Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences, Wright State University
Dissertation: Activity of the c-Myc replicator at an ectopic chromosomal location
B.Sc. Biological Sciences, University of Windsor
Honours Thesis: Mitochondrial DNA Mapping of Acipenser fulvescens
Harvard Business Analytics Certificate (2021)
Research Fellow, Eli Lilly and Co., Cancer Research Division
Summary of Administrative Positions
Indiana University East: 2016–Present
Interim Chancellor: July 1, 2022 - present
Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Deputy Chancellor: August 2021-June 2022
Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs: 2016 – August 2021
Minnesota State University Moorhead: 2006–2015
Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs: July 2014 – May 2015
Dean of the College of Science, Health, and the Environment: 2009-2014 and 2015-2016
Chair, Department of Biosciences: 2006-2009
Oversaw a successful 10-year Higher Learning Commission accreditation process.
Supported School of Business and Economics in obtaining initial accreditation with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Oversaw the implementation of over 30 collaborative online undergraduate and graduate programs and certificates.
Furthered partnerships with regional high schools in administering College Now program (dual credit).
Created new administrative position focused on student success and centralized academic advising.
Hired three academic deans.
Championed a faculty professional development program to increase number of online courses certified by Quality Matters.
Established new faculty hiring protocols for academic schools.
Developed new budgetary planning documents for academic affairs.
Coordinated the successful submission of $500,000 grant from MN Dept of Natural Resources to support a collaborative conservation project.
Developed a faculty externship program in collaboration with the Fargo-Moorhead Economic Development Cooperation.
Obtained a $100,000 donation to support public outreach activities.
Finalized the terms of a ~ $1.4 million dollar endowment supporting undergraduate research.
Supported successful applications of two CASE Professors (one at the national level).
Indiana University East: 2016-present
Served as Deputy Chancellor for 1 year in Chancellor’s absence.
Provided leadership and oversight of all academic and student affairs priorities and budget.
Led and provide budgetary oversight for all academic and student support programs and offices.
Provide academic leadership for IU East in administering collaborative online programs through the IU Office of Online Education.
Provide oversight for enrollment management and institutional effectiveness.
Represent the institution at community and university events.
Collaborated with Faculty Senate representatives in development of emergency policies in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Guided decision making on disbursement and use of HEERF funding.
Direct reports: Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Engagement, Dean of Students, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Director of Financial Aid, Executive Director of Admissions, Registrar, five academic deans and Library Director.
Member of Regional Chancellor’s Cabinet, Chancellor’s Cabinet, Chancellor’s Board of Advisors, IU East Diversity Council, IU East Emergency Management Committee, and ex-officio member of IU East Faculty Senate.
Member of Academic Leadership Council ,the Council for Regional Campus Excellence in the Office of the Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs.
Ex officio member of University Faculty Affairs, representing regional campus administration.
Member of the Scientific Leadership Team for Indiana University’s Addictions Grand Challenge.
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, July 2014 – May 2015
Provided leadership and oversight of the academic priorities of the institution, including curricular approval and budget allocation.
Member of President’s Senior Executive Team consisting of the Chief Financial Officer, VP for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Chief Diversity Officer, Chief Information Officer, Executive Director for Marketing and Communications, and Chief Human Resources Officer.
Serve as Chief Executive Officer in President’s absence.
Provide leadership in collaboration with CFO and CSAO, related to enrollment management and resource allocation (including student retention and persistence).
Provide leadership for Academic Affairs Council of Deans.
Implement and facilitate locally, the provisions of the Inter-Faculty organization agreement, and respond to grievances. Coordinate with Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs on facilitating the provisions of the Minnesota State University Association of Administrative and Service Faculty.
Direct reports: Interim Vice President for Academic Planning, Chief Information Officer, five academic deans, Executive Director of the Library, Director of Institutional Effectiveness.
Participate in Minnesota State College and University system-wide planning and operations in cooperation with the Chancellor’s Office, other Vice Presidents and employee bargaining units.
Represent the university in public settings and meetings.
Serve as MSUM’s Commissioner for Tri-College.
Institutional Liaison for the Higher Learning Commission.
Dean: College of Science, Health, and the Environment, 2013-2014, 2015-2016 (Formerly: College of Social and Natural Sciences, 2009-2013)
Provided academic leadership and coordination of twelve departments/disciplinary areas, Regional Science Center and Planetarium.
Provide oversight of budget allocation for college.
Supervision and evaluation of faculty and staff (collective bargaining: IFO, MSUAASF, AFSCME, MAPE).
Oversight of two federal compliance committees (Institutional Animal Care and Radiation Safety).
Coordination of an academic program offered on a 2-year campus in partnership with their administration and faculty.
Oversight of college outreach activities.
Coordinate targeted fundraising efforts in college.
Involved in student recruitment
Member of President’s Cabinet.
Member of a variety of campus committees and statewide committees such as MnSCU Salary Review Committee and Transfer Oversight Committee.
Chair and member of various search committees for administrative positions, academic committees and task force groups, including co-chair of campus curriculum committee.
Involved in facilitation/coordination of our campus relationships with faculty union leadership.
Fundraising and public outreach.
Chair advisory board for pre-professional advising (pre-med, etc.)
Educational LEAN facilitator.
Chairperson, Department of Biosciences, 2006-2009
Provided budgetary oversight, helping reverse a trend of budget deficits.
