College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences

Kimberlee Kae Kidwell


Acting Dean/CAHNRS

423 Hulbert Hall
PO Box 646243
Pullman WA 99164-6243 USA
Phone 509-335-4562
FAX 509-335-1065






  • Ph.D.1992: Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • M.S.1989: Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • B.S.1986: Agriculture Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
  • B.S.1985: Genetics and Development, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

As acting dean since July 2015, Dr. Kimberlee Kidwell leads the largest college in the WSU system. Her leadership is defined by dedication to improving student learning; driving sound, innovative research; and cultivating industry partnerships to improve the lives and livelihoods of the residents of Washington, in support of the land-grant mission of WSU.

Previously the executive associate dean and the associate dean of academic programs in the same college, Dr. Kidwell has guided efforts within CAHNRS to revamp classes to better serve students and their learning environment. She has spearheaded the development of the new WSU Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership, a student, faculty, alumni, and industry partner collaboration which provides beyond-the-classroom experiences for students and leadership development for graduate students and professionals.

Dr. Kidwell also excels in the classroom where she has developed and taught one of the most popular classes at WSU: Human Development 205: Developing Effective Communication and Life Skills. Using hands-on experiences, the course focuses on human behavior while cultivating communication and leadership skills. In addition, Dr. Kidwell also served for 15 years as the spring wheat breeder at WSU, which lead to two patented discoveries, as well as the development of more than twenty wheat varieties for Washington State farmers.

Dr. Kidwell has been recognized with numerous honors and awards for her hard work in research, teaching, and leadership. Dr. Kidwell holds Master and Ph.D. degrees in plant breeding and plant genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as two bachelor’s degrees in genetics and development and agriculture sciences from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Selected Publications

Carter, A.H., S.E. Cambron, H.W. Ohm, N. Bosque-Pèrez and K.K. Kidwell. 2014. Identifying molecular markers associated with Hessian fly (Mayetiola destructor [Say]) resistance in the spring wheat (Tricitum aestivum) cultivar ‘Louise’. Crop Science 54:1-11.

Martinez, S.A., E.C. Schramm, T.J. Harris, K.K. Kidwell, K Garland-Campbell and C.M. Steber. 2014. Registration of Zak ERA8 Soft White Spring Wheat Germplasm with Enhanced Response to ABA and Increased Seed Dormancy. Journal of Plant Registrations 8: 2: 217-220.

Schramm, E.C., S.K. Nelson, K.K. Kidwell, and C.M Steber. 2013. Increased AFA Sensitivity Results in Higher Seed Dormancy in Soft White Spring Wheat Cultivar ‘Zak. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 126:791-803.

Lauer, J., C. Bijl, A. Grusak, S. Baenziger, K. Boote, S. Lingle, T. Carter, S. Kaeppler, R. Boerma, G. Eizenga, P. Carter, M. Goodman, E. Nafziger, K. Kidwell, R. Mitchell, M.D. Edgerton, K. Quesenberry, and M.C. Willcox. 2012. The scientific grand challenges of the 21st century for Crop Science Society of America. Crop Science Crop Science 52:1-7.

Carter, A.H., D.K. Santra, and K.K. Kidwell. 2012. Assessment of the effect of the GPC-B1allele on senescence rate, grain protein concentration and mineral content in hard red spring wheat (Triticum aestivum ) from the Pacific Northwest region of the USA. Plant Breeding 131:62-68

Kidwell, K.K., G.B. Shelton, V.L. DeMacon, X. Chen, J.S. Kuehner, B.-K. Baik, D.A. Engle, and N.A. Bosque-Perez. Registration of ‘Babe’ wheat. Journal of Plant Registrations 6:1-5. Plant Variety Protection Number 201100010.

Santra, M., N. Ankrah, D.K. Santra and K.K. Kidwell.  2012. An improved wheat microspore culture technique for the production of double haploid plants.  Crop Science 52:1-7.

Carter A.H., K. Garland-Campbell, C. Morris, and K.K. Kidwell. 2012. Chromosomes 3B and 4D are associated with several milling and baking quality traits in a soft white spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) population. Theoretical and Applied Genetics DOI: 10.1007/s0122-011-1770-x.

Carter, A.H., D.K. Santra, and K.K. Kidwell. 2011. Assessment of the effect of the GPC-B1allele on senescence rate, grain protein concentration and mineral content in hard red spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) from the Pacific Northwest region of the USA. Plant Breeding DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0523.2011.01900.x

Carter, A.H., K. Garland-Campbell, and K.K. Kidwell. 2011. Genetic mapping of quantitative trait loci associated with important agronomic traits in the spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) cross ‘Louise’ by ‘Penawawa’. Crop Science 51:84-95.


Wheat researchers honored – Two named American Society of Agronomy fellows

PULLMAN, Wash. – Two Washington State University wheat researchers are among 18 scientists named American Society of Agronomy fellows for 2012. Kim Kidwell and Kimberly Garland-Campbell will be recognized at the society’s annual meetings in Cincinnati next week. (Read more)

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