The Opportunity

Iowa State University, a place where adventurous minds are encouraged to accomplish amazing things, is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 30,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff. Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment–diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, these values are translated into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community. A culturally diverse student body with students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries converge on one of the nation’s most beautiful campuses. Big 12 Conference sports and a tradition of international cultural performances make campus life an adventure to remember. Iowa State is located in Ames, a community of 67,000 ranked as the number one “Best College Town in America” by and among the top 10 best places to live in America.

The Position

Role of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Iowa State University

Reporting to the president, the vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion serves as the university’s chief diversity officer and advises senior leadership about strategic diversity planning and implementation efforts that advance Iowa State’s mission and vision. The vice president collaborates with key university stakeholders to enhance the coordination of current cultural and educational programs that increase awareness, appreciation, and engagement for diversity and inclusion for students, staff, and faculty. In addition, the vice president develops initiatives to increase institutional diversity of faculty, staff, and students through recruitment, retention, and development of underrepresented populations; and serves as an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion within the university, and the community.

History of the Position

The position was established following a recommendation from a diversity audit in May, 2014. Reginald Stewart was hired to fill the role in December, 2015 and resigned during the summer of 2021 to accept a position at another institution.

Opportunities and Challenges of the Role

President Wintersteen brings a deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion to her role and is personally engaged in activities that support Iowa State’s diversity goals. The president and the university’s senior leadership meet with the VPDEI every Friday morning to proactively address DEI issues on campus. She works closely with key legislators to educate them on the university’s initiatives and priorities, and the importance of an inclusive campus environment.

The university is working with the state government to clarify the specifics of Iowa House file 802 that was passed in early August and the implications for academic and non-academic programs at the university. The act establishes specific requirements related to racism and sexism trainings conducted at, and diversity and inclusion efforts by, state governmental entities, including Iowa’s public postsecondary educational institutions. The provost’s office has posted a helpful FAQ related to the act:—requirements-related-to-racism-and-sexism-trainings

Iowa State is a highly decentralized institution. It will be essential for the VPDEI to build collegial relationships and work collaboratively across campus, diligently engaging deans, department chairs, directors, and other institutional leaders in dialogue about how to better support underrepresented populations as they become active and engaged members of the university community.

Additional priorities, challenges, and opportunities for the vice president include:

  • The VPDEI must continue to develop mechanisms to assess and evaluate programs, services and campus climate. Data should be utilized to establish future goals, improvement opportunities, and strategic plans that will keep the university moving toward its commitment to diversity and inclusion. There is a general understanding that effecting measurable change in the environment on campus is a long-term endeavor.
  • While many departments and offices on campus are doing outstanding work and are highly committed to diversity efforts, these initiatives could be better coordinated and leveraged more effectively. It is hoped that the VPDEI will help bring units together to discuss diversity efforts and, more importantly, share ideas and resources to develop a more comprehensive and collaborative approach to supporting diversity and inclusion at Iowa State.
  • The VPDEI will establish a “best practices” environment in which dialogue about diversity is normalized, and help create an atmosphere in which it is safe to explore concepts such as inclusion, privilege, bias, inequity, institutional and social racism, gender and gender identity, religious diversity and faith journeys, microaggression, personal stories, and other experiences with diversity. The vice president will also help diminish reluctance of speaking openly, on both personal and institutional levels, about diversity, and move the university’s commitment to diversity to deeper and more meaningful levels.
  • The VPDEI will balance internal-facing responsibilities with external-facing responsibilities of the position. It is critical to maintain a visible and active presence on campus, directly serving students and supporting the university’s institutional priorities and values directed at building and supporting a diverse community. The vice president must also regularly connect with key stakeholders and take a leadership role in Ames, and identify opportunities to leverage relationships available through the diverse communities in Des Moines, the state capital of Iowa, which is located approximately 35 miles from the university. The previous vice president was very successful at creating local partnerships and working with the local community to advance diversity initiatives.

Measures of Success

The vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion will work with President Wintersteen and the campus community to determine specific measures of success and their respective timetables. The search committee offers the following general metrics for the position:

  • collaborative relationships and a shared understanding of accountabilities for DEI commitments have been established with key partners and constituencies across campus;
  • a comprehensive diversity, equity, and inclusion framework has been adopted and an accompanying strategic and implementation plan is created;
  • there is increased awareness among the campus community of the division of DEI’s services and the many ways the office supports the university and its constituencies;
  • an intersectional and broad understanding of DEI is evident throughout the university community; and
  • positive relationships and a shared identity, common purpose, and positive team culture have been established within the division.


