Our vision is to create a School of Plant and Environmental Sciences within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences that will increase the visibility, opportunities, and impact of our learning, discovery, and engagement programs.
By capitalizing on the strengths of the Departments of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, Horticulture, and Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science, the college and school will make new investments to increase our capacity and tackle the many challenges in agriculture and food security, the green industry, plant biology, and the environment.
A new school:
- Creates academic programs tailored to preparing our students for rewarding and challenging careers in the plant and environmental sciences;
- Encourages and optimizes multi-disciplinary collaboration between faculty that will allow for increased research and funding opportunities;
- Establishes a core area of research for new facilities, including greenhouses and the Human and Agricultural Bioscience Building 2, which is part of the planned Human and Agricultural Bioscience Precinct;
- Forms a framework to allow strategic decision-making about hiring and resource allocation. It consolidates operations for greater use of resources, which reduces administrative burdens on faculty allowing them to focus on scholarly activities while still retaining current staff;
- Serves as a tenure home for faculty members in the three departments involved; and
- Aligns and empowers our faculty and staff so we can solve the grand challenges of the future.