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College of Arts and Sciences


Dean Paula M. Lutz, professor of zoology and physiology, arrived at the University of Wyoming (UW) in July 2013. She holds a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from Duke University; her major research interest is in immunotoxicology. She came to UW from Montana State University, where she was dean of the College of Letters and Sciences and professor of cell biology and neuroscience. She began her academic career at the University of Missouri-Rolla (UMR; now University of Sciences and Technology). She spent 20 years on the faculty there in biological sciences, winning more than a dozen outstanding teaching and faculty excellence awards. She was P.I. on a series of NIH ROI grants over a 15-year period; these collaborative, interdisciplinary projects focused on investigating the effects of lead of children's immune systems.

Paula's administrative career at UMR included serving as associate dean for Graduate Affairs and Research, chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, and then dean of the CAS (UMR's first female dean). Acting upon her longstanding interest in encouraging diversity in STEM disciplines, she helped to create a Women's Leadership Institute, taught "Women as Global Leaders" in the residential college there, and helped to found UMR's Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) program. As dean at Montana State, Paula maintained her interest in mentoring by serving on the MSU ADVANCE grant advisory committee, established the New Faculty Forum for first- and second-year faculty members, and helped to create Developing Excellence in Academic Leaders (DEAL), a new leadership program.

While at MSU, Paula actively supported recruitment and retention of Native American students, chairing the Native American Advisory Board (NAEAB), which created "Native Pathways," a new orientation session focused on Native American students and their families. She served as the P.I. on the $14.9 M NIH C06 construction grant to renovate MSU's Cooley Labs for biomedical research, and she served as P.I. of MSU's NIH "Brideges to the Baccalaureate" grant, which encourages students at Tribal Colleges to pursue four-year degrees in biomedical fields. She has been a member of the Board of the National Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, and, in summer, 2012, led a New Deans Seminar, in which she facilitated conversations on implicit bias.

Paula is married to Len Lutz (Engineering and Applied Sciences Center for Student Services). They are the parents of two daughters Lauren and Alyson, as well as four "furry" children (three cats and a dog.

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