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Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Priniciple’s of Community .

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.



Honors and awards

Jolly, Marcketti receive centennial honors

Dean of Human Sciences Laura Dunn Jolly and professor Sara Marcketti, apparel, events and hospitality management department and interim director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, were among the "100 Centennial Honorees" recognized by the University of Georgia's College of Family and Consumer Sciences this month at a college centennial celebration. The honor recognizes individuals whose "conviction and commitment to the ideals of the college, and through vision and hard work have been instrumental in advancing the college's ability to serve students and enrich lives." Marcketti is an alumna of the college; Jolly is a former dean.

Leslie named AIA fellow

Thomas Leslie, Morrill Professor of architecture and internationally renowned expert on architectural history and practice, was named a fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He received this recognition for his research and education -- particularly on Chicago skyscrapers, Italian architect Pier Luigi Nervi, American architect Louis Kahn and post-war design for aviation. Leslie is the Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture and director of graduate education for the College of Design's architecture department. 

Iowa State receives NAACP award

Iowa State received the "Continuing the Legacy of Change" award at the Ames Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet on Feb. 1. The university was a platinum sponsor of the event. The Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business was a silver sponsor; the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the athletics department served as bronze sponsors. At least 14 other departments or units also supported the event.

Reicks Licht honored by National Women in Agriculture Organization

Melea Reicks Licht, director of alumni relations for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, received the 2018 Spirit of Ruth Award from the Sigma Alpha professional agricultural sorority. The national award recognizes Sigma Alpha alumnae for active involvement, leadership and commitment to the field of agriculture.

Olds receives service award

June Olds, clinical assistant professor in veterinary clinical sciences, received the Presidential Service Award from the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.

Phi Theta Kappa recognizes Iowa State for its support of community college transfer students

For the third consecutive year, Iowa State has been selected as a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s Transfer Honor Roll, recognizing excellence in recruitment and success in community college transfer pathway development. ISU is one of 112 institutions to receive the honor. Schools will be recognized at Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention April 19-21 in Kansas City.

Young, Alcívar-Zúñiga and IMPAACT receive Advancing One Community Awards

The 2018 recipients of the Advancing One Community Awards are Michael Young, assistant professor, mathematics; Maria Alcívar-Zúñiga, doctoral student in human development and family studies; and IMPAACT, ISU Making Progress for the Asian American Community Today. Since 2006, Iowa State has honored students, groups and faculty or staff members who demonstrate a commitment to the principles and goals of Martin Luther King Jr. to create an inclusive multicultural community, and to reduce injustice and inequity at Iowa State. 

Mu recognized for award-winning curriculum

Aili Mu, associate professor in world languages and cultures, received the Franklin R. Buchanan Prize for Curricular Materials from the Association for Asian Studies. Mu was recognized for her recent book, "Contemporary Chinese Short-Short Stories: A Parallel Text."

Olson receives best paper award

Eric Olson, assistant professor in apparel, events and hospitality management, received the best paper award at the International Conference on Events. His paper is titled "The role of social influence on an expo attendee behavior utilizing video tracking." 

Marcketti named Fellow of Costume Society of America

Sara Marcketti, professor in apparel, merchandising and design and interim director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, has been named a Fellow Award winner by the Costume Society of America (CSA) for her outstanding leadership and contributions to the field of costume. This is the highest honor bestowed by CSA. 

Roth receives public policy award

Dr. James Roth, Clarence Hartley Covault Distinguished Professor (veterinary microbiology and preventive medicine), is the recipient of the  2018 Senator John Melcher, DVM Leadership in Public Policy Award, presented by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. The award recognizes leadership in public policy that advances veterinary medical education and in advocating for veterinary medical education on a national and international scale.

De León honored as advisor of the year by SHPE

Eliseo De León, an adjunct assistant professor of food science and human nutrition, was honored with the 2017 Advisor of the Year STAR award by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at the organization's national conference in November. The award recognizers contributors to the society's mission to “change lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development.”

Rico-Gutierrez named senior fellow

Luis Rico-Gutierrez, dean of the College of Design and professor of architecture, was named a senior fellow of the Design Futures Council, a global network of design professionals in design, architecture, engineering and building technology. Granted annually, the senior fellow designation recognizes "clear, acknowledged and measurable contribution to the betterment of the A/E/C (architecture, engineering and construction) industry over the past decade."

Archontoulis selected for innovator award

Assistant professor of agronomy Sotirios Archontoulis is one of eight scientists nationwide to receive the New Innovator Award from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, a nonprofit established by Congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill. He will lead a team of scientists focusing on water and how it interacts with crops and soil.

