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Rebecca Sommer, Ph.D.

Rebecca Sommer

Assistant Dean, School of Health Sciences and Wellness
D127 Science Building


  • Ph.D. in Pharmacology, UW-Madison
  • B.S. in Pharmacology and Toxicology, UW-Madison


Rebecca was named the first assistant dean of the new School of Health Sciences and Wellness in July 2020. Prior to this role, Rebecca served as the head of the School of Health Care Professions (SHCP) and associate dean in the College of Professional Studies from August 2017-June 2020.

Rebecca was a tenured faculty member at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. She has taught pharmacology, toxicology, cancer biology, general biology and topical seminar courses while conducting research funded by the National Institutes of Health. Rebecca was awarded over $1.2 million in research funds from 2002-12. Her most recent investigations examined the mechanisms by which developmental arsenic exposure increases obesity and alters glucose homeostasis in mice. Her success in conducting nationally recognized research lead her to actively mentoring faculty researchers at primarily undergraduate institutions in the IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence Programs in Rhode Island and New Hampshire.

Prior to being named head of SHCP, Rebecca served as the academic adviser in SCHP for four years with the mission to help students better understand the many professional opportunities in health care. Rebecca, together with the faculty and staff of SHCP, is devoted to increasing the number of quality educational experiences available to students pursuing careers in health care.


  • HS 105 - Survey of Common Diseases
  • HS 320 - Environment, Health & Technology

Professional Academic Positions

  • 2020-present: Assistant Dean, School of Health Sciences and Wellness, UW-Stevens Point
  • 2017-2020: Head, School of Health Care Professions, UW-Stevens Point
  • 2013-17: Academic Adviser, School of Health Care Professions, UW-Stevens Point
  • 1998-2013: Associate Professor, Biology Department, Bates College
  • 2010-12: Chair of Environmental Studies Program, Bates College
  • 2009-12: Consultant, Rhode Island IDeA Network of Biomedical Research
  • 2007-12: External Graduate School Faculty, Univ. of Maine
  • 2003-12: Adjunct Faculty, Bioscience Research Institute, Univ. of Southern Maine
  • 2003: Visiting Scientist, Univ. of New Mexico, School of Pharmacy
  • 1992-98: Graduate Research Assistant, School of Pharmacy, UW-Madison
  • 1994-97: Nursing Pharmacology Lecturer, Edgewood College

Selected Awards

  • 2011 - Donna Jones Moritsugu Memorial Award recognizing professionalism and family life
  • 2010 - Research Advisor of Annie Carlton, awarded a Beckman Scholarship for Undergraduate Research and a Pfizer Undergraduate Award
  • 2007 - Research Advisor of Kay Gonsalves, awarded a Pfizer Undergraduate Award
  • 1998 - Samuel C. Johnson Distinguished Fellowship for Graduate Research
  • 1995 - Society of Toxicology Graduate Student Award
  • 1993 - Oscar Rennebohm Award for Outstanding Teaching as a Graduate Assistant
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