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Dean, School of Public and Environmental Affairs Bloomington, IN

Indiana University Bloomington has selected Dr. Sian Mooney to serve as the Dean of the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, effective August 2019.  

Dr. Mooney comes to IU from Arizona State University, where she has served in progressively more complex leadership roles and currently serves as Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Programs and Initiatives at the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions and is a professor in its School of Public Affairs. Here, she directs graduate-degree programs, oversees curriculum, and facilitates the creation of new academic programs across Watts College, as well as coordinating international programs. Her work as an economist has focused on water use in the western U.S., climate change, and endangered species, securing more than $4 million in external grant funding to research the use of natural resources and the environment. She is particularly interested in the incentives scientists face to address complex problems as part of multidisciplinary teams and the role of science information in decision-making. Before going to Arizona State in 2015, Mooney previously held positions at Montana State University, University of Wyoming, Boise State University and the National Science Foundation.

Originally from the United Kingdom, Dr. Mooney received a Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from Oregon State University, an M.Sc. in agricultural economics and farm management from the University of Manitoba, Canada, and a B.Sc. with honors in agricultural economics from the University College of Wales-Aberystwyth. She has published nearly 100 articles, reports, and other manuscripts.

Gale Merseth led this search with Vijay Saraswat.


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