Qualifications and Characteristics

A master’s degree and 10 years of related experience are required. An earned doctorate and experience in strategic planning for diversity and inclusion and the creation, implementation, and assessment of diversity and inclusion programs are preferred. The successful candidate will have an open, transparent leadership style; superior interpersonal skills; excellent organizational skills; knowledge of the culture of higher education and the unique needs of students, faculty, staff and administrators as it relates to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and respect for and understanding of shared governance within a decentralized institution.

Additionally, the following characteristics and attributes were identified by various stakeholders when considering the vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion position:

  • an enthusiastic leader who can fuel a passion for diversity, equity and inclusion on campus;
  • experience collaboratively developing and implementing a shared strategic vision across a complex and decentralized institution to drive organizational change;
  • an ability to guide the development and implementation of an overarching plan for diversity and inclusion, establishing metrics, measuring progress, promoting accountability, and ensuring continuous improvement;
  • a keen understanding of the emerging and historical issues around diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education and an ability to help others understand these perspectives;
  • an awareness of and sensitivity to the obstacles and challenges faced by underrepresented students, staff, and faculty recruited to a predominantly white institution;
  • a high degree of personal energy and passion for all facets of one’s work—including hands-on service delivery, strategic planning, organizational development, and support of systematic change;
  • be regarded as readily approachable, sociable, and visible—someone to whom all community members can turn with confidence to seek support;
  • a supervisory record that demonstrates collaborative strengths with coaching and mentoring, managing project development teams, and improving productivity;
  • the ability to anticipate and address challenges proactively, with systems-level thinking and working toward institutional change, rather than simply reacting to them or focusing on individual remedies to issues as they present themselves;
  • emphasize inclusion as a core university value, and help shape an institutional environment that defines diversity broadly and encompasses an array of underrepresented populations at Iowa State;
  • excellent interpersonal and public communication skills, including effective messaging to multiple and diverse audiences, through multiple media formats;
  • demonstrated success creating collaboration among numerous individuals and groups;
  • an open, transparent leadership style;
  • the ability to work in a decentralized institution emphasizing shared governance, and an appreciation for a highly involved state oversight process;
  • a deep and intersectional understanding of the dynamics of difference, privilege, and power;
  • an understanding of the unique mission of a land-grant university; and
  • key leadership attributes, including but not limited to considerable emotional maturity, unimpeachable integrity, intelligence, exceptional judgment, creativity, diplomacy, humility, the ability to inspire, and gravitas necessary to achieve ambitious goals.

Institution & Location

Overview of the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Iowa State University is proud to educate and employ a diverse community. The division of diversity and inclusion supports students, faculty, staff, alumni and community constituents to build a model of equity and inclusion that impacts every aspect of campus life and gives voice to all members of the university community.


The division engages with campus partners to promote a climate of diversity, equity, and inclusion that will help Iowa State University become the most welcoming land-grant institution in the nation.

Committee for the Advancement of Women and Gender Equity Promotes a climate that fosters the full participation of women faculty, staff, and students.

Committee on Disabilities Focuses on removing barriers to access, fostering awareness, and equipping the community to address inequities.

Wellbeing Leadership Alliance Enhances the safety, health, well-being, and security of faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

VPDEI Council Provides insight and counsel to the vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion.


The division collaborates to create opportunities for participation and development through a wide variety of programs and events.

Campus Conversations

These events bring together the campus community and are open to students, faculty, and staff. The content relates to current events and campus climate.

Know Your Rights

Through a series of educational workshops, the division brings experts to campus to share legal rights information related to current events impacting the community.

Student Engagement

Students who identify as Black men, Dreamers, Hispanic/Latino men, Latinas, and QTPoC can find fellowship in groups that foster connections among peers and Iowa State faculty and staff.

Engagement and Inclusion Officers

ISU PD is an active partner in improving campus climate and has collaborated with the VPDEI’s office to improve these efforts.

Mindfulness Room

This space is intended for a brief retreat from studying. Users are encouraged to relax and take a few moments to clear their minds.

