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COSAM’s Alumni Professor Becomes New Associate Dean

Published: 04/09/2019

By: Maria Gebhardt

With each new season, nature continues to grow and develop. At the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM), a transition in Associate Deans in taking place.

Dr. Robert Boyd, Alumni Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, teacher of biology courses, including plant ecology, is embarking upon a new journey as COSAM’s new Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Just like the ever-changing plants he teaches about, Dr. Boyd is evolving his three decades of teaching into an expanded plan of giving back to the students.

“Becoming the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs truly is the pinnacle of my career,” Dr. Boyd explained. “I have sincerely enjoyed my long-term teaching efforts and now am ready to focus on creating a richer student experience throughout this college for thousands of future scientists, mathematicians, and leaders.”

Robert S. Boyd

After graduating from the University of California, Davis, Dr. Boyd started his career at Auburn University teaching courses ranging from freshman biology to a graduate course in Plant-Animal Interactions. He has received numerous awards and accolades at COSAM, including the prestigious Auburn University Gerald and Emily Leischuck Endowed Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching.

In 2012, he was recognized on-field during a football game by the Auburn Alumni Association with the Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award.

He shared the recognition with his middle daughter and her husband who flew in from Texas to share this special memory. 

In addition to his expertise in an array of subjects he teaches, Dr. Boyd has experience developing program assessments and is working with the Office of University Writing to help students improve their writing skills. He has actively participated in projects with colleagues from the Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning, and the Office of Academic Assessment, and plans on bringing that experience to new duties as Associate Dean.

Dr. Boyd is extremely proud of his work with student groups, including the Society for Conservation Biology. This team of dedicated students embodies the love of nature that Dr. Boyd displays in everything he does. The group conducts a variety of field trips exploring nature via canoes and into complex caves, and helps to welcome students each year with an interactive and engaging open house. 

As COSAM’s new Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Boyd is excited to seamlessly transition his position to meet the challenges of this leadership position. He is also looking forward to forming new partnerships and building new opportunities for students and faculty. 

“Bob Boyd has a wealth of hands-on experience teaching students and working with colleges throughout this university,” said Dean Nicholas J. Giordano. “His expertise will help COSAM elevate the student experience and create meaningful opportunities for student enrichment.”

Just as nature is preparing for its next phase, this seasoned biologist is planning to help shape COSAM’s path for the future in new growth and development.

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