Lyvers Peffer named interim chair of CFAES Department of Animal Sciences

Pasha A. Lyvers Peffer

COLUMBUS, Ohio–Pasha A. Lyvers Peffer, a professor in The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) Department of Animal Sciences, has been named interim chair of that department. Her term begins Oct. 1 and will continue until a permanent chair is named.

Lyvers Peffer joined CFAES as an assistant professor in 2005, becoming an associate professor in 2011, and a professor in 2018. She previously served as undergraduate program leader and chair of Academic Affairs in the Department of Animal Sciences from 2014–17, as interim associate chair of Animal Sciences from 2016–7, and as acting assistant dean of CFAES Academic Affairs from 2017–18.

In her role as interim chair of the Department of Animal Sciences, Lyvers Peffer will:

  • support the continued success and development of undergraduate and graduate education programs.
  • represent the department and promote collaborations with university partners and external stakeholders to increase state, national, and international presence.
  • work with other department chairs and administrators to advance the vision and missions of Animal Sciences in order to optimize the department’s resource needs.
  • administer, allocate, and manage fiscal and human resources in a complex organization with multiple locations, funding, and revenue streams.

“We are excited about Dr. Lyvers Peffer’s vision in working with the department to continue the process of outlining their identity and priorities as we prepare for a future department chair search,” said Cathann A. Kress, Ohio State vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES.

As a professor in Animal Sciences, Lyvers Peffer works to teach fundamental animal biology to a diverse student demographic and includes traditional in-person and online delivery.

Her work in the scholarship of teaching and learning is focused on student outcomes as evidence of learning under different classroom and curricular models, with the goal of defining methods of teaching that foster an instructional environment in which students are intrinsically motivated and realize their potential for learning.

“We have an amazing team of faculty and staff committed to the delivery of our mission to discover and communicate knowledge about animals and their contributions,” Lyvers Peffer said. “I look forward to serving the department to advance this mission.”

Lyvers Peffer earned her BS in animal sciences in 1997 from the University of Kentucky, her MS in animal sciences in 2000 from Michigan State University, and her PhD in nutritional sciences in 2004 from North Carolina State University.

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