Goal 4 Implementation

Iowa State University’s Strategic Plan (2017-22) was produced through the efforts of students, faculty, and staff during the 2015-16 academic year.  Over 100 people served on the plan’s steering committee and five sub-committees to develop drafts of the plan.  Hundreds of community members provided input on those drafts through online feedback and in multiple community forums on campus and in the Ames community.

Those efforts resulted in the adoption of four strategic goals for our community.  The importance of a positive campus climate is stated throughout the strategic plan, but is central to Goal 4: Continue to enhance and cultivate the ISU Experience where faculty, staff, students, and visitors are safe and feel welcomed, supported, included, and valued by the university and each other.

Just as the development of the university’s strategic plan was a community effort, so is the realization of our shared goals. To that end, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion has organized community members and work groups to make progress in the areas mentioned in Goal 4, its subgoals, and related actions.

City of Ames Projects

The division and the university work with the local community to create projects like the City of Ames Advisory Board, the Ames Community Institute, and the Symposium on Building Inclusive Organizations.

Creation of the City Manager’s Advisory Board

Iowa State University in conjunction with the local chapter of the NAACP, led the development and creation of an advisory board to assist the Ames City Manager in working towards a city where all residents receive the type of exemplary service the city is known for based on customer satisfaction surveys. The impetus for the board was to be proactive in building relationships between underrepresented community stakeholders and city offices as opposed to being reactive to an incident or acrimony.

The City Manager’s Office in partnership with corporate, faith-based, school district, university, and philanthropic volunteers embarked upon an eight-month project of dialogues, workshops and seminars focused on multiple facets of city governance and administration resulting in the creation of the Ames Community Institute. The board continues to advise the City Manager on topics including the Ames Police Department “Stop Study” and the Ames Plan 2040.

Creation of the Ames Community Institute

The program brings together a cross-section of Ames residents to explore creating, managing, and optimizing diversity and inclusion within the City of Ames programs and services. Participants are selected based on recommendations from members of the City Manager’s Advisory Board. The purpose is to improve the living, learning, and work conditions of the community for both current and future residents.

Participants attended a month-long series of seminars on:

City Government and Finance

Parks and Recreation, Housing, and Public Works,

Utilities and Transportation

Police and Fire

Cohort one had 23 participants and took place over four consecutive weeks spanning October – November of 2018. Cohort two took place in October – November of 2019.

Creation of the Symposium on Building Inclusive Organizations

A fundamental part of a living experience within a community is the interaction between the consumer and both small and large business. The climate survey results underscored the need to work more deliberately with local business to stimulate the conversation about serving and supporting diverse consumers and potential workforce members. The Symposium on Building Inclusive Organizations is designed for leaders and influencers in Ames and Story County, particularly those who impact hiring and decision-making in the workplace and who impact organizational culture and environment.

Creation of the Inclusive Crosswalk in Downtown Ames

As a result of the collaboration between the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and City Council, an inclusive crosswalk was unveiled in downtown Ames. The crosswalks on Douglas Avenue feature a minority-inclusive pride rainbow. The crosswalk on Fifth Street to the east features gender non-binary pride colors, and the crosswalk on Fifth Street to the west features transgender pride colors. The new crosswalk was designed to be completed prior to the annual Pridefest event and the start of the schoolyear. It is a permanent symbol to communicate to everyone in the city of Ames that everyone is welcome here.

Creation of the Black Book Nook in Downtown Ames

A collaboration between the office of diversity, equity and inclusion and Ames public library resulted in the creation of the black book nook. This collection fosters education and community engagement with black history, thought, literature, and culture.

Campus Climate Reporting System

The campus climate reporting system (CCRS) comprises members of the ISU community — faculty and staff — who meet regularly throughout the year to plan and implement strategies for developing and facilitating the implementation of appropriate responses to campus climate incidents — such as bias, harassment and discrimination — impacting the Iowa State University community.

The team meets quarterly to discuss the broader campus climate and is able to communicate in real-time as necessary.  Along with determining the appropriate outreach and action steps needed to take after an incident occurs on campus, the team also notifies the community when appropriate.  Aid to those who have been affected is offered through outreaches conducted by members of the CCRS.