Seo selected for leadership fellows program

Hilary Seo, associate dean for curation services and associate professor in the University Library, has been selected for the 2018-19 class of the Association of Research Libraries' Leadership Fellows program. The 30 individuals represent research libraries in the United States and Canada. Activities run from February 2018 to April 2019.

Rajala wins national IEEE accreditation award

Sarah Rajala, dean of the College of Engineering, is the 2017 national recipient of the Meritorious Achievement Award in Accreditation Activities from the Educational Activities Board of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. This award provides recognition for efforts to foster the maintenance and improvement of education through the process of accreditation of engineering, engineering technology, computer science and applied science programs.


Iowa State University offers a wide array of high quality benefit plans from which to choose. These include comprehensive health and welfare insurance plans, a generous pension plan, and optional retirement savings opportunities. For more information, visit the Benefits page.


The Office of Diversity and Inclusion collaborates with units on campus to foster and sustain an environment of inclusiveness that empowers faculty, staff, and students to achieve their highest potential and have a clearer understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion and educational justice.  In support of the Iowa State University mission, the major changes sweeping the world are creating extraordinary opportunities for Iowa State to be at the forefront in addressing our common, global challenges.

Please visit the Diversity and Inclusion website for more information. 

Dual Career

Iowa State University is committed to recruiting and retaining the highest quality faculty and staff. We also recognize that our faculty and staff seek to combine a stimulating academic career with a satisfying personal life. The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost, in collaboration with colleges and departments, is dedicated to working with our new faculty and senior-level administrators to assist in their transition to the Ames area. Our Dual Career Resources help identify career options for the partners of new faculty and senior-level administrators.

For more information, please visit



Mission: Create, share, and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place.

Iowa State's focus has always been its students. The university emphasizes learning by doing. ISU students take advantage of many opportunities to engage in real-world class experiences and cutting-edge research, to study in other countries, and to test their leadership skills in 800-plus campus organizations. They are tomorrow's leaders and problem solvers and they're ready to get started. In addition to educating students, Iowa State faculty and staff are conducting basic and applied research to improve lives and sustain the planet. They are boosting crop production, protecting natural resources, perfecting biobased fuels, refining wind turbines, designing human and animal vaccines, improving firefighting gear, fighting Parkinson's disease, fostering economic growth and development, strengthening forensic science techniques, assessing the effects of media violence, devising defenses against cyber attacks, enhancing the quality of life through the arts and humanities, and educating the leaders of tomorrow. As a member of the Association of American Universities, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Iowa State is dedicated to conducting research and scholarship with local, national, and international impact.

As the land-grant institution in the very first state to adopt the Morrill Act, Iowa State University wholeheartedly supports the mission of sharing knowledge beyond the campus borders. It's no surprise that Iowa State pioneered the first statewide Extension Service in 1906. The extension experiment – universities actively transferring their research and expertise to every corner of every state – was immensely successful across America and remains so today. More than a million Iowans annually benefit directly from ISU Extension and Outreach programs.

As the world has gotten smaller, the scope of Iowa State's mission has increased. ISU faculty, staff, and students are dedicated to improving lives around the nation and the world. The Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence is helping to improve forensic evidence to create a more objective criminal justice system. The Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods helps support a longstanding program to help Ugandans improve farming, launch home businesses, keep children in school, and build food security. Through these activities and many others, Iowa State presses forward, on a mission to help make the world safe and sustainable for generations to come.

Vision: Iowa State University will lead the world in advancing the land-grant ideals of putting science, technology, and human creativity to work.

Iowa State University of Science and Technology lives up to its name in many ways. Half of its undergraduates major in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The campus is a hub of creative and entrepreneurial activity. ISU and the city of Ames are home to a national laboratory; five federal research labs; world-class programs in genomic-based agricultural breeding, health and biotechnology; renowned institutes in virtual reality, plant sciences and the bioeconomy; and the only university in Iowa with ROTC programs for all military services. The Iowa State University Research Park, which helps move discoveries to market, has launched numerous start-up companies, including some that are recognized worldwide for ingenuity and major contributions.

Iowa State University has the talent and the facilities to lead the urgent, global quest for solutions. Providing these solutions and preparing the next generation of leaders and problem solvers requires efforts from across campus. It is the combination of all of our academic colleges, units, and departments that create the community of scholars necessary for this work. This university is and always has been a community of practical, hard working problem-solvers. Major investments in new research and educational facilities and an outstanding tradition of cross-disciplinary research bring all of ISU’s colleges and departments together with global partners. Iowa State is dedicated to the belief that with hard work and innovation, future generations will have ample food and fuel, good health, and a safe, bountiful planet.

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