Grover doing 'good things' in role of associate dean
James Grover has been involved in a variety of research projects during his 19 years at UT Arlington, but now he's getting a chance to play an even bigger role in the groundbreaking work being done in the College of Science.
Grover, a professor of biology who has been at UT Arlington since 1993, took over as associate dean of the College of Science on April 1, 2012. He has been heavily involved in improving the college's research profile and in providing support in securing funding for faculty and graduate students.
He replaced Krishnan Rajeshwar, who became the University's associate vice president for research. Asked why he volunteered to take on the additional workload, Grover responded in his usual humble fashion.
Many of his duties as associate dean are research-related, Grover said. He helps with strategic planning on ways to improve the research environment and support the accomplishments of faculty and students. He works with committees which select faculty members for research-based awards and which provide internal funds to support research. He also is involved with providing fellowship funds to support graduate students..
"I will have other roles in helping to make sure that our faculty has adequate research space and facilities, and in working on improvements and enhancements for the graduate curriculum," Grover said.
College of Science Dean Pamela Jansma said she was excited by the opportunity to work with Grover, who joins assistant deans Greg Hale and Ed Morton on the college's leadership team.
"Dr. Grover has been a very valuable part of our biology faculty for years in research, teaching and service," Jansma said. "He's a joy to work with and is an excellent mentor to his students. We're looking forward to working with him in his new role as associate dean to continue to enhance our research profile and find ways to increase funding for our faculty and graduate students."
Grover is also continuing with his own research, which involves algal ecology, microbial ecology, theoretical ecology, and water quality in lakes, rivers and reservoirs.
Grover has also long been involved in mentoring students and helping them establish solid foundations in research. In 2008, he helped establish a program aimed at improving undergraduate science education and encouraging biology and mathematics students to learn about the opposite discipline and conduct collaborative research.
The Undergraduate Training in Theoretical Ecology Research (UTTER) program is being funded by a five-year, $781,000 NSF grant. The funds provide two-year scholarships to students who take three courses designed to emphasize how mathematics and biology can work together to answer basic questions in ecology and epidemiology.