Misericordia University has named Heidi L.K. Manning, Ph.D., as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Manning comes to Misericordia from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where she was professor and chair of the Department of Physics.
She also served as chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics and director of the Credo Honors Program at Concordia. A well-published scholar, Dr. Manning has received more than $1.5 million in funding from the National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium for academic research and improving science education.
As dean of the Misericordia University College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Manning is responsible for fostering development of new programs and initiatives within the college and raising the university's research profile of educational programs and faculty. The college includes the departments of biology, chemistry and biochemistry, English, fine arts, history and government including the Government, Law and National Security program, mathematics and computer science, medical and health humanities, philosophy, physics, psychology, and religious studies.
As a visiting associate research scientist at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2006, she served as a researcher at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and participated in the development of the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument suite for the Mars Science Laboratory - Curiosity Rover. She also served as a visiting fellow at the Goddard Space Flight Center and participated in the development and calibration of the Cassini Orbiter Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer, currently orbiting Saturn investigating the atmospheric composition of Saturn and its moons.
Dr. Manning presented at TEDx Fargo in 2013, and at TEDx Concordia in 2017. She was invited to speak about planetary exploration, specifically on Education with Mars Rover, at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America's annual meeting in 2014. She most recently published "Yes We Will Find Them, The Drake Equation Tells Me So," a chapter in "Astrotheology: Science and Theology Meet Extraterrestrial Life," edited by Ted Peters et.al., Cascade Imprint (2017).
She has participated in the HERS Fellow Leadership Training Institute for Women in Higher Education that is designed to strengthen and expand leadership skills, and the Thrivent Fellows Leadership Program, a year-long program to develop leadership skills in individuals at Lutheran higher education institutions. Dr. Manning holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and a Bachelor of Arts in physics, cum laude, from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota.
A native of Moorhead, Minnesota, Dr. Manning lives in Dallas Borough.