David Singel has served as Associate Provost at Montana State University since 2011, where he brings innovation, energy, and collaborative leadership to university initiatives in academic affairs. In close partnership with stakeholders across the entire campus, Singel directs a SWAT team that has successfully projected enrollment trends, adjusted scheduling, redesigned and allocated instructional space, and distributed financial resources to meet student needs throughout a period of explosive enrollment growth at MSU. Singel has given presentations on these initiatives in national conference venues, including APLU (Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Austin, 2016), APPA (Nashville, 2016; San Francisco, 2017), and SCUP (Society for College and University Planning, Seattle, 2017). His recent publications in the area include proceedings from the Symposium on Student Retention1 and the Conference on Computer Supported Education.2
Before joining the central administration, Singel was Head of MSU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry during six years of meteoric growth. As a scholar, he is recognized for highly cited work on the development and application of new techniques in electron magnetic resonance spectroscopy and pioneering research in nitric oxide biology. Singel, a first-generation college graduate, received his B.S. in chemistry from the Pennsylvania State University and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. After post-doctoral work at the University of Leiden, Netherlands, and IBM San Jose, he began his academic career at Harvard University, where he was the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Natural Sciences, before moving to Montana.
1 J. Jenks, D. J. Singel, C. Kearns, C. Beck, Using Machine Learning Predictive Models to Inform Intervention and Communication Strategy during Key Socialization Phases to Improve Student Retention Outcomes Proceedings of the 12th Annual National 2. Symposium on Student Retention, 513-522 (2016).
2. B. Mumey, S. Yaw, C. Fastnow, D. J. Singel, Finding Pathways to Student Success from Data. In 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, Lisbon, Portugal, 2015.