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Michael Toews (Toews rhymes with Dave’s) received a BS in biology from Fort Hays State University followed by an MS and PhD in entomology from Oklahoma State University. After post-doctoral fellowships at Kansas State University and the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, he joined the faculty at the University of Georgia in 2006 as a research entomologist with responsibilities in applied insect ecology and cotton pest management. In subsequent years, Dr. Toews picked up Extension specialist responsibilities for stored product entomology, teaching responsibilities in graduate level insect ecology and Co-Director responsibilities at the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health. Dr. Toews was appointed assistant dean in March 2020. The 2015 Southeastern Branch recipient of the Entomological Society of America Award for Excellence in Integrated Pest Management, Toews has served on 27 graduate student committees (13 as major professor), and secured $16 million dollars in competitive grant funding.