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UF ag and life sciences has new associate dean

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A professor and assistant chairman of the Department of Animal Sciences has been named associate dean of the University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

Joel Brendemuhl, with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences since 1985, began work in his new role July 14, said college Dean Elaine Turner.

Brendemuhl will provide leadership for admissions, enrollment, curricula and academic program assessment in the college, also known as CALS, Turner said.

“His experience as both an undergraduate and graduate coordinator, his effectiveness as a teacher and adviser and his commitment to serving our students were key factors in his selection for this role,” Turner said. “I anticipate that he will use his experience to assist in the continuous quality improvement of all of our academic programs.”

Brendemuhl replaces Ricky Telg, who recently was tapped to serve as director of the UF/IFAS Center for Public Issues Education.

Brendemuhl has taught numerous courses in his 29 years at UF/IFAS, ranging from the undergraduate class, Introduction to Animal Sciences to the graduate-level Advanced Methods in Nutrition Technology. Brendemuhl said he holds the teaching philosophy, “We learn by doing.”

He also has 32 refereed journal articles and more than 100 additional publications to his credit.