April M. Boulton, Ph.D. is the Dean of the Graduate School at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland USA. She received her Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California, Davis, her master’s in animal behavior from Bucknell University, and her bachelor’s degree (liberally trained with a double major in psychology and classics) from Centre College in Danville, KY.
Boulton has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in insect ecology, climate change and environmental science, in general, since starting at Hood in 2006. An insect ecologist by training, she has published in several peer-reviewed scientific journals and was awarded (2014-2016) a research grant by the USDA to investigate control measures for the small-hive beetle, a pest of the commercial honeybee. Given her pollinator work, April was recently instrumental in the passage of the Maryland Pollinator Protection Act, which also resulted in her appearance on the Kojo Nmandi radio show and an article in the Washington Post.
Prior to her Hood appointment, Dr. Boulton served as an instructor, curriculum developer and new-faculty mentor for UMUC. Due to her online experience, she has developed and continues to facilitate two fully online trainings for Hood faculty interested in alternative, online delivery modes. She has given workshops in online delivery for the CTL and has trained 50+ Hood faculty from an array of departments, like CS/IT, foreign languages, nursing, education, and psychology. For all of her professional accomplishments and exceptional service to the College and its students, Dr. Boulton was awarded the Henry P. and Page Laughlin Faculty Professional Achievement Award May 2014.