College of Agriculture

S. Patricia Stock

Dean

Dr. Patricia Stock earned her B.S. in Biology (emphasis in Zoology) and her Ph.D. in Natural Sciences at Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina. Early in her career she served as an extension agent for the Division of Agricultural Education in the Ministry of Education and Culture of the province of Buenos Aires in Argentina. In this role, she provided knowledge on new agricultural technologies and practices to enhance the livelihoods of farmers. She worked with growers, farmers, and community leaders to enable action-oriented partnerships and collaborations to improve food production and consumption in the province of Buenos Aires. She did her postdoctoral training at the Department of Nematology at the University of California, Davis, where she also held the assistant curator position at the U.C. Davis Nematode Collection.

Dr. Stock served as faculty member at the University of Arizona for 20 years. From 2018 to August 2021, she served as the director of the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences (ACBS) housed in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at the University of Arizona. During her tenure at the University of Arizona, she successfully established a well-funded and internationally recognized research program that focuses on the study of insect pathogens and parasites and their development as alternatives for the management of agricultural pests. Through her research and teaching, she pioneered and promoted research on entomopathogens as biological model systems. She mentored and trained scientists from over 30 countries; and authored/co-authored over 120 peer-review scientific articles, 12 book chapters, and edited two books.

She also devoted efforts to education including the development and teaching of large and small courses at a variety of educational levels. She trained high school, undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students. She recently established an NSF-funded undergraduate summer on “Microbial Symbioses and Diversity” program dedicated to research training of community college students from underrepresented minorities. This program remains housed in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona.

From 2017 to 2019, Dr. Stock served as Faculty Fellow of the Executive Council in the Graduate College. In this role, she led various initiatives including the development of training workshops for faculty mentors and graduate students. She also coordinated a grant program to fund initiatives across campus to reduce time to degree.

Dr. Stock served in numerous College and University committees including the Faculty Senate. Upon retirement in 2021, Dr. Stock was granted Emerita Director and Professor status at the University of Arizona.

Extramurally, Dr. Stock served on various leadership roles in three international scientific societies including vice-president and president of the Organization of Nematologists of Tropical America (ONTA) from 2008 to 2010 and vice president for education at the International Symbiosis Society (2015-2018). Currently, she is the vice president of the Society of Invertebrate Pathology (SIP).

She joined California State University, Chico in August of 2021. As a Latina immigrant who has lived in California and Arizona over the past 28 years, she understands the challenges that minorities face in academia. As the dean of the College of Agriculture, her overarching goal is to create an environment that is inviting towards underrepresented minorities and socioeconomically underprivileged students, faculty, and staff.

Having been active in agriculture for most of her life, and as the leader of the College of Agriculture at Chico State, she is committed to facilitating discovery and transformative learning, building upon the well-established foundation that the College has in animal, plant, and soil sciences, as well as in agricultural business and agricultural science and education.

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