Office of the Dean

Welcome to Culver-Stockton College

“At Culver-Stockton, we believe the world is our classroom. We are committed to the proposition that students must connect classroom learning with real-world experiences in order to develop the knowledge base, practical and intellectual skills and work ethic so heavily in demand in our complex 21st century world. As the College’s chief academic officer, I promise you that we have a worthwhile challenge awaiting you at Culver-Stockton. We spare no effort to provide the rich, diverse and meaningful academic experiences that will prepare you not merely for a first job after college but for a broader horizon — a life of learning and the personal fulfillment and professional success that it makes possible.”  — Dr. Lauren Schellenberger, dean and vice president of academic affairs.

Dr. Lauren Schellenberger has been the dean of the College and vice president for academic affairs since May 2019. Schellenberger was appointed interim vice president for academic affairs and the dean of the College in June 2018, replacing Daniel Silber. She is only the second woman to be the dean since the position was created in 1920.

The vice president for academic affairs and dean plays a key role in leading the faculty and community in concert with the College's strategic plan, providing vision and direction for enhancing student success, academic programs and curricular innovation. The vice president for academic affairs and dean oversees the College's three academic divisions, as well as the library, marketing and public relations, career services, registrar, first-year experience, honors programs and study abroad.

Schellenberger joined the faculty at C-SC in the fall of 2008 as an assistant professor of biology, then became a tenured associate professor in 2014 before becoming the chair of the Applied Liberal Arts and Sciences division. Some of Schellenberger’s work has been published in scholarly journals such as Science Education and the International Journal of Science Education. She’s a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission, the regional accrediting body for 19 states, and she participated in the Senior Leadership Academy through the Council of Independent Colleges in 2016-17. She received the Helsabeck Prize for Excellence in Teaching from C-SC in 2016 and the Walter S. Reuling Prize for Innovation in Student Learning from C-SC in 2011.

Schellenberger received her bachelor’s degree in crop science-plant protection from the University of Illinois in 2001. She received her master’s degree in botany and plant pathology from Purdue University in 2003, and she received her doctorate in biology education from Purdue in 2009.

Schellenberger and history professor Scott Giltner have led more than 100 students in study abroad courses to Belize and Guatemala since 2010. She helped establish an ongoing relationship with a school in Belize and a children's program in Guatemala, and the students she accompanies have completed service projects at these locations and raised funds for school supplies and scholarships. 

She is the treasurer of the Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. She has made presentations at locations such as Bogotá, Colombia and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Schellenberger has been a member of the Canton Branch of the American Association of University Women since 2009 and once served as the vice president. She also has been a member of the Canton Area Arts Council since 2008, and she’s member of the City of Canton Tree Board. Before starting her career in higher education, Schellenberger was an independent contractor for Bayer CropScience and BASF Corporation in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

Schellenberger lives in Canton, Mo., with her husband, Steve. They have two boys.