Dr. Diane Lund has served in leadership roles at the university since she joined the faculty in 2003. Prior to UP, she was a Level III Instructor at MSU Great Falls College of Technology. A postdoctoral research fellowship at the McLaughlin Research Institute brought her to Great Falls in 1991. She was a National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences in 2014. Her research interests center around sustainable practices for the development of food products, utilizing UP’s experimental aquaponics system.

Dr. Lund creates opportunities for students to actively pursue solutions to the pressing problems of this planet. She is involved with the core initiative of integrating sustainability across the curriculum. With her students, she attends regional conferences such as the bi-annual Pre-medical WWAMI conference and the annual Murdock College Science Research conference. She created a “rubber hits the road” Junior Science Seminar course to prepare students for success with graduate school applications. Overall, she keeps her focus on educating the whole student, with an eye toward helping students develop the ability to excel in a demanding discipline.

In her distinguished career, Dr. Lund served as both chair of the faculty and the faculty representative to the University Board of Directors. She served as division chair multiple times prior to being named associate dean in 2016.

In her free time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, fishing, hiking, camping, snowshoeing, and reading. On the creative, artsy side, she dabbles in stained glass art, and is even a bit of a “fix-it” person. And her dog, Maya, thinks she is the best. She would say that the feeling is mutual!

BA, Carroll College
PhD, University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine

“A candle loses none of its light by lighting another.”
-Jalal ud-Din Rumi, 13th-century Persian poet, mystic, and scholar