Mark Brodl joined Illinois Wesleyan as Provost and Dean of the Faculty on July 17, 2017. He is the chief academic officer of the University, overseeing all academic departments in addition to The Ames Library, Athletics, and Information Technology.

In 2001, Dr. Brodl joined Trinity University, a private liberal arts college, as the George W. Brackenridge Distinguished Professor of Biology and remained active in teaching and research after taking on his administrative role in 2012. He has established a reputation for his work in support of student-faculty research, particularly work with an interdisciplinary focus.

Dr. Brodl has served a rotation as program director at the National Science Foundation and previously taught biology and chaired the Biology Department at Knox College. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Knox, a master’s in plant biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana and a Ph.D. in plant biology from Washington University in St. Louis. His research – consistently involving students – has focused on heat shock responses in plant secretory cells, which play pivotal roles in key, vulnerable steps in plant life cycles.


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