Jan Nerger, Dean of the College of Natural Sciences, Colorado State University

Janice L. Nerger, Ph.D., is dean of the College of Natural Sciences at Colorado State University, a professor of psychology, and passionate leader who strives to create a dynamic and positive environment for excellence in science education, research, and outreach.

Nerger is a strong advocate for diversity, particularly for women in science.  She is the co-founder of the Women in Natural Sciences organization at CSU and was also instrumental in co-founding the CSU STEM Center to address science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education at all educational levels.

Nerger received her doctorate in experimental psychology from the University of California-San Diego in 1988. Her research is focused on identifying neural mechanisms underlying human color perception. She came to CSU as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology in 1989 after two years as a post-doctoral research fellow at NASA Ames Research Center and SRI International. She was promoted to associate professor in 1995 and full professor in 2002. She served as associate dean of the college for six years. In 2009, she was named interim dean, and in 2010, Colorado State University Executive Vice President and Provost Rick Miranda appointed her full dean of the College of Natural Sciences.

Nerger is president elect of the College Council of Arts and Sciences, an organization that serves as a forum for the arts and sciences at a national policy making level. Locally, she was named a Colorado Woman of Vision and 2016 Dr. Joan King International Woman of Vision by the Colorado Women of Influence group, and she was appointed as a board member for the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, which promotes science literacy among the community’s school aged children. She is also a member of the Association for Public and Land-grant Universities, the National Professional Science Masters Association, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and the Optical Society of America. She has served on a number of college boards and University commissions including the College Executive Committee, the Faculty Council Committee on Strategic and Financial Planning, the Diversity Operations Team, the Council of Associate and Assistant Deans, the Presidential Coordinating Committee for Undergraduate Success, and the Senior Women’s Leadership Team. She also chairs the STEM-Ed Deans Council.

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