After nine years as Dean of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, Murray Isman stepped down on September 30, 2014.
Under his leadership, the Faculty launched three new professional masters programs – Master of Food and Resource Economics, Master of Food Science and Master of Land and Water Systems – and the undergraduate program in Applied Biology. Undergraduate enrollment rose by 40% and the number of international students studying with our Faculty doubled. Isman also hired 14 new faculty members and helped to strengthen and promote staff morale through the development of employee programs and initiatives.
An internationally recognized scientist, he was recently one of ten new Fellows elected to the Entomological Society of America (ESA) for 2014. With almost 7000 members, the ESA is the largest professional organization of entomologists in the world. The election as a Fellow acknowledges outstanding contributions to entomology in one or more of the following: research, teaching, extension, or administration.
Isman will remain connected to the Faculty as a Professor and will continue his research in natural insecticides, insect toxicology and plant natural products, with particular emphasis on the development of botanical insecticides and antifeedants.