Dr. Frank A. Einhellig

Role: Faculty Emeritus
Campus: Springfield



  • PhD, 1969, University of Oklahoma
  • MNS, 1964, University of Oklahoma
  • BS Science Education, 1961, University of Kansas
  • BS Agriculture, 1960, Kansas State University
  • AA, 1957, Graceland College

Professional experience

  • Provost, Missouri State University, 2011-present
  • Associate provost and dean of the Graduate College, Missouri State University, 2006-11
  • Acting provost and dean of the Graduate College, Missouri State University, 2005-06
  • Associate vice president for academic affairs, dean of the Graduate College and professor of biology, Missouri State University, 1994-2005
  • Associate vice president for graduate studies and research, Missouri State University, 1992-1994
  • Chairman and professor of biology, University of South Dakota, 1989-1992
  • Associate, assistant and full professor of biology, University of South Dakota, 1973-1992
  • Chairman, Division of Nature Sciences and Mathematics, University of South Dakota, 1979-1984
  • Director, NSF Teacher or Student Training Grants, University of South Dakota, 1971-1982
  • Cooperating scientist and plant physiologist, USDA Foreign Disease-Weed Science Research Station, 1983 & 1988
  • Professor, Black Hills Natural Science Field Station, summer 1973
  • Adjunct professor, Augustana College, 1972
  • Science teacher, Shawnee Mission High School, 1961-1967

Research and professional interests

My research has focused on the study of biochemical interactions occurring among plants (allelopathy) with special emphasis on the physiological mechanisms of action of allelochemicals, interactions among these chemical and other environmental stress, and weed-crop interactions. I also have maintained an active interest in research and development of science teaching methods.

Membership in professional societies

  • Phi Delta Kappa
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Phi Delta Kappa
  • Golden Key
  • International Society of Chemical Ecologists (Charter & Life)
  • Weed Science Society of America
  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
  • Missouri Academy of Science
  • Council of Graduate Schools (Institutional Member)
  • Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (Institutional Member)
  • National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA)

Fellowships and awards

  • Fribourg Scholastic Scholarship, Kansas State Univ., 1959
  • NSF Summer Institutes for Science Teachers, 1962-64
  • NSF Summer Fellowships, 1965-67
  • NDEA Fellowship for College Sci. Teacher Prep., 1967-69.
  • NSF Post-Doctorate Fellowship, Summer, 1969

Awards and honors

  • Invited and travel paid by the People’s Republic of China to visit and make presentations at several agricultural universities as an internationally recognized plant scientist in plant-plant chemical interactions, May 2008
  • Invited speaker on allelopathy over 20 international meetings and symposia with funding from the organization
  • Harrington Lecture, "Secrets of Plants and People,"  University of South Dakota College of Arts and Sciences Annual Honorary Lecture, 1991
  • Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award, 1985 ($2,000 award for excellence in teaching & scholarship;  first such award made at USD)
  • Nominated: "Professor of the Year" nomination, by USD to the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, 1981

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