The Office of the Executive Dean sets the strategic direction and vision for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS). It leads efforts to advance the mission and vision of the school, while playing an integral role within Rutgers University leadership. Leadership areas within the Office of the Executive Dean include Academic Personnel, Alumni and Community Engagement, Public Outreach and Communication, Financial and Business Administration, Human Resources, Information Technology Services, Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships, and Planning and Budgets.
Ann Brooks Gould
The Office of Academic Programs encompasses all undergraduate and graduate academic programs and activity at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences which includes course and curriculum oversight, faculty forums, student advising, registration, admissions, recruitment, degree certifications, academic success initiatives, and oversight of all budget matters as it relates to teaching.
SEBS Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) prepares its students to solve some of the more challenging societal problems. Focused on access, academic excellence, and research. SEBS EOF cultivates students' capacity to make adaptive changes in their educational development and overcome historic socioeconomic factors that challenge their potential for success. The EOF Program provides services that assist students in navigating the complexities of an academic and social climate, to facilitate meeting the requirements needed to succeed as a science major.
Entering students are recruited from high school to participate in this four year program. The General Honors Program consists of first-term honors courses, honors seminars in the spring term of the first and second years, and graduated research projects beginning in the second term or year and typically culminating in a George H. Cook Scholars project senior year.
Wendie Cohick serves as the SEBS Dean of Research and Graduate Education and the Senior Associate Director of NJAES, Director of Research. Dean Cohick has responsibility for overseeing the SEBS & NJAES research portfolio with the goal of achieving research excellence for both. This includes enhancing research administration to facilitate successful submissions for NSF, NIH, USDA and other federal funding, including USDA capacity funds; promoting interdisciplinary research collaborations among SEBS & NJAES faculty and across the university; coordinating the missions of SEBS-based institutes and centers with NJAES and departmental research goals; and managing strategic investment in research infrastructure and core facilities. She serves as the liaison between the School of Graduate Studies and our SEBS-based graduate programs with the goal of strengthening graduate and post-doctoral training.
Troy A. Roepke serves as the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the SEBS and NJAES and is responsible in implementing the SEBS Diversity Action Plan. Their core mission is to support diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values in our work, interactions, and planning and as central to our ability to function as a community of learning and research, developing a culture of belonging, and ensuring a commitment to each individual's dignity. As a member of the SEBS/NJAES administrative leadership team, the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will amplify our focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion for faculty, staff, students, and community engagement. The Associate Dean also serves as the SEBS/NJAES representative on key campus committees and efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Many of our faculty have extensive and longstanding collaborations with international partners. These partnerships have provided new avenues for research and scholarship. A recent survey shows that our faculty are engaged in research activities that circle the globe—from the Arctic tundra to the tip of Cape Horn. Opportunities to engage in international activities are steadily increasing for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. Through this office we hope to enhance and facilitate these opportunities for our community.