Kevin Steffey Chosen as New Editor-in-Chief of American Entomologist

Career entomologist and extension educator to take helm of ESA magazine in 2018

Kevin L. Steffey, Ph.D.

Annapolis, MD; June 28, 2017—The next editor-in-chief of American Entomologist, the quarterly magazine of the Entomological Society of America, will be Kevin L. Steffey, Ph.D., retired professor of entomology and extension educator at the University of Illinois, as well as retired technology transfer leader with Dow AgroSciences.

The ESA Governing Board has approved Steffey's appointment to succeed Gene Kritsky, Ph.D., who is stepping down as editor-in-chief after a distinguished term of a service. Kritsky, professor and dean of the School of Behavioral and Natural Sciences at Mount St. Joseph University, informed ESA in late 2016 of his intent to relinquish the role at the end of 2017. The American Entomologist Editorial Board then launched an open search for Kritsky's successor in January 2017.

"I am pleased to share that the ESA Governing Board has appointed Dr. Kevin Steffey as editor-in-chief to lead the next chapter in the evolution of American Entomologist," says ESA President Susan J. Weller, Ph.D. "He brings energy and a commitment to reach new readers while building upon the legacy of former editor Gene Kritsky."

Steffey will carry the experience of a nearly 40-year career devoted to teaching insect science in academic, extension, and industry settings into his role at the helm of American Entomologist. He has also previously served in editorial and publishing roles at ESA, other scientific societies, and the University of Illinois—including several years as a contributing editor to American Entomologist and the past eight years as founding co-editor-in-chief of ESA's Journal of Integrated Pest Management (JIPM).

"Dr. Steffey is well-prepared for this role. His broad entomological background, extensive network, and previous society leadership experience make him uniquely qualified for the position. The Editorial Board looks forward to working with Dr. Steffey to increase the visibility and influence of American Entomologist," says Marc Fisher, Ph.D., global technology transfer leader at Dow AgroSciences and chair of the American Entomologist Editorial Board.

"The Editorial Board also thanks Dr. Kritsky for his many years of dedicated service to ESA as the editor-in-chief of American Entomologist. Dr. Kritsky built upon the foundation that was handed off to him and expanded, significantly, American Entomologist's impact."

Steffey's five-year term as American Entomologist editor-in-chief will begin January 1, 2018. Concurrently, he will step down from his role with JIPM; co-editor-in-chief Marlin Rice, Ph.D., will continue as solo editor-in-chief of JIPM.

"I am very excited about this new opportunity to serve the ESA and its membership," says Steffey. "I am saddened to leave my editor-in-chief role with JIPM, but I know that the journal is in great hands with Marlin, the editorial board, the subject editors, and the ESA staff. I look forward to my new role with American Entomologist and promise to uphold the outstanding dedication and vision provided by previous editors."

Steffey spent 30 years as a professor and extension specialist at the University of Illinois, from 1979 to 2009, with the Office of Agricultural Entomology, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, and Department of Crop Sciences. From 2009 to 2016, he worked as technology transfer leader, insect management, at Dow AgroSciences in Indianapolis. He holds three degrees in entomology, from Purdue University (B.S., 1972), University of Missouri (M.S., 1975), and Iowa State University (Ph.D., 1979). Steffey served as ESA President from 2003 to 2004, and he was named an ESA Fellow in 2008 and an ESA Honorary Member in 2011.

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