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Ruth Dyer

Senior vice provost for academic affairs

Ruth Dyer

Ruth Dyer serves as the senior vice provost for academic affairs. In this role, she coordinates activities and initiatives related to university academic policies and procedures, curricular and program development, and academic personnel. She also coordinates academic initiatives with the Kansas Board of Regents, such as new degree program proposals, collaborative programs with other regents' institutions, transfer and articulation processes, and distance education issues.

She has led a number of special institutional projects, such as the 2010 NCAA Certification Self-Study, the 2012 Campus Master Plan Update and the 2014 University Climate Survey project. She oversees the Dual Career Network Program and the K-State Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering office.

She served as K-State's interim provost and vice president for academic affairs from June 15, 2009, until the appointment of April Mason as K-State's provost and senior vice president in December 2009.

As a K-State associate provost from 2004-2009, Dyer oversaw K-State's offices of planning and analysis, assessment and summer school. She also coordinated the university's mentoring program for women and minorities in the sciences and engineering, and coordinated academic initiatives with the Kansas Board of Regents. Before being promoted to associate provost, Dyer served as assistant provost from 2000-2004.

Dyer also is a professor in K-State's department of electrical and computer engineering. She was promoted to full professor in 1997.

As an investigator for interdisciplinary university research projects, Dyer has been involved in numerous ongoing grants and proposals for engagement and outreach that have totaled almost $5 million. From 2000-2009, she also managed the expansion and maintenance of K-State's many technology classrooms.

She is a fellow of the IEEE, formerly known as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and has been a member since 1986. The grade of fellow recognizes unusual distinction in the profession and is conferred by the IEEE board of directors upon senior members who have demonstrated an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. She has served in a number of leadership roles in the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society, or IMS, and currently is the executive vice president of the society. In 2011, she received the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society's Distinguished Service Award.

In 2013, she was selected for induction into the University of Kentucky's College of Engineering Hall of Distinction, and she currently serves on the University of Kentucky Engineering Dean's Advisory Council. Dyer also was one of seven individuals from across the nation to be named a fellow of the Association of Women in Sciences in 2006. She was an American Council on Education, or ACE, fellow in 2003-2004 and served during that year at Ohio State University.

Dyer earned her doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1980. Her bachelor's and master's degrees in biochemistry are from K-State. She joined K-State in 1983.

Dyer can be contacted at 785-532-4041 or rdyer@k-state.edu.