U-Idaho Professor Paul Joyce Tapped as Permanent Dean of the College of Science

Wednesday, January 9 2013


MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho has appointed Paul Joyce as dean of the College of Science. Joyce, a professor of mathematics, statistics and bioinformatics, has served as interim dean since June 2012.

“I am pleased Dr. Joyce has accepted this appointment as dean. Paul has long demonstrated leadership on our campus and will now have an opportunity to demonstrate his leadership skills for a very important college within the university,” said M. Duane Nellis, president of the University of Idaho.

The dean’s duties will include strengthening collaborative and participatory processes to develop integrative solutions, continuing to build strong relationships with stakeholders and donors, emphasizing the STEM disciplines at the University of Idaho, and working to help faculty be successful.

“Paul’s critical work in the successful IBEST Institute, as well as his service as a chair of Faculty Senate, has shown that he is a trusted and effective leader. He knows the university well, and I am confident that he will collaboratively build teaching, research, and outreach successes,” said Doug Baker, provost and executive vice president.

Joyce earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics at Montana State University and his doctoral degree in mathematics at the University of Utah. He did postdoctoral work at the University of Washington and the University of Southern California before being joining the U-Idaho faculty as an assistant professor in 1991. He was promoted to associate professor in 1994 and became a full professor in 2001.

He has served as the director of the graduate program in bioinformatics and computational biology. In addition, he also served as vice chair and chair of the Faculty Senate.

Currently, he is a principal investigator on a $1.2 million, multi-year grant from the National Institutes of Health, researching patterns of adaptive evolution. During his tenure, he has earned and worked as collaborative investigator on competitive grants totaling more than $25 million.

Joyce’s research interests include: statistics: probability and stochastic modeling, with an
emphasis on interdisciplinary research involving statistical inference in population genetics; molecular evolution; molecular ecology; systematic biology; molecular biology; and bioinformatics.

“Science students at the University of Idaho receive excellent preparation for exciting careers — we’re a research university, and as such, we have a world-class research faculty,” said Joyce. “As dean, I am committed to enhancing the role and visibility of the faculty, raising awareness for our research and outreach efforts and continuing to build and foster a culture of optimism, trust and innovation.”

He has received three Alumni Awards for Excellence, the Distinguished Faculty Award and the Donald Crawford Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award. He is an active member in the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the Society of Mathematical Biology, and served a one-year term as the chapter president of the American Statistical Association.
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