Leslie Cornick, PhD

Professor and Dean, School of STEM, University of Washington Bothell

Dr. Leslie Cornick joined the University of Washington Bothell as the Dean of the School of STEM in 2020, where she provides leadership and support to over 140 faculty and staff, and nearly 2,000 graduate and undergraduate students. Prior to joining the UW, Dr. Cornick was the Associate Dean of the College of STEM at Eastern Washington University, and the Dean of Research and Sponsored Programs at Alaska Pacific University.  She earned her PhD in Wildlife Ecology from Texas A&M University in 2001 and was an NSF Minority Post-doctoral Fellow from 2002-2004.  Her research has focused on the impacts of human activity on marine mammal foraging ecology and physiology, and on the impacts of climate change on subsistence users of living marine resources.  She has served on numerous professional society boards, including the Marine Mammal Society and the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB), and was a Senior Policy Fellow for the Marine Conservation Institute.  She currently serves on the board of the Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences and the Innovation Partnership Zone. She is committed to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion in the organizations she serves, and mentoring women and underrepresented minorities in STEM. Her vision for the School of STEM is to be the indispensable partner in the region.