Following an extensive national search, Debra Feakes was appointed dean of the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences. In her role, which began July 1, 2018, Feakes oversees nearly 150 faculty from undergraduate and graduate programs in 16 departments, as well as the R.B. Annis School of Engineering.
Feakes, a tenured full professor, previously served as the associate chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Texas State University (San Marcos) and interim associate director of the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research. She has authored and co-authored numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, and received more than $3 million in grants/funding for several research projects and protocols, including from the National Science Foundation.
Feakes completed her undergraduate degree in mineral engineering chemistry at the Colorado School of Mines (1986) and a Doctor of Philosophy in chemistry from Utah State University (1991). Before entering the academic ranks, she served as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of California at Los Angeles. She is a recipient of many honors and awards for her commitment to undergraduate teaching and was named a 2016 Piper Professor and a 2017 Regents Teacher; and was named the 2015-2016 Presidential Fellow at Texas State University (San Marcos). Read More