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College Leadership

Please visit the Dean's Office directory for information on who to contact to schedule meetings with college leadership and a listing of units within the Dean's Office.

David Greenstein

Interim Dean of the College of Biological Sciences

David Greenstein started his academic career at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and joined the College of Biological Scineces faculty as a professor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development in 2006. He served as associate dean for research from 2018-2022. A distinguished researcher, Greenstein uses the nematode Caenorhaditis elegans as a model for studying the control of meiosis by intercellular signaling. He received his Ph.D. from Rockefeller University and went on to a postdoctoral position at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

The dean of the College of Biological Sciences works with faculty, staff, students, and other key stakeholders to create a unified vision for the College and provides strategic leadership to advance the overall quality, reputation, stature, and aspirational goals of CBS. The dean is responsible for the effective oversight and administration of the college.

NikkNikki Letawsky Schultzi Letawsky Shultz

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and International Programs

Nicole Letawsky Shultz received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include student success at research universities and the career development of intercollegiate student-athletes. Nikki is a recipient of the University of Minnesota's President's Award for Outstanding Services and the National Association of Academic Advisors Outstanding Administrator Award. 

The assistant dean implements and manages plans to support and enhance the undergraduate student experience. Through programmatic and administrative leadership of CBS Student Services, this position oversees undergraduate academic advising, career development, student engagement, and recruitment. The assistant dean also develops strategies and manages programs designed to increase CBS undergraduate participation in learning abroad.

Leslie SchiffLeslie Schiff

Associate Dean for the University Curriculum

Leslie Schiff is a professor of Microbiology and also serves as associate dean for university curriculum through the Office of Undergraduate Education. Leslie received her Ph.D. from Tufts University. Her research interests include virus entry and translational control, as well as microbiology education and communication and writing in STEM fields.

The CBS Honors Liaison is responsible for continued efforts to infuse disciplinary writing practices throughout the CBS undergraduate curriculum by promoting Writing Enriched Curriculum (WEC) and Writing Intensive (WI) coursework. This position also serves as liaison with the University Honors Program and works with faculty who are interested in creating new liberal education courses.

Laurie Parker

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education

Laurie Parker is an associate professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow.  Her research is broadly directed at assay development for post-translational modifications, with a focus on protein phosphorylation by tyrosine kinases.

The associate dean for undergraduate education manages the development and coordination of innovative, longitudinal curricula across CBS in basic sciences education. This position oversees the development of programs for the assessment of student learning and works with faculty to improve CBS teaching. In addition, the associate dean for undergraduate education collaborates with educational leaders to coordinate the integration of academic and information technology to support undergraduate biological sciences education and faculty development. 

Marlene ZMarlene Zukuk

Associate Dean for Faculty

Marlene Zuk is a professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on emerging questions in behavioral ecology and evolutionary biology. Her lab uses invertebrate systems to study the evolution of mating behavior and secondary sexual characters in natural populations. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

The associate dean for faculty oversees faculty affairs in the College of Biological Sciences by managing the appointment process for new, affiliate, and adjunct faculty, working with department leadership to manage faculty search and hiring processes, and negotiating dual-career arrangements. This position manages the promotion and tenure process, as well as maintains responsibility for identifying and fostering effective open recruitment processes, orienting new faculty and providing mentoring and development opportunities for faculty at all career stages. The associate dean for faculty also oversees sabbatical and single-semester leave requests and central management of faculty awards and honors.