Dean, College of Theology, Arts, & Sciences; Professor of Biology
Office: George R. White Library & Learning Center, Room 315H
Ph.D. University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, 1985 (Molecular Genetics)
M.S. Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, 1972 (Biology)
B.S. Concordia Teachers College, Seward, Nebraska, 1969 (Secondary Education, Biology, with honors)
A.A. Concordia Junior College, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1967
Dr. Kunert has been on the faculty since 1969, the longest tenure of any of the current faculty. During that tenure he has served as Professor of Biology, Women's basketball coach, Registrar, Math-Science Department Chair, and most recently, Dean of the College of Theology, Arts, & Sciences (CTAS). Dr. Kunert has been instrumental in the development of the current Biology major, as well as developing programs in Environmental Management, Field Studies, Pre-Medicine, and Pre-Physical Therapy. He has witnessed the growth of the majors of the CTAS from fewer than 80 majors five years ago to more than 200 majors. He is the recipient of numerous grants for improving science education, including grants from the National Science Foundation and the Murdock Charitable Trust. In 2009, Dr. Kunert was named the Oregon Academy of Sciences' Outstanding Teacher in Higher Education. His academic interests focus on advances in understanding how genes function as well as the intersection of faith and science, particularly in the area of creation and evolution. He is the author of numerous journal articles and is completing work on a textbook on Christian approaches to evolutionary theory.