Dr. Dean Kopsell
Professor / Chair
Dr. Dean Kopsell joined the Environmental Horticulture Department in September of 2017 as department chair, hailing from the Plant Sciences Department at the University of Tennessee where he held a 15% teaching, 85% research appointment. Dr. Kopsell received a BS degree is in agribusiness – horticulture in 1992 from Illinois State University. He received his MS degree in 1995 and his Ph.D. in 1999 from the Horticulture Department at the University of Georgia. Dr. Kopsell was an assistant professor in the Plant Biology Department at the University of New Hampshire from 2000-2004. He joined the Plant Sciences Department at the University of Tennessee in 2004. He was promoted to associate professor in 2008 and to full professor in 2013. Dr. Kopsell’s publication record includes over 100 journal articles, 6 book chapters, and 3 provisional patents. While a faculty member at UT, Dr. Kopsell's research program focused on the impacts of cultural, environmental, and genetic factors on the phytonutritional value of specialty crops. Another area of research was investigating the impacts of narrow-band wavelengths from light-emitting diodes (LED) on nutritionally important metabolites in specialty crops.
- 1999 Doctorate of Philosophy Degree. University of Georgia, Horticulture Department, Athens, GA. 1996-1999.
- 1995 Master of Science Degree. University of Georgia, Horticulture Department, Athens, GA. 1993-1995.
- 1992 Bachelor of Science Degree. Illinois State University, Agriculture Department, Normal, IL. Agribusiness Major – Horticulture sequence. 1989-1992. Rockford College, Rockford, IL. 1988-1989.
NOTABLE LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE/ACTIVITIES
- Administrative Advisor for SCC85 Consumer Horticulture Extension, Research, and Education Coordinating Committee, USDA Multistate Project
- Advisory Board Member, National Horticulture Foundation (NHF)
- Advisory Council Member for Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR)
- Chair, American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) Administrators Group
- Chair, Southern-Region ASHS Administrators Group
- Chair, NCAC-4 Horticulture Crops, USDA Multistate Project for Horticulture Administrators
- Fellow (cohort 17) of the Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI)
- Graduate (class 8) of the LEAD21 leadership development program
- President-Elect and Executive Board Member for ASHS
- Research Division Vice President for
The University of Florida – Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS)
- Administrative Member, UF/IFAS Extension Initiative Leadership Team
- Advisory Panel Member, Florida Friendly Landscaping (FFL)
- Chair, Cultivar Release Advisory Committee, Environmental Horticulture Department
- Chair, Environmental Horticulture Department
- Member, 2023-2028 UF/IFAS Extension Roadmap Steering Committee
- Member, Cultivar Release Committee, UF/IFAS Office of Research
The University of Tennessee – Institute of Agriculture (UTIA)
- Chair, Plant Sciences Department Promotion & Tenure Committee
- Chair, UT Faculty Senate Athletics Committee
- Chair, UTIA Plant Variety Release Committee
- Faculty Senate Caucus Chair for UTIA – CASNR, AgResearch, UT Extension
- Member, UT Faculty Senate Executive Committee
- Member, UT Intercollegiate Athletics Board
- Member, UTK Chancellor’s Honorary Degree Committee
- Research Coordinator, Plant Sciences Department Notable Research Honors and Awards:
- Fellow, American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS)
- Gamma Sigma Delta Excellence in Research Award of Merit
- Illinois State University - College of Applied Science and Technology Academy of Achievement Inductee
- E. Moss Achievement Award for Research from UTIA
- J. Whatley Distinguished Young Scientist Award from UTIA
- Undergraduate Research Mentor Award from UTIA/CASNR
- Valent BioSciences Young Scientist Award from Plant Growth Regulation Society
RECENT SERVICES AND HONORS
- Advisory council member for Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), target area: Managing Food Production Systems to Enhance Nutritional Outcomes.
- 2015 Undergraduate Research Mentor Award given by the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at the University of Tennessee.
- Research Division Vice President for the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS). Vice President-elect, 2014-15; Vice President, 2015-17.
- 2014 Valent BioSciences Young Scientist Award given by the Plant Growth Regulation Society of America
- 2013 J.E. Moss Achievement Award for Research given by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture.
- 2011 Inductee to the Illinois State University College of Applied Science and Technology Academy of Achievement.
- 2010 Gamma Sigma Delta – The Honor Society of Agriculture Excellence in Research Award of Merit, University of Tennessee Chapter.