Meet Charles M. MacVean, PhD
What is your area of expertise and how do you use that knowledge with the students in your department?
My area of expertise is applied entomology, which includes understanding the role insects play in agricultural ecosystems, how they can be managed, how to take advantage of beneficial species, and how indigenous cultures utilize insects. I have taught courses in entomology and involved many students in my research. As dean, I use this experience broadly to support faculty in developing research with students, across our various fields of science, engineering, and technology.
What led you to higher education and what are you most passionate about?
I was initially driven to a career in higher education by a passion for research, and my first 15 years were spent in Central America and Mexico in research-intensive faculty positions. I also taught undergraduates and always believed fervently in the value of the hands-on research experience. I’ve developed my career in supporting both teaching and research in mostly undergraduate programs for the benefit of students’ capabilities and for faculty professional satisfaction.
What are your plans to build upon the Kinsley School of Engineering, Sciences and Technology?
The Kinsley School has wonderful and talented faculty who are committed to a hands-on, fully engaged experience with their students. I wish to build on the success of individual departments and faculty for increased interdisciplinary projects, new programs, and very importantly, to maintain a high degree of enthusiasm and dedication.
With the current pandemic, how has your school specifically pivoted to meet the needs of students?
I couldn’t be more proud of the responses my faculty have devised to deal with the pandemic. They are making remarkable use of the available resources and teaching methods to handle both remote and in-person teaching. They are keeping their students engaged and connected despite the odds. In addition to maintaining their usual effectiveness and rapport, they have become IT experts and Zoom wizards!