TBD, interim vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion

Rondolyn “Ronnie” Hawkins, MPA, executive assistant to the vice president

nicci port, program director for gender and sexual diversity initiatives

José Antonio Rosa, Ph.D., faculty fellow for diversity and inclusion

J. Eliseo De León, Ph.D., Lazos mentor, Hispanic and Latino affairs

Institutional Overview

Institutional background/history

Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm (now Iowa State University) was officially established on March 22, 1858, by the legislature of the State of Iowa. Story County was selected as a site on June 21, 1859, and the original farm of 648 acres was purchased for a cost of $5,379. The Farm House, the first building on the Iowa State campus, was completed in 1861, and in 1862, the Iowa legislature voted to accept the provision of the Morrill Act, which was awarded to the agricultural college in 1864. Iowa Agricultural College (Iowa State College of Agricultural and Mechanic Arts as of 1898), as a land grant institution, focused on the ideals that higher education should be accessible to all and that the university should teach liberal and practical subjects. These ideals are integral to the land-grant university.

The first official class entered at Ames in 1869, and the first class (24 men and 2 women) graduated in 1872. Iowa State was and is a leader in agriculture, engineering, extension, home economics, and created the nation’s first state veterinary medicine school in 1879.

In 1959, the college was officially renamed Iowa State University of Science and Technology. The focus on technology has led directly to many research patents and inventions including the first binary computer (the ABC), Maytag blue cheese, the round hay baler, and many more.

Beginning with a small number of students and Old Main, Iowa State University now has approximately 27,000 students and over 100 buildings with world class programs in agriculture, technology, science, and art.

Iowa State University is a very special place, full of history. But what truly makes it unique is a rare combination of campus beauty, the opportunity to be a part of the land-grant experiment, and to create a progressive and inventive spirit that we call the Cyclone experience. Appreciate what we have here, for it is indeed, one of a kind.

Ames, IA

Beneath the small town charm of Ames, Iowa, beats the heart of a much larger city. With a population of more than 65,000, Ames offers cultural, recreational, educational, business, and entertainment amenities more common in bigger metros. As a growing city, Ames continues to focus on building a strong community filled with opportunities for all. There are so many reasons that Ames, Iowa, is the Smart Choice!

In 2015, Ames was named one of the “15 Cities That Have Done the Best Since the Recession” by Bloomberg Business and one of the top 25 “Best Places for STEM Grads.” Ames ranked No. 8 by Niche Ranking for “Best Towns for Millennials in America.” Additionally, USA Today named Ames as the healthiest city in America!

These awards highlight the wonderful aspects of Ames that residents have enjoyed for years – friendly people, beautiful parks, great shopping, progressive schools, cultural and entertainment venues, quality healthcare, and recreational opportunities in every season. In 2015, the Ames Public Library celebrated its first anniversary in its expanded facility after an $18-million renovation that nearly doubled its size. A groundbreaking was held to mark the construction of a new, state-of-the-art $75-million water treatment plant, and the Ames Power Plant has converted from coal-produced electricity to cleaner natural gas. Throughout Ames, there is evidence of our growth.

Home to Iowa State University, Ames not only educates students from around the globe, but has become a player in developing the world’s bio-economic future. No visit to Ames would be complete without experiencing Iowa State University. The campus boasts large expanses of green space, attractive buildings, and more than 36,000 students. The University brings excitement and vitality to our city and provides cultural and entertainment options typically found only in larger cities.

Ames is a city offering top-quality education from kindergarten to advanced degrees, and Ames High School routinely boasts the highest number of National Merit Scholar Finalists in the state. Small class sizes and experienced teachers with advanced degrees make the schools districts serving Ames the example for others. As the medical hub for multiple counties, health care in Ames is accessible and advanced with medical professionals offering state-of-the-art medical intervention close to home.

Mission and vision

The mission and vision are part of the FY2017-2022 strategic plan

Mission: Create, share, and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place.

Iowa State’s focus has always been its students. The university emphasizes learning by doing. ISU students take advantage of many opportunities to engage in real-world class experiences and cutting-edge research, to study in other countries, and to test their leadership skills in 800-plus campus organizations. They are tomorrow’s leaders and problem solvers and they’re ready to get started. In addition to educating students, Iowa State faculty and staff are conducting basic and applied research to improve lives and sustain the planet. They are boosting crop production, protecting natural resources, perfecting biobased fuels, refining wind turbines, designing human and animal vaccines, improving firefighting gear, fighting Parkinson’s disease, fostering economic growth and development, strengthening forensic science techniques, assessing the effects of media violence, devising defenses against cyber-attacks, enhancing the quality of life through the arts and humanities, and educating the leaders of tomorrow. As a member of the Association of American Universities, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Iowa State is dedicated to conducting research and scholarship with local, national, and international impact.

