level courses in agricultural and biosystems engineering.


Samuel Markell

Samuel Markell, Department of Plant Pathology, has been promoted to professor effective July 1, 2018. Markell’s Extension program provides education and disease management resources for eight broadleaf row crops with a focus on soybean, dry bean, and sunflowers. After initially launching a soybean cyst nematode (SCN) program in North Dakota, Markell worked with regional and national collaborators to develop the SCN Coalition.  The focus of his research is to improve disease management tools and recommendations for economically important crop diseases.

Scott Pryor
Scott Pryor
has been promoted to professor effective July 1, 2018. Pryor is tenured in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. His research focus is on developing technologies for processing cellulosic feedstock such as perennial grasses and agricultural residues. He taught a variety of courses ranging from introductory undergraduate level courses to a graduate level course in bioprocess engineering. Pryor currently serves as associate dean for undergraduate programs in the College of Engineering.

Saleem ShaikSaleem Shaik, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, has been promoted to professor effective August 16, 2018. Shaik performs research on managing production, farm policy and trade risks associated with farm income, efficiency, and productivity in a very volatile agricultural industry that is global in nature. He teaches undergraduate level applied risk analysis and graduate level analytical methods for applied economics courses. Shaik has served as director since 2016 for the Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies, which addresses the importance of U.S. Federal farm policy and trade studies and agreements for North Dakota and Northern Great Plains.

 Senay Simsek
Senay Simsek
, Department of Plant Sciences, has been promoted to professor effective July 1, 2018. Simsek’s research is in the broad field of wheat quality and carbohydrate chemistry. She has taught graduate level courses in flour testing and baking, cereal and food chemistry, and carbohydrate chemistry. She was awarded the Bert D’ Appolonia Cereal Science and Technology Wheat Endowed Professorship in 2013.


Lei Zhang
Lei Zhang
, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, has been promoted to associate professor with tenure effective August 16, 2018. Her teaching focus is on macroeconomics, econometrics, and real estate economics. She received the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Teaching Award in 2017.  Zhang’s research focuses on applied econometrics, regional and urban economics.

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