Dr. Joel H. Brendemuhl is a Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences and currently serves in a full-time administrative position as Associate Dean within the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (7/14-present). His current responsibilities include curriculum oversight and development, advisement, academic assessment and enrollment. He also guest lectures, serves on graduate committees and participates in extension programming related to the Florida Swine Industry. Prior to accepting the position as Associate Dean he served the Department of Animal Sciences as Assistant Chair, Undergraduate Coordinator and Graduate Coordinator. He earned his B.S. and M.S in Animal Sciences in 1980 from North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota. In 1985 he completed the Ph.D. degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, in swine nutrition. Immediately upon completion of the Ph.D. he began as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida (UF) teaching nutrition and swine related courses and conducting research in swine nutrition. He has spent his entire professional career at UF moving through the professorial ranks and obtaining full professor in 1999.
He has twice received the Teaching Improvement Program Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (1993 & 1998), been recognized as a Anderson/CLAS Scholar Faculty Honoree (1998, 2001, 2012, & 2014), was recognized as the Teacher of the Year by the Honor Society of Alpha Zeta in 2000, received the Superior Accomplishment Award for Faculty in 2010, was twice nominated for Undergraduate Teacher of the Year in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (2011) and has twice been recognized as the Outstanding Advisor of the Year by the Block and Bridle Club (2009 & 2012). In addition, he was part of a team that received the Outstanding Paper Award at the American Association for Agricultural Education Research Conference (2010), the Outstanding Paper Presentation at the 27th Annual AIAEE Conference (2011) and recognition as a high impact research publication at the 5th Annual Awards Ceremony for UF/IFAS Florida Agricultural Experiment Station (2012).
On the personal side, Joel was born in a North Dakota hospital but lived on a diversified farming operation in west central Minnesota (Moorhead). Joel has participated in 4-H for nine years while growing up on the farm and had both animal and garden projects. Joel married Cheryl (Shari) DeJong on June 4, 1977 and had two beautiful daughters, Renae Lynn Nicolich and Janeen Marie Smart and four beautiful grandchildren. Joel is very active in my church (Harvest Christian Church) where he currently serves as an elder and Treasurer for the church. He enjoys basketball (both playing and watching), racquetball, and spending time with family and friends.