Dr. Rebecca Drenovsky is Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Biology at John Carroll University. In this role, she has worked to centralize graduate studies operations across the university, increase graduate student enrollment, identify new programs and certificates to launch, and improve the student experience. She also leads two STEM scholarship programs on campus, a National Science Foundation Scholarships in STEM award, which supports low income, high potential students to succeed in STEM disciplines, and an Ohio Department of Higher Education Choose Ohio First Grant, which supports high achieving Ohio residents to thrive in STEM majors and careers. An active researcher, she has mentored more than 25 undergraduate and 13 graduate student researchers at John Carroll. She also has served as a panel member (2015) and Panel Chair (2015-2018) for the Living Earth proposal review committee for the French National Research Agency, and she is a corresponding editor for Plant and Soil and an associate editor for the American Journal of Botany. She also is a Catalyst for a National Science Foundation-funded ADVANCE ASCEND project (Midwest Region), in which she works collaboratively with other administrators and faculty to create a more equitable and just campus culture, promoting the retention and advancement of a diverse faculty and student body. She earned her Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of California, Davis.