CANR names special advisor to assist with faculty affairs

Fisheries and wildlife faculty member will support culture and belonging for college reappointment, promotion, tenure and faculty development.

Kendra Spence Cheruvelil, Ph.D.

Kendra Spence Cheruvelil, Ph.D., was named special advisor for faculty affairs and belonging in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR). Her appointment was effective Sept. 1 and was announced by Quentin Tyler, Ph.D., acting associate dean for administration and faculty affairs. The position is a half-time appointment.

In this role, Cheruvelil will work on reappointment, promotion and tenure and faculty development in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion.

“Kendra is a leader who knows how to bring people together, she understands how to mentor teams and pass on skills,” Tyler said. “I appreciate her willingness to serve in the role, and help craft a longer-term vision for the leadership of matters pertaining to people and culture in the CANR.”

Cheruvelil is a professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and the Lyman Briggs College. She is co-director of the Data Intensive Landscape Limnology Lab, and she conducts big-data research on lakes to understand how global climate change and land use intensification affect lakes across regions and continents.

Cheruvelil previously served as associate dean of research and faculty affairs in the Lyman Briggs College. She was a fellow in the Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program, and co-authored the book chapter, “Professional Development of Women Leaders,” in the 2019 edited book, Women Leading Change in Academia.

She was recognized as a Research Exemplar for leading and managing her research program with professionalism and integrity, and is credited with co-establishing the discipline of landscape limnology and pushing the boundaries of interdisciplinary team science.

“I look forward to working with Quentin to advance CANR faculty,” Cheruvelil said. "This role provides me with an opportunity to give back to the college and help chart a strong and inclusive path forward."

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