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Iowa State University
3810 Beardshear Hall
515 Morrill Rd
Ames, IA - 50011-2033
About Us

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Priniciple’s of Community .

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.



Honors and awards

VanDerZanden receives award of excellence

Ann Marie VanDerZanden, professor of horticulture and director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), received the 2016 Teaching Award of Excellence from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA). The award is presented to one individual nationally who demonstrates excellence in post-secondary instruction in agriculture. It reflects VanDerZanden's commitment both in the classroom and as a catalyst to help other faculty become excellent teachers through her work with CELT.

Wu receives major honor from chemical engineering group

Yue Wu, ISU's Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) has been named the recipient of the 2016 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Nanoscale Science & Engineering Forum (NSEF) Young Investigator Award. This honor recognizes outstanding interdisciplinary research in nanoscience and nanotechnology by engineers or scientists in the early stages of their professional careers. 

Transportation services is sustainability-accredited

ISU transportation services recently was designated a sustainability-accredited fleet by the National Association of Fleet Administrators. NAFA bestows the award on fleets that have demonstrated meaningful progress in improving air quality through decreasing emissions, increasing fuel efficiency and reducing fuel use.

Woods receives distinguished service award

Barbara Woods, human sciences special projects manager with ISU Extension and Outreach, hasreceived the distinguished service award from American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Iowa Affiliate. Woods also is an adjunct assistant professor in the human development and family studies department. The award recognizes professional excellence and achievement in family and consumer sciences with outstanding service to AAFCS.

Wiegand receives national advising award

Jason Wiegand, an academic adviser in the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, is a recipient of the 2016 Outstanding New Advisor Award (category for those whose primary role is academic advising) from NACADA (National Acadmic Advising Association). The award recognizes consistent evidence of qualities associated with outstanding student advising in individuals who have served as an adviser for three years or less. Wiegand will be honored at the NACADA annual conference in October in Atlanta.

Bender named to national list

Holly Bender, professor of veterinary pathology and associate director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, was named one of the 15 Most Influential Veterinarians in the country by, an organization that promotes careers in veterinary medicine. Bender was recognized for her part in developing Diagnostic Pathfinder, software that assists veterinarians in analyzing symptoms and data to reach a diagnosis, and for her efforts to improve teaching in higher education.

Hogberg receives portrait award

Maynard Hogberg, professor emeritus and former chair of the animal science department (2003-15) will receive the 2016 Portrait Award in November from the Saddle and Sirloin Club, Louisville, Kentucky. The award is one of the American livestock industry's highest honors, honoring individuals who have provided outstanding service and leadership to animal agriculture. Iowa State is seeking donations to fund the expenses of the portrait and to support student scholarships and judging team programs in the animal science department. 

Chamberlin named Fulbright Scholar

Dennis Chamberlin, associate professor in the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, was named a Fulbright Scholar and will teach at Ukrainian Catholic University in 2016-17 to help establish the school's master's program in documentary photography.

Advisers' presentation best in region

Academic advisers Kyle Holtman and Lisa Phillips (kinesiology) and Amber Kargol (food science and human nutrition) were voted “Best in Region” at the recent Region 6 Conference for the National Academic Advising Association for their presentation “Using Habit Theory to Influence Student Behavior.”  They will repeat their presentation at the annual NACADA Conference in October in Atlanta.


Iowa State University offers a wide array of high quality benefit plans from which to choose. These include comprehensive health and welfare insurance plans, a generous pension plan, and optional retirement savings opportunities. For more information, visit the Benefits page.


The Office of Diversity and Inclusion collaborates with units on campus to foster and sustain an environment of inclusiveness that empowers faculty, staff, and students to achieve their highest potential and have a clearer understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion and educational justice.  In support of the Iowa State University mission, the major changes sweeping the world are creating extraordinary opportunities for Iowa State to be at the forefront in addressing our common, global challenges.

Please visit the Diversity and Inclusion website for more information. 

Dual Career

Iowa State University is committed to recruiting and retaining the highest quality faculty and staff. We also recognize that our faculty and staff seek to combine a stimulating academic career with a satisfying personal life. The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost, in collaboration with colleges and departments, is dedicated to working with our new faculty and senior-level administrators to assist in their transition to the Ames area. Our Dual Career Resources help identify career options for the partners of new faculty and senior-level administrators.

For more information, please visit



Mission: Create, share, and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place.

Iowa State's focus has always been its students. The university emphasizes learning by doing. ISU students take advantage of many opportunities to engage in real-world class experiences and cutting-edge research, to study in other countries, and to test their leadership skills in 800-plus campus organizations. They are tomorrow's leaders and problem solvers and they're ready to get started. In addition to educating students, Iowa State faculty and staff are conducting basic and applied research to improve lives and sustain the planet. They are boosting crop production, protecting natural resources, perfecting biobased fuels, refining wind turbines, designing human and animal vaccines, improving firefighting gear, fighting Parkinson's disease, fostering economic growth and development, strengthening forensic science techniques, assessing the effects of media violence, devising defenses against cyber attacks, enhancing the quality of life through the arts and humanities, and educating the leaders of tomorrow. As a member of the Association of American Universities, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Iowa State is dedicated to conducting research and scholarship with local, national, and international impact.

As the land-grant institution in the very first state to adopt the Morrill Act, Iowa State University wholeheartedly supports the mission of sharing knowledge beyond the campus borders. It's no surprise that Iowa State pioneered the first statewide Extension Service in 1906. The extension experiment – universities actively transferring their research and expertise to every corner of every state – was immensely successful across America and remains so today. More than a million Iowans annually benefit directly from ISU Extension and Outreach programs.

As the world has gotten smaller, the scope of Iowa State's mission has increased. ISU faculty, staff, and students are dedicated to improving lives around the nation and the world. The Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence is helping to improve forensic evidence to create a more objective criminal justice system. The Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods helps support a longstanding program to help Ugandans improve farming, launch home businesses, keep children in school, and build food security. Through these activities and many others, Iowa State presses forward, on a mission to help make the world safe and sustainable for generations to come.

Vision: Iowa State University will lead the world in advancing the land-grant ideals of putting science, technology, and human creativity to work.

Iowa State University of Science and Technology lives up to its name in many ways. Half of its undergraduates major in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The campus is a hub of creative and entrepreneurial activity. ISU and the city of Ames are home to a national laboratory; five federal research labs; world-class programs in genomic-based agricultural breeding, health and biotechnology; renowned institutes in virtual reality, plant sciences and the bioeconomy; and the only university in Iowa with ROTC programs for all military services. The Iowa State University Research Park, which helps move discoveries to market, has launched numerous start-up companies, including some that are recognized worldwide for ingenuity and major contributions.

Iowa State University has the talent and the facilities to lead the urgent, global quest for solutions. Providing these solutions and preparing the next generation of leaders and problem solvers requires efforts from across campus. It is the combination of all of our academic colleges, units, and departments that create the community of scholars necessary for this work. This university is and always has been a community of practical, hard working problem-solvers. Major investments in new research and educational facilities and an outstanding tradition of cross-disciplinary research bring all of ISU’s colleges and departments together with global partners. Iowa State is dedicated to the belief that with hard work and innovation, future generations will have ample food and fuel, good health, and a safe, bountiful planet.

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