Welcome to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences! Our name reflects our commitment to the lives of Idaho’s citizens and one of its most important industries, agriculture. I enjoy watching our students prepare themselves for futures in dynamic careers.
Our faculty members work in many areas, from human health research funded by the National Institutes of Health to food product development and textiles. Our faculty members win awards for their teaching in dairy science, microbiology and many other disciplines.
Students benefit from our faculty members’ expertise as teachers and researchers. Students in our college find opportunities to work with researchers in the field and in laboratories. Nearly half of the college’s faculty members work in communities throughout the state for University of Idaho Extension. They offer research-based information to help agricultural producers, home gardeners and consumers.
I invite you to explore the college’s many and diverse units. Find the knowledge you need to live better today. Or pick an educational path to prepare for your future career.
Dean, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Dr. John Foltz joined the University of Idaho in 1991. He has been Associate Dean and Director of Academic Programs for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences since 2004. Prior to his appointment as Associate Dean, Dr. Foltz served as a Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, with an area of expertise in Agribusiness Management.
Foltz is an award-winning teacher and advisor, having received his College’s Outstanding Advising award, and the University of Idaho award for teaching excellence. He is also a 10 time recipient of the University of Idaho’s Faculty Excellence Award, chosen by award recipient students as their most influential faculty member. He co-writes a bi-monthly management column for the magazine Feed and Grain and is a member of the Farm Foundation Agribusiness Roundtable whose membership includes CEOS and top executives in “Fortune 500” companies serving American agriculture and agribusiness. Foltz received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Ohio State University and his Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Purdue University.
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