Dr. Jen Staiger is Associate Provost for Mount St. Mary’s University Campus in Frederick. Dr. Staiger received a B.S in Biology with a concentration in Biotechnology from University of Delaware in 1993 and a Ph.D in Pathobiology from the Uniformed Services University of Health Science in 1999. She grew up in Baltimore and has lived and worked in Frederick County since 2000. Dr. Staiger began her career as a post-doctoral fellow at the Center of Cancer Research at the NCI-Frederick in 2000. She worked in Dr. Peter Johnson’s Laboratory investigating the role of a family of transcription factors called C/EBPs in inflammation and cancer. In 2004, Dr. Staiger was hired as an Assistant Professor of Biology at Mount St. Mary’s University, where she taught courses such as biology, microbiology, molecular biology and cancer biology. Dr. Staiger has also published research papers in journals such as Cancer Research and Journal of Biological Chemistry and been awarded a variety of NSF and foundation grants. These grants have supported the research of honors and undergraduate students in her laboratory, investigating the transcriptional regulation of inflammation during stroke.
Since arriving at Mount Saint Mary’s University as an Assistant Professor fourteen years ago, Dr. Staiger has had a record of consistently effective performance resulting in increasing responsibility and promotion. She received tenure in 2011 and was promoted to full professor in 2016. In addition to twelve years of work as a researcher and educator, she has also held several administrative positions at Mount St. Mary’s University. She served five years as Director of the University Honors Program, four years as Chair of the Science Department and one year as Interim Dean of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics (SNSM) before being selected as the Associate Provost of Graduate, Professional and Continuing Education for the Mount’s Frederick Campus last July. Through this growth process Dr. Staiger acquired administrative and scientific management skills necessary to implement strategic scientific research and operations initiatives. As Department Chair and then Dean of Science she administered one of largest divisions at the University, managed staffing issues, oversaw promotion and tenure of faculty, developed new curricula at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, led faculty in grant writing and research efforts and directed departmental and school budgets.
Dr. Staiger is thought of as a transparent decision maker that frequently brings all the players together to make decisions that affect student learning at the University. In this way, she has been able to work through the myriad of issues related to the build out of our new Center of Computing, Cybersecurity and Data (C3D), as well as the development of new curricula in data science, cybersecurity, sustainability and neuroscience. Externally, Dr. Staiger has focused significant time and energy on building relationships in the Frederick region. She has developed relationships and partnerships with Alizee Pathology, Astra-Zeneca, Leidos Biomedical Sciences, National Cancer Institute, Dunbar, Frederick Memorial Hospital, FITC, Waystation and Wellspan Health. She has worked to finalize an affiliation agreement with Wellspan Health and worked with a team at the University on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Frederick Memorial Hospital which led to a plan for an Urgent Care Facility in Northern Frederick County, health care services to MSMU students and internship opportunities for science majors in the Health Professions. In addition, she has developed articulations/MOUs with Hood College, Thomas Jefferson University, Astra Zeneca, Leidos Biomedical and Waystation. Dr. Staiger looks forward to continuing to help the Mount build relationships and work with community partners to help make Frederick County an ideal place to live, work and learn for students of all ages, backgrounds and disciplines.