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Dr. Jeff Ploegstra

Dean for Foundational & Health Sciences/Professor of Biology

Dr. Jeff Ploegstra serves as Dean for Foundational and Health Sciences at Dordt University. He provides leadership for the people and programs in Foundational and Health Sciences, including:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Studies
  • Health and Human Performance
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Nursing

Dr. Ploegstra guides the development and implementation of Dordt’s Core Program, including leading the Core Program Committee. In addition, he has worked as a professor of biology and environmental studies at Dordt since 2009.

His research interests include population genetics of native prairies, perennial crop development, and probiotics.


  • Ph.D. in Biology / Science Education, University of Iowa, 2008.
  • MA in Science Teacher Education / General Science Teacher Education, University of Iowa, 2004.
  • MS in Biology, University of Iowa, 2002.
  • BS in Biology, Dordt University, 1999.

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