Tim Walston is dean of Science and Mathematics and a professor of biology at Truman State University. He has been in that position since 2017. Prior to that, he served as interim associate dean of Science and Mathematics and chair for the Biology Department. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Taylor University, a Master of Science in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and a Doctor of Philosophy in genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He started his teaching career at Truman in 2006.
During his time at Truman, he has worked with a team of faculty to explore, understand, and decrease the barriers to earning a STEM degree for students from underrepresented backgrounds, including minorities, low socioeconomic class, first-generation college students, rural students, and community college transfer students. He has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on $3 million of National Science Foundation grants to support his research in these areas.