Todd Steury, associate professor of wildlife biology in Auburn University’s College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment, has been named the college’s associate dean of academic affairs.
Steury—who began the role on Sept. 1—has served in leadership roles as chair of the college’s Undergraduate Policies and Procedures Committee, chair of the University Senate Teaching Effectiveness Committee and most recently as chair of the Auburn University Senate.
“Dr. Steury will provide excellent leadership for the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment,” said Janaki Alavalapati, dean of the college. “We are confident he will cultivate a collaborative environment to engage faculty and staff in the forward advancement of the college.”
As faculty senate chair, Steury was instrumental in establishing formal rules for senate meetings via Zoom, worked with the Faculty Research Committee to pass a research data policy for the university and provided input to the administration as it navigated the COVID-19 pandemic, among other projects that were completed or initiated while he was in the position.
“I really look forward to working with the faculty, staff and students of the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment,” said Steury. “My goal is to make our college the best institution for learning about natural resource management in the U.S.”
Steury, who has been an Auburn University faculty member since 2008, earned his bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Colorado, his master’s degree in wildlife resources at the University of Idaho and his doctorate in ecology at Indiana State University.
In 2016, he was a Provost’s Fellow in the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program. Steury also has received many teaching awards during his tenure, including the college’s Harold E. Christian Award for Service to Teaching in 2015.
Steury succeeds Scott Enebak, the Dwain G. Luce Professor of plant pathology and director of the Southern Forest Nursery Management Cooperative, who stepped down from the position on Aug. 31 and will fully retire in January 2023.
(Written by Gracen Carter)