Joanna B. Olmsted

Joanna B. Olmsted

Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences

Joanna Olmsted is the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. She handles matters relating to nineteen departments and twelve programs covering the areas of humanities and the arts, social sciences and natural and physical sciences. With the Dean of the Faculty and others in the Deans’ Office, she is involved in the recruitment and review of faculty in tenure-track and non-tenure track positions, strategic and budget planning.

Dean Olmsted received a BA in Biology (1967, with honors) from Earlham College, a Ph.D. in Biology from Yale (1971) and was a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (1971-74). She joined the University of Rochester in 1975 as an Assistant Professor of Biology, becoming a Professor in 1987. She was appointed as Associate Dean of Faculty in 1995, and was the Dean of Faculty Development from 1998-2007. During 2005-06, she served as Interim Vice Provost and Dean of the Faculty.

Dean Olmsted's research interests as a cell biologist were the function and regulation of cellular organelles, with particular emphasis on cytoskeletal components. This research was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. She formerly served as a member of two editorial boards, as a Councilor of the American Society of Cell Biology, on the NIH Molecular Cytology Study Section, and chaired the NIH Cellular Basis for Disease Study Section.