Dorothy F. Chappell, PhD

Dorothy Chappell

Title: Biologist, Botanist, Cell Biologist, Educator, Academic Dean, Dean of Natural and Social Sciences
Company: Wheaton College
Location: Wheaton, Illinois, United States

Dorothy F. Chappell, PhD, Biologist, Botanist, Cell Biologist, Educator and Dean at Wheaton College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for education, dedication, achievements, and leadership in science and administration.

With a love for watching people grow and develop, while enjoying studying creation, Dr. Chappell is a Senior Scholar and Professor of Biology at Wheaton College in Illinois since 2019. She previously served the College on the faculty from 1977 to 1994 and as chair of the Department of Biology 1981 to 1994 and later as Dean of Natural and Social Sciences 2000 to 2019. She served as the Academic Dean at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, from 1994 to 2000. In addition to this tenure, she has served as an evaluator and consultant for the Higher Learning Commission of Chicago (North Central Association) 1984 to 1994. She also served as an evaluator and consultant for the New England Association of Colleges and Universities 1995 to 1999, and was named a fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation in 1992. She has received numerous awards for teaching and research including being designated as Junior Teacher of the Year at Wheaton College in 1981 to 1982, Member of the Year by the Midwest Society of Electron Microscopists (1988), an Outstanding Alumnus Longwood College and the Alumni Achievement Award (1995), an Outstanding Educator of the Chicago Region in 1994, and also was cited by the journal Christianity Today as among “50 Women You Should Know” in 2012. In preparation for her career, Dr. Chappell pursued a formal education at Longwood College, earning a Bachelor of Science in 1969, attained a Master of Science from the University of Virginia in 1973 and a PhD from Miami University in 1977.

Dr. Chappell has served as an associate editor of biology textbooks, contributed chapters to books and written articles published in professional journals. She has served in a myriad of other leadership roles including as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Phycological Society of America 1991 to 2001, among many others. She maintains involvement with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and served on its DOSER Committee, the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA) where she has served as President and as a member of the ASA Council, and membership in the Botanical Society of America. Her Christian service has been noted in her work professionally and in her church through leadership and other roles there. A recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Chappell was named an Outstanding Young Woman of America in Farmville, Virginia, in 1972 and was awarded a Fulbright Research Grant to conduct research in New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji in the 1989/1990 academic year. In addition, she was selected for inclusion in the third edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and the 25th edition of Who’s Who of American Women.

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