Mousseau named associate vice president
Tim Mousseau, a biological sciences professor and associate dean for research and graduate education in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been named associate vice president for research and graduate education, effective Jan. 16.
Mousseau will help oversee and strengthen the University’s research enterprise, scholarly and creative endeavors, and graduate training, and advance USC’s productive relationships with industry, government research labs, funding agencies, and foundations. He joins Pam Benicewicz, who was named associate vice president for research and graduate education last fall.
“Tim has proven himself highly effective at synergizing faculty from diverse academic backgrounds for the pursuit of research and student funding opportunities,” said Stephen Kresovich, USC’s vice president for research and graduate education. “He has led or helped to facilitate new research opportunities for students in science, math, and engineering; and to support new centers, institutes, and initiatives in areas including digital humanities, media arts, Chinese studies, mass spectrometry, ecological forecasting, and brain imaging.”
Mousseau, whose research interests focus on ecological genetics and the environmental and health consequences of radioactive contaminants, joined the University as an assistant professor in 1991. Since 2006, he has served as associate dean for research and graduate education in the College of Arts and Sciences, where he helped to foster research, scholarship and graduate education in USC’s largest college.
“I am delighted to continue my service to the broader research and graduate student communities at USC,” Mousseau said. “We have significant strengths and the potential to be world-class leaders in many areas of scholarship, and I plan to work with many talented faculty and academic leaders from across campus to develop strategies for acquiring the resources needed to help hire, retain, and support our faculty and students in their efforts to propel USC to the very top tier of state supported academic institutions.”
Mousseau earned a master’s degree from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. from McGill University in Montreal in addition to a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Davis. His most recent research has focused on the impacts of radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl disaster of 1986 on natural plant and animal populations in Eastern Europe.
He and his students have published more than 100 scientific papers, and he has four edited volumes published by Oxford University Press and the New York Academy of Sciences. In 2008 he was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of research related to the evolution of adaptive maternal effects. In 2009 he was elected a Fellow National of the Explorer’s Club in recognition of his research expeditions in Eastern Europe.
Mousseau is married to Heather Preston, a division director in S.C. DHEC’s Bureau of Water Quality. They have three sons: Preston, Bruce, and Wesley.