Worked with the Faculty Association to develop departmental policies and procedures regarding departmental review of faculty, and tenure and promotion recommendations.
Developed a scholarship review/oversight process for departmental scholarships.
Revised curriculum and ensured all faculty were current on advising guidelines.
Involved in preparation of MSUM’s self-study for Higher Learning Commission accreditation (2007). Co-chair of team focused on Student Learning and Effective Teaching
Indiana University East
Professor, Biology Department, 2016-present
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Professor, Biosciences Department, 2009-present.
Associate Professor, Biosciences Department. 2005-2009.
Assistant Professor, Biosciences Department, 2001-2005.
University of Central Arkansas
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, 2000-2001
Professional Development and Leadership
Harvard Business Analytics Certificate (2021)
Disney Institute Business Excellence day-long workshop (2019)
Indiana University Executive Leadership Institute (2017-2018)
IU East SafeZone (LGBTQ+) Level I and II training (2018)
Higher Learning Commission Peer Review Chair Training (2021-present)
Higher Learning Commission Peer Review Corps (2015 – present)
MnSCU Luoma Leadership Academy (2012-2013)
National Incident Management Training (100 and 700)
Campuses Against Racism (TOCAR) Training Levels I and II.
Wayne County Chamber of Commerce (2017 – present)
ACE Women’s Network of Indiana (2020 – present)
American Association of State Colleges and Universities (2014- present)
Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Chamber of Commerce (2013-2016)
Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (2009-2014)
American Association for the Advancement of Science (2002-2014)
National Science Teacher Association (2009-2013)
National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (2009-2014)
North Dakota Fraternal Order of Police (2004-2008)
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2006-2009)
Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society (2002-present)
American Society for Cell Biology (2002-2006)
American Association for Cancer Research (1998-2003)
Outreach and Community Service
Girls, Inc (2022 – present)
Forward Wayne County (2020-present)
Liberty Acres United Rescue Animal Sanctuary, Richmond, IN (2019 – 2022)
Center City Development Committee, Richmond, IN (2017-2019)
Inspire Innovation Lab - Board member (2013 - 2015)
Rescue a Golden of Minnesota- RAGOM (2005 – present)
Great Plains Girls STEM Collaborative (2013 - 2015)
Affinity Plus Credit Union – Supervisory Committee (2011- 2014)
Fargo Forum Readers Board (2010 – 2011)
MentorNet Mentor (Science mentoring for women, 2006-2012)
Cass County Emergency Services Unit Deputy, Member of ND Peace Officer’s Association (2004-2008)
Red Cross Disaster Action Team Volunteer (2002-2004)
Funded Grant Proposals
Increasing Participation of Underserved Populations of STEM Disciplines: Innovative Teaching Strategies and Collaboration between 2-year and 4-years Institutions. Co-PI. MnSCU Center for Teaching and Learning. $30,000.00
MRI Acquisition of Molecular Biology Laboratory Instruments: The Tree of Life Branches Out to MSUM. Co-PI. NSF-MRI. $21,893.00.
Teaching Science with Minnows and Liverworts: Integration of Faculty Research and Science Education. Co-PI. NDF-CCLI. $148,000.00
The Liverwort Tree of Life Branches out to MSUM. Co-PI. MSUM Faculty Research Grant. $1,176.00
Developing the Use of DRAGONfly DNA into Hands-On Learning Experiences about Broad-Based Scientific Issues. PI. MSUM Dille Fund for Excellence. $1,960.00
The Cross-Disciplinary Nature of Genetic Research in Biology: Research Application to Support the Use o the Beckman-Coulter CEQ 8000.00. PI. MSUM Faculty Research Grant. $2,284.00.
Putting Science in the Middle: Cellular and Molecular Biology Content and Pedagogy for Grades 5-9. Co-PI. Minnesota Higher Education Services Office. $31,598.00.
Molecular Ecology: Harmonizing Emphases in Biotechnology and Field Biology. Co-PI. MnSCU Center for Teaching and Learning. $4959.00.
Fuselier, L., Bougary, A., and Malott, M. From trace evidence to bioinformatics: putting bryophytes into molecular biology education. Accepted for publication January 2012. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education.
Wisenden, B., Alemadi, S., Dye, T., Geray, K., Hendrickson, J., Rud, C., Jensen, M., Sonstegard, G., and Malott, M. 2009. Effects of nest substrate on egg deposition and incubation conditions in a natural population of fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas). Canadian Journal of Zoology.
Wallert, M., Brisch, E., Chastain, C., Malott, M., and Provost, J. 2004. Implementing the Recommended Curriculum in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at a Regional Comprehensive University through a Biology/Chemistry Double Major. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education.
Liu, G., Malott, M.L., and M. Leffak. 2003. Multiple Functional Elements Comprise a Mammalian Chromosomal Replicator. Molecular and Cellular Biology.
Benton, M.J., Malott, M.L., Trybula, J., Dean, D.M. and S.I. Guttman. 2001. Genetic Effects of Mercury Contamination on Aquatic Snail Populations: Allozyme Genotypes and DNA Strand Breakage. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.
Malott, M. and M. Leffak. 1999. Activity of the c-myc Replicator at an Ectopic Chromosomal Location. Molecular and Cellular Biology.
Rein, T., Kabayashi, T., Malott, M., Leffak, M. and M. Depamphilis. 1999. DNA Methylation at Mammalian Replication Origins. The Journal of Biological Chemistry.
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