Daniel J. Robison

Daniel J. Robison

  • Dean
  • Endowed Dean’s Chair
  • Director for Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station
Daniel J. Robison is Dean and holder of the Endowed Dean’s Chair of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University. He is also director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station, and serves on the Boards of a number of agriculture related organizations.

Robison came to Iowa State from West Virginia University, where he served 2012-2019 as the dean of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. Before that, he served on the faculty and administration at North Carolina State University for 16 years. He has conducted research, taught, and trained graduate students in forest entomology and pest management, silviculture of natural hardwoods, biomass-bioenergy plantation systems, agroforestry and clonal forestry. His geographic experience includes two years in West Africa, and extended research, and education activities in Myanmar, Israel, South Africa, Ontario, Maine, New York, Wisconsin and North Carolina.

Robison earned a doctorate in entomology from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993. He earned a master’s degree in silviculture and forest influences in 1986 and a bachelor’s in forestry in 1982, both from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry-Syracuse. He was a Fellow of the American Council on Education 2007-2008 that included service at East Carolina University and University of Alaska-Fairbanks. He has received university level recognitions in teaching, public service, and diversity initiatives. A native of New Jersey, he and his wife Julie, a native of Wisconsin, have two grown daughters.


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138 Curtiss
513 Farm House Ln.
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About the Office of the Dean:

The college has 14 academic departments deeply engaged in teaching, research, extension, outreach, and service.  It has approximately 750 faculty and staff, and 5,000 students.  The college has a comprehensive curricular, discovery and engagement portfolio that makes it one of the most accomplished of its kind worldwide.  The outlook of the college is a reflection of the globally leading agricultural economy of Iowa, and its community and natural resource bases.  Activities include wide-ranging international engagement, integrated public-private partnerships, service-learning, action on diversity, and a thorough commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship.  Multiple college farms cover diverse agricultural systems on 17,000 acres.  There are satellite campuses in Uganda, US Virgin Islands, and Montana.  Its faculty ranks include internationally recognized scientists, educators, inventors and thought-leaders.

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