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R. Craig Schnell, Ph.D.

118M Sudro Hall 

Office Phone: 701.231.8838
Fax: 701.231.7606

Complete Vita

Dr. Schnell came to the NDSU campus in August 1985 when he was named Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. He assumed the duties of interim Vice President in 1995, and was named Vice President in 1997. In August 2002, Dr. Schnell was named Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. In 2011, Schnell left the provost's office to return to the faculty.  Schnell served as chair of the Department of Pharmacodynamics and Toxicology in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He also was the Chief of Toxicology at the U.S. Army's Fort Baker from 1969 to 1971. 

Schnell earned a bachelors of science degree in pharmacy at South Dakota State University in 1965. He earned a master's in 1967 and a doctorate in 1969 in pharmacology/toxicology from Purdue University.

Schnell's research publications include 74 journal articles, six review manuscripts, 66 abstracts, 12 invited presentations, four books or book chapters, and seven book reviews. He has served as a member of three editorial boards, as an associate editor, and as a reviewer for 20 scientific journals.

Purdue University, IN, Pharmacology/Toxicology, Ph.D., 1969
Purdue University, IN, Pharmacology/Toxicology, M.S., 1967
South Dakota State University, SD, Pharmacy (Highest Honor), B.S., 1965

North Dakota State University, ND, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Toxicology) (2011-present)
North Dakota State University, ND, Vice President for Academic Affairs (1995 - 2011); Provost (2002 - 2011)
North Dakota State University, ND, Dean for Graduate Studies and Research Administration (1985 - 1995)
University of Nebraska Medical Center, NE, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacodynamics and Toxicology in the College of Pharmacy (1979 - 1985)
Purdue University, IN, Associate Professor of Pharmacology with Tenure (1975 - 1979); Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, (1972 - 1975) Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, School of Pharmacy
Washington State University, WA, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, College of Pharmacy (1971 - 1972)
U.S. ARMY, Ft. Baker, CA, Chief of Toxicology, Military Rank: Captain (1969 - 1971)


  • Peer Reviewed Manuscripts – 74
  • Abstracts – 67
  • Invited Presentations – 12
  • Books and Contributions – 4
  • Book Reviews - 6


  • Army Investigation Drug Review Board; The Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Army Research and Development Command
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • National Institute of General Medical Sciences
  • Peer Review, Health Effects Research Laboratory (HERL), Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati,
  • Member, Environmental Health Sciences Review Committee, National Institute for Environmental Health
  • Consultant for several industrial firms (Sandoz, UES, Eastern Research Group, Life Systems)


  • Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
  • Fundamental and Applied Toxicology (Associate Editor)
  • Toxicology and Environmental Health


  • Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology 
  • Radiation Research
  • Psychopharmacology 
  • The Journal of Nutrition
  • Science          
  • Journal of Toxicology and Environmental
  • Molecular Pharmacology 
  • Journal of Pharmacology Experimental
  • Biochemical Pharmacology 
  • American Journal of Pharmaceutical
  • Life Sciences 
  • Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
  • Chemico-Biological Interactions 
  • Cancer Research
  • Toxicology 
  • Cell Biology and Toxicology
  • Fundamental and Applied Toxicology 
  • Drug-Nutrient Interactions
  • Federation Proceedings 
  • Biochemical Toxicology

Blue Key Doctor of Service, NDSU, 2001
Distinguished Alumnus, South Dakota State University, SD (2004)
Distinguished Alumnus, Purdue University, IN (1998)
BURROUGHS-WELLCOME Scholar in Toxicology (1983-1988)
Henry Heine Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching, School of Pharmacy, Purdue University, IN (1975)
Kappa Psi Grand Council Scholarship Key, South Dakota State University, SD (1965)


  • American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (1976)
  • Society of Toxicology (1977)
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (1971)
  • National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC) (1985)
  • Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education (CRPGE)
  • Council on Academic Affairs (CAA)


  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association
  • American Cancer Society
  • Purdue Research Foundation
  • National Institute of Health - Environmental Health Sciences
  • National Institute of Health - General Medical Sciences
  • University of Nebraska Foundation
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
  • U.S. Department of Interior - Geological Survey
  • Sandoz Research Foundation
  • The Burroughs-Wellcome Fund
  • U.S.G.S.: North Dakota Water Resources Research Institute
  • NDSU Advance FORWARD (2008-2013)

Pharmacology - B, M, D Health, other
Toxicology - B, M, D Pharmacy

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