Focused Hiring Practice Launches New Program
John Williams is a biotechnology research specialist in the Darr College of Agriculture.
Originally from the Kansas City area, John came to MSU as a member of a faculty cohort
cluster hire. He and other members of the cohort joined Missouri State to strengthen
its focus on sustainability and STEM programs. Members of his cohort hold faculty
appointments across campus.
John found his calling in plant science research and is pursuing his doctoral degree.
His research focus is on developing drought-tolerant food crops. He values the opportunity
to participate in research at MSU with some of the world’s leading scholars in biotechnology.
Recently, John, who has trouble walking long distances, experienced advances in fieldwork
practice. Differing technologies have provided access to field research, including
the use of drones. He and his students can catalog data without having to travel on
foot to each test site. John now uses a drone to view soil conditions, measure vegetation
growth and gather samples.
Whether in the lab or in the field, John respects Missouri State’s commitment to sustainability
and sees progress being made in the areas surrounding STEM programs.
- Cluster hires allow the university to quickly launch new programs.
- Greater use of technology improves accessibility.