Professor Huntoon Named Dean of Graduate School 
Story from Michigan Tech's Tech Today Newsletter July 6, 2005

Jacqueline Huntoon has accepted a three-year appointment as dean of the Graduate School effective Oct. 10, Provost David Reed has announced.

Huntoon, a professor in the Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, has been on the MTU faculty since 1990. For the last two years, she has served as a program director in the Directorate for Geosciences at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Va.

As an NSF program director, she has been responsible for coordinating diversity and education programs within the Directorate for Geosciences and has managed an annual budget of $6 million.

"Jackie brings a great deal of knowledge to the Graduate School, both from her recent experience with NSF in Washington and from her 15 years on the Michigan Tech faculty," Reed said. "I'm looking forward to working with her and the academic units to advance graduate studies at the university."

Huntoon will serve half time as dean and half time as a faculty member in her department until May 6, 2006, when she will assume the graduate dean's responsibilities full time.

Reed also thanked Martyn Smith, interim dean of the Graduate School. "We really appreciate Marty's efforts over the past several months," he said. "He's done an excellent job keeping the graduate program on track."

Huntoon is a Fellow in the Geological Society of America and is a National Association of Geology Teachers Distinguished Lecturer. Among her other honors, she and her PhD student Buddy Wylie were co-recipients of the 2002 A. I. Levorsen Award for Outstanding Contribution to Petroleum Geology from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Huntoon's research focuses on the evolution of sedimentary basins, and she has done extensive studies in America's southwest. In particular, she has led courses and conducted field work in and around Utah's national parks and monuments. With Associate Professors Gregg Bluth (GMES) and Anne Wysocki (Humanities), she has coauthored a multimedia lab manual, "Geologic Processes--Investigations in and Around Utah's National Parks and Monuments," and has authored or coauthored approximately 30 journal articles, refereed proceedings papers and book chapters, as well as about 75 other reports and publications.

Huntoon has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on $5.4 million in research support from funding organizations such as NSF and the U.S. Department of Energy. She has served as associate editor of the Journal of Sedimentary Research since 1998, and has contributed her expertise as a reviewer for a number of academic journals and funding organizations.

At Michigan Tech, Huntoon has served on numerous committees and organizations, including the MTU chapter of WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) and several department and university committees. She earned a PhD in Geology from Pennsylvania State University and was an exploration geologist for Shell Offshore Inc. before coming to MTU.


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