Peter Dorhout, PhD

Vice President for Research

As Vice President for Research and Dean of Kansas State University's College of Arts & Sciences, Peter K. Dorhout brings a distinguished record of research, teaching, service and administration to his positions.

Dorhout became Dean of the university's largest college in January 2012, previously serving as vice provost for graduate affairs and assistant vice president for research at Colorado State University, and most recently as interim provost for Colorado State University, Pueblo. He was named interim vice president for research in December 2015.

Among his many achievements are developing and raising funds for the Undergraduate Research Institute for Colorado State's College of Natural Sciences, developing a graduate student retention plan, and creating a strategy to boost the experience of postdoctoral researchers. Dorhout also was involved in creating, funding and leading partnerships between Colorado State and higher education institutions in Asia. He also served as the campus leader responsible for creating the collaborative Colorado School of Public Health between CSU, the University of Colorado, Denver and the University of Northern Colorado.

Dorhout earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign and a doctorate in inorganic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Ames Laboratory at Iowa State University and a research collaborator with Los Alamos National Laboratory. His research specialties include thin film materials, environmental chemistry, and actinide and radiochemistry. For his contributions to the field of chemistry and for his work as an administrator and researcher, Dorhout was named a fellow of the American Chemical Society in 2013. He is the recipient of several other prestigious national awards, including Research Corporation Cottrell Scholar, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, National Science Foundation CAREER Award, ACS Exxon-Mobil Young Faculty Award for Materials Chemistry and an A.P. Sloan Fellow. He has written more than 110 peer-reviewed articles, edited books and book chapters.

His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. State Department. He is a member of several professional organizations, including a life member of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science and serves or has served on the board of directors for the American Chemical Society, the Research Corporation for Science Advancement, and the Boy Scouts of America-Coronado Area Council. He is an Eagle Scout and Rotarian.

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