As the land-grant institution in the very first state to adopt the Morrill Act, Iowa State University wholeheartedly supports the mission of sharing knowledge beyond the campus borders. It’s no surprise that Iowa State pioneered the first statewide Extension Service in 1906. The extension experiment – universities actively transferring their research and expertise to every corner of every state – was immensely successful across America and remains so today. More than a million Iowans annually benefit directly from ISU Extension and Outreach programs.

As the world has gotten smaller, the scope of Iowa State’s mission has increased. ISU faculty, staff, and students are dedicated to improving lives around the nation and the world. The Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence is helping to improve forensic evidence to create a more objective criminal justice system. The Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods helps support a longstanding program to help Ugandans improve farming, launch home businesses, keep children in school, and build food security. Through these activities and many others, Iowa State presses forward, on a mission to help make the world safe and sustainable for generations to come.

Vision: Iowa State University will lead the world in advancing the land-grant ideals of putting science, technology, and human creativity to work.

Iowa State University of Science and Technology lives up to its name in many ways. Half of its undergraduates major in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The campus is a hub of creative and entrepreneurial activity. ISU and the city of Ames are home to a national laboratory; five federal research labs; world-class programs in genomic-based agricultural breeding, health and biotechnology; renowned institutes in virtual reality, plant sciences and the bioeconomy; and the only university in Iowa with ROTC programs for all military services. The Iowa State University Research Park, which helps move discoveries to market, has launched numerous start-up companies, including some that are recognized worldwide for ingenuity and major contributions.

Iowa State University has the talent and the facilities to lead the urgent, global quest for solutions. Providing these solutions and preparing the next generation of leaders and problem solvers requires efforts from across campus. It is the combination of all of our academic colleges, units, and departments that create the community of scholars necessary for this work. This university is and always has been a community of practical, hardworking problem-solvers. Major investments in new research and educational facilities and an outstanding tradition of cross-disciplinary research bring all of ISU’s colleges and departments together with global partners. Iowa State is dedicated to the belief that with hard work and innovation, future generations will have ample food and fuel, good health, and a safe, bountiful planet.

The Iowa State University Strategic Plan 2017–2022

The University’s latest strategic plan went into effect on July 1, 2016.

The approved strategic plan is available at


Wendy Wintersteen, President

Dr. Wendy Wintersteen became the 16th president of Iowa State University on Nov. 20, 2017, after a nationwide search, followed by a unanimous vote of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. The first woman to hold the university’s highest office, Dr. Wintersteen has served Iowa State for more than 40 years in several capacities.

As president, Dr. Wintersteen is advancing Iowa State University for the 21st century with priorities focused on enhancing student success, recruiting and retaining excellent faculty and staff, strengthening research excellence, establishing a vibrant innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports new businesses and economic growth, cultivating a welcoming and inclusive campus environment, and growing state and private support for the university, its faculty, staff, and students.

With the launch of Iowa State’s new brand campaign, Innovate at Iowa State, Dr. Wintersteen is establishing her vision of a university where innovation and entrepreneurship are part of every college and opportunities abound for students and faculty to move their entrepreneurial ideas forward.

Central to this vision is the new 144,000 square foot Student Innovation Center, which serves as the meeting hub (and laboratory and engineering space) for students, classes and clubs excited by the possibilities of creating marketable solutions, holding pitch-off competitions and envisioning new businesses.

Under her leadership, ISU is becoming nationally recognized for innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education. The prestigious Princeton Review ranked Iowa State #11 in the country for entrepreneurial studies out of 300 public and private universities. Iowa State also received the 2021 Model Program Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurial Education by the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, noting “Iowa State’s program was expansive in its scale and boldly embraced the challenges of engendering innovation and entrepreneurship across its campus.”

