Steven W. Runge, Ph. D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Wingo Hall 213
Dr. Steven Runge joined the University of Central Arkansas as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology in 1991, earning the rank of Associate Professor in 1995 and the rank of Professor 2004. Dr. Runge began his foray into administration in 2003 when he was appointed Interim Chair of the Department of Biology, with a subsequent appointment to the Chair’s position in 2004. He served in this capacity until 2009 when he was appointed as Interim Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM) and he assumed the position of Dean of the College in July 2010. In March of 2012, Dr. Runge was asked to serve as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Dr. Runge is a 1986 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where he majored in Biology, Chemistry and Human Adaptability (Humans in the Environment). He followed his undergraduate training with graduate work at The Ohio State University where he earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1991. Dr. Runge joined the faculty of UCA shortly after completing his Ph.D. studies.
Dr. Runge has developed and taught courses in molecular and cellular biology and he maintains an active research program studying cell death mechanisms in cultured breast cancer cells. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Arkansas STEM Coalition, as the UCA representative on the Arkansas INBRE Steering Committee and as a member of the Board of Directors for Life Long Learners, Inc.. He is married to Dr. Nilu Runge (also a biochemist) and they have two children (Monica who is a UCA junior majoring in Biology-Pre-Veterinary medicine & Sabrina who is a freshman fine arts major at UCA).