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April 8, 2019

Chris Culbertson named College of Arts and Sciences associate dean for research

Submitted by Malorie Wagner

Following an internal search, the College of Arts and Sciences has named Chris Culbertson as the new associate dean for research.

Since 2002, Culbertson has served in K-State's Department of Chemistry as advisor and professor, and he has served on and led many committees, task forces, and initiatives during his time in the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2017, Culbertson co-founded Molecular Biosensing Diagnostics. He succeeds Kristan Corwin, who is now division chief of applied physics at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado. Culbertson has been the recipient of the Stamey Award for Undergraduate advising twice, and he holds the rank of professor of chemistry.

As associate dean for research, Culbertson will work as a partner with the dean to support and grow the college's research, scholarship, creative activities and discovery, or RSCAD, in its many forms. He will engage with faculty to foster interdisciplinary collaboration, promote the development of early career faculty, interface with the Office of Research Development, provide the dean with strategic planning and data analysis, and manage the college instructional fee programs and faculty enhancement program. Culbertson will represent the college on the Associate Deans for Research Council, serve as a liaison to the Graduate School, and coordinate with research compliance and safety offices. He also will oversee the planning of facility construction and repair.

Culbertson holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Harvard College, a second bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of West Florida, a doctoral degree in analytical chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.