ISU boasts a 95% placement rate for its graduates, and unprecedented support from private donors for student scholarships, faculty positions, programs, and new facilities. Iowa State consistently ranks in the Top 100 universities worldwide (currently #65) for number of U.S. patents as ISU faculty and staff excel at transferring their research, technology, and innovation to the marketplace to address complex scientific and global challenges, improve quality of life, and create economic opportunities to make Iowa more competitive. ISU Extension and Outreach programs operate in all 99 counties to directly benefit more than 1 million Iowans each year.

Prior to becoming president, Dr. Wintersteen served for eleven years as the inaugural endowed dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station. During her tenure, Iowa State’s agricultural programs ranked in the top 10 worldwide, CALS enrollment rapidly increased to become the third largest college of agriculture in the nation, research grants increased markedly, awards for teaching excellence grew, and the college achieved a 98% placement rate for its graduates.

Dr. Wintersteen began her career working in eastern and central Iowa as one of the first female ISU Extension associates in integrated pest management. She then completed her doctorate in entomology at Iowa State and rose through the ranks to become a professor of entomology (with a brief stint at the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.), followed by successively senior administrative roles in extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS).

Dr. Wintersteen was selected in 2020 to serve on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s National Council for Expanding American Innovation to develop a comprehensive national strategy to expand innovation through diversity and increasing opportunities for all Americans. She is a member of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness and the Council’s flagship initiative, the National Commission on Innovation and Competitiveness Frontiers, aimed at increasing the U.S.’s economic competitiveness in the global marketplace. She’s also a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Council of Presidents and was selected to serve on the APLU Research Intensive Committee. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Big 12 Conference; the University Innovation Alliance (UIA), a coalition of 11 public research universities aimed at making college degrees more attainable for underrepresented students; America’s Cultivation Corridor, a regional economic initiative to establish Iowa as the global center for excellence in agbiosciences, advanced manufacturing, and technology sectors; and Bankers Trust. She is part of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Executive Committee and the Business Education Alliance. She also serves on the World Food Prize Council of Advisors and the World Food Prize Foundation Board of Directors

Dr. Wintersteen was inducted into the Iowa Business Hall of Fame in 2021. She is the recipient of the 2020 Food Systems Leadership Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities for her extraordinary impact on the food system through leadership and service. Dr. Wintersteen received the 2020 National Ruby Award, the most prestigious recognition given by Epsilon Sigma Phi, the national honor society for extension professionals. In 2018, she was named a Woman of Influence from the Des Moines Business Record.

Dr. Wintersteen holds a bachelor’s of science degree in crop production from Kansas State University and Ph.D. in entomology from Iowa State University. She is married to Robert Waggoner, author and former businessman.

Academic Programs

The Iowa State University is organized into eight colleges:

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Design
  • College of Engineering
  • Graduate College
  • College of Human Sciences
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • College of Veterinary Medicine

These colleges offer 100 bachelor’s degree programs, one professional degree (doctor of veterinary medicine), 112 master’s degree programs, and 83 PhD programs.

Departments with the largest number of undergraduate majors:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering
  • Kinesiology
  • Animal Science
  • Art and Design
  • Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management
  • Psychology
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
  • Architecture
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Finance
  • Accounting

The Student Body

Iowa State at a glance, fall 2020:

Total Enrollment: 31,825

Undergraduate Total: 26,846

Graduate Students: 4,352

Professional Students: 627

Interesting Statistics 2020:

  • New direct from high school students (freshman class) of 5,071 students includes 3,053 Iowans.
  • The freshman class has an average ACT score of 25 and an average high school GPA of 3.71.
  • Students come from every county in Iowa, every state in the country, and from 109 countries.
  • U.S. multicultural enrollment is a record 4,924 (15.5% of total enrollment).
  • This fall, 17,911 Iowans are attending Iowa State (56.3% of the student body).
  • A total of 2,592 international students enrolled at Iowa State in fall 2020, comprising 8.1% of the total enrollment.
  • Of the total number of students enrolled in fall 2020, 14,543 (44%) were women and 18,848 (56%) were men.
  • Of undergraduate students, 43% were women, while 83% of professional students were women and 45% of graduate students were women.

Benefits Overview

  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision discount plan
  • Prescription drug insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • Retirement plans
  • Health care flexible spending account and dependent care assistance program
  • Sick leave
  • Vacation and holidays
  • Tuition discounts for employee
  • Vendor discounts

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Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Quincy Martin III at or Mark Hall at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against. This position serves at the pleasure of university administration and is exempt from certain P&S policies.