Graduate School Faculty & Staff
We believe in the transformative power that education has on our students and our society. From the application process to your graduation commencement, we’ll do everything we can to provide you with an unforgettable graduate education experience. If you have questions about your application, funding opportunities, diversity and inclusion, or a specific program please don’t hesitate to ask.
Graduate School Campuses
We offer masters and doctoral degrees for more than 130 research-based graduate programs between the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses to give students an opportunity to find the right program and the right environment for their graduate education.
Dr. Scott Lanyon earned his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University and was appointed vice provost and dean of graduate education at the University of Minnesota in 2016.
Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education
Dr. Scott Lanyon
Dr. Lanyon’s research is in the field of avian systematics, where he and his colleagues used DNA sequence data to develop an understanding of the evolutionary relationships between families, genera, and species of birds. Their research has shed light on the evolutionary processes responsible for behavioral and morphological patterns observed in birds today. In appreciation of his contributions to ornithology both as scholar and leader, Lanyon served as president of the American Ornithologists' Union (2014-2016). He also served as curator of birds at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History for ten years before becoming a faculty member in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior in 1995.
Lanyon has demonstrated a commitment to graduate and postdoctoral training throughout his career - as an advisor to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who have gone on to be very successful in a variety of career paths, as an administrator advocating for increased support (financial, health, and professional development) for graduate students, and as an educator training students to write competitive grant and fellowship proposals.
In 2013, in recognition of his passion for graduate education, Lanyon was named chair of the Special Committee on Graduate Education by Provost Karen Hanson and the chair of the Faculty Consultative Committee.
The Graduate School strives to operate with complete integrity as a neutral and impartial entity that promises to uphold standards of excellence. Our dedicated staff works to develop a diverse population of students and to ensure these students are uniquely positioned to collaborate, communicate, ask questions, solve complex societal problems, and lead the development of future knowledge as they enter careers inside or outside academia.
Like you, the Graduate School is determined to learn and grow. We feed off the energy and passion of our students, faculty, and staff in order to create a vibrant and sustainable community across both campuses and within each graduate program.
We will continue to provide welcoming, inclusive campus environments for all students, empower our faculty and staff members to advise and support graduate students at every stage of their journey, and grow the Graduate School’s recognition and reputation as a respected research institution.
We conduct comprehensive reviews and oversight of each graduate policy to ensure that our students have access to the best possible education, equipment, and facilities.
Our policies are updated regularly to provide transparency regarding our processes for reviewing, moderating, and updating our programs.