David W. Rodgers, Ph.D.
Professor & Associate Dean of the College of Science and Engineering
Born and raised in the Midwest, educated in Minnesota and California, and now settled in Idaho. Specialties are Structural Geology, Regional Tectonics, and more recently Administration.
Beyond work I backpack, ski, coach soccer, and take a few weeks off each year to vacation with my family. We travel extensively through the West and have a strong interest in visiting remote places.
- Ph.D., 1987, Stanford University
- B.A., 1981, Carleton College
- Joined Idaho State University Faculty in 1985
Since 2013, I've served as the ISU Site Leader for a large research program called MILES (Managing Idaho's Landscapes for Ecosystem Services). Funded by a five-year, $20M grant from NSF through their EPSCoR program, MILES involves 100+ participants at the three Idaho research universities. Faculty, post-docs, staff members, graduate students, and undergraduate students work collaboratively to study the past, present and future growth of mid-sized cities, especially in relation to ecosystem services such as water supply, water quality, flood control, and recreation. Our interdisciplinary research teams involve ecologists, hydrologists, sociologists, historians, geographers, political scientists, and others in order to better analyze the coupled human and natural systems in this environment. The ISU MILES project is described in more detail here, and the statewide MILES project is described here.
Since 2010, I've been Associate Dean in the ISU College of Science & Engineering. Comprising ten different disciplines, CoSE is a vibrant college characterized by quality education and significant research success. In this position, I facilitate the overall growth and improvement of the College on behalf of its 2200 students, 120 faculty, and 40 staff. Activities include student recruitment, advising, and appeals; Department Chair supervision, mentoring, and collaborative management; development and interpretation of college analytics; curriculum reform; implementation of Proactive Advising protocols; and oversight of several college programs.