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Animal sciences professor named College of Agricultural and Life Sciences associate dean

Joel Brendemuhl.  Professor, Animal Sciences.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A professor and assistant chairman of the Department of Animal Sciences has been named associate dean of the University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

Joel Brendemuhl, with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences since 1985, began work in his new role July 14, said college Dean Elaine Turner.

Brendemuhl will provide leadership for admissions, enrollment, curricula and academic program assessment in the college, also known as CALS, Turner said.

“His experience as both an undergraduate and graduate coordinator, his effectiveness as a teacher and adviser and his commitment to serving our students were key factors in his selection for this role,” Turner said. “I anticipate that he will use his experience to assist in the continuous quality improvement of all of our academic programs.”

Brendemuhl replaces Ricky Telg, who recently was tapped to serve as director of the UF/IFAS Center for Public Issues Education.

Brendemuhl has taught numerous courses in his 29 years at UF/IFAS, ranging from the undergraduate class, Introduction to Animal Sciences to the graduate-level Advanced Methods in Nutrition Technology. Brendemuhl said he holds the teaching philosophy, “We learn by doing.”

He also has 32 refereed journal articles and more than 100 additional publications to his credit.

As he taught and conducted research, Brendemuhl also built administrative credentials: He was assistant chairman of animal sciences since 2000, graduate coordinator from 2003-11 and undergraduate coordinator since 2006.

“Administration and teaching require an attitude of service,” he wrote to the search committee. “My previous and current responsibilities hopefully have demonstrated that I’m someone who is servant-hearted.”

Brendemuhl said he hopes his experience in teaching and leadership roles will help him as associate dean.

Brendemuhl earned his bachelor’s degree in animal sciences and his master’s in non-ruminant nutrition, both at North Dakota State University. He earned his doctorate in swine nutrition at the University of Nebraska.

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By Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu

Sources: Elaine Turner, 352-392-1963, returner@ufl.edu

Joel Brendemuhl, 352-392-2186, brendj@ufl.edu

Cutline: Joel Brendemuhl, a UF/IFAS professor and assistant chairman of the animal sciences department, started this week in his new role as associate dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Credit: UF/IFAS file photo.