About Us

Mission Statement

The School of Biological Sciences advances the growing body of biological knowledge through synergistic programs in research, teaching, and service. Our faculty conducts basic and applied research to educate, mentor, and train successive generations of scientists and to command national and international recognition. Our active instruction in classrooms, laboratories, and field sites promotes a sophisticated understanding of biological principles and methodologies. Our professional service and outreach advance the biological sciences, disseminating knowledge widely, and applying it to relevant societal issues.

Current Director Search

The School of Biological Sciences at Illinois State University invites applications for the position of Director. The position is a 12-month, 5-year (renewable) term with a preferred starting date of July 1, 2020. The Director will provide academic and administrative leadership, manage and secure resources for the School, promote excellence in research and teaching, encourage pursuit of external funding, and foster a collegial atmosphere that supports our mission. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students and who can contribute to a climate of inclusivity are especially encouraged to apply. For application information go to:

Director of School of Biological Sciences Posting Details

Information Contact: John Kostelnick, Chair of the Search Committee. Email: jkostelnick@ilstu.edu

Administrative Contact: Sally Little. Email: salitt2@IllinoisState.edu

Student and faculty activities

Please check out the annual Alumni Newsletter from the School of Biological Sciences, which highlights achievements, awards, and activities by our current students and faculty. For the Newsletter covering 2018, as well as previous years, visit our Alumni News page .

Key Contacts in Our School

For General Information

Barbara Cox (Office Administrator)
Email: blreina@IllinoisState.edu

Director of the School

Dr. Craig Gatto
Email: cgatto@IllinoisState.edu

Associate Director

Dr. Rachel Bowden
Email: rmbowde@IllinoisState.edu

Assistant Chair for Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Wade Nichols
Email: wanichol@IllinoisState.edu

Assistant Chair for Graduate Studies

Dr. Ben Sadd
Email: bmsadd@IllinoisState.edu

Undergraduate Advisor - General Biology Studies and MCB

Raz Steward
Email: rlstew2@IllinoisState.edu

Undergraduate Advisor - Teacher Education

Margaret Parker
Email: meparke@IllinoisState.edu


School of Biological Sciences
Julian Hall 210
Campus Box 4120
Normal, IL 61790-4120

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