Dr. Amiel Jarstfer, Dean, School of Mathematics and Sciences
An experienced dean and educator, Dr. Amiel Jarfster came to LMU in Summer 2010 following a decade-long deanship at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. He had also served as the chief health professions advisor for the university since 1998. Prior to becoming dean in 2000, Jarsfter was the chair of the division of natural science. He had also served as assistant, associate and full professor of biology dating back to 1995.
Under Jarstfer's leadership, the School of Arts and Sciences at LeTourneau renovated four central computer labs and updated seating and interior design of an academic building. He was also instrumental in the planning, construction and opening of the Glaske Center for Engineering, Science and Technology at LeTourneau.
Prior to his service at LeTourneau, Jarstfer served as a senior biological scientist at the University of Florida. He also held the position of graduate fellow/assistant while earning his PhD in plant pathology there. He earned a bachelor of science degree in biology summa cum laude from Friends University. He earned a certificate in management and leadership in education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Jarstfer is a member of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. He earned a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship and was a Superior Acomplishment Award nominee at the University of Florida in 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993. Jarstfer was a Scholar of Merit at Le Tourneau from 1979-1981 and was named Who's Who of American College and University Teachers in 2000, 2002, 2005 and 2006.
Jarfster is the author of numerous book chapters and publications, and he holds three patents.