Extreme animal lover, semi-pro musician, voracious reader and writer, dedicated educator, authentic lifelong learner, and deeply committed to leadership as service.

William (Bill) Siebold

Learning & Leadership for Humans

Professional Summary

Results-driven, highly successful professional with a notable background in managing first-rate academic programs. Knows what it takes to design and deliver curriculum to students from diverse backgrounds, enhance the overall student experience, and assess whether courses and programs generate intended student learning outcomes. Applies solid communication, interpersonal, and research skills across all organizational levels – and offers an unwavering commitment to consistently perform at the highest level of professional excellence.

Critical Analysis


Leadership as Service


Intuitive Reasoning


Strategic Budgeting | Planning


Issue Analysis | Resolution


Integrative Collaborations


Institutional Effectiveness | Metrics Analysis


Learning Management Systems | Student Information Systems


Assessment | Continuous Improvement


On the job:


I work with problems of practice that have genuine consequences for people’s lives, integrating continuous improvement in the day-to-day work of individuals.


I show compassion for the integrity and well-being of all individuals, creating opportunities for enriched connections that contribute to building an enlightened community of excellence and success.


I develop great questions while searching paths less traveled for outstanding solutions and innovative futures.


I reduce the gap between research and reality.


I provide leadership directing, designing, implementing, assessing, and revising programs, projects, processes, services and operations impacting organizational success and mission fulfillment (big believer in a great mission statement)


I assume responsibility and accountability for long-range strategies, real-time operations, mediating and negotiating solutions, staff engagement and development.


I analyze and articulate program resource needs based on robust data, intuitive reasoning and collaborative, strategic negotiation of budget.


I investigate, mediate and resolve diverse and sometimes complex conflicts, grievances, and complaints related to the conduct and relationships of staff.


I cut through prevarication, denial and the hubris of isolated arrogance. I say no to comfortable fictions, bureaucratic trivia and minor duplicities. I make it real.


I keep the moving parts moving. I do the hard work.


B.S. Geology

Oregon State University 1981

A.A.S. Chemical Technology

Alfred State University 1995

Selected Publications, Presentations and Curricula

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Morris RM, Rappé MS, Connon SA, Vergin KL, Siebold WA, Carlson CA, Giovannoni SJ. SAR11 clade dominates ocean surface bacterioplankton communities. Nature. 2002 Dec 19-26;420(6917):806-10.

The most abundant class of bacterial ribosomal RNA genes detected in seawater DNA by gene cloning belongs to SAR11-an alpha-proteobacterial clade. Other than indications of their prevalence in seawater, little is known about these organisms. Here we report quantitative measurements of the cellular abundance of the SAR11 clade in northwestern Sargasso Sea waters to 3,000 m and in Oregon coastal surface waters. On average, the SAR11 clade accounts for a third of the cells present in surface waters and nearly a fifth of the cells present in the mesopelagic zone. In some regions, members of the SAR11 clade represent as much as 50% of the total surface microbial community and 25% of the subeuphotic microbial community. By extrapolation, we estimate that globally there are 2.4 x 10(28) SAR11 cells in the oceans, half of which are located in the euphotic zone. Although the biogeochemical role of the SAR11 clade remains uncertain, these data support the conclusion that this microbial group is among the most successful organisms on Earth.

Trempy, Janine E., Monica M Skinner and William A Siebold. "Learning Microbiology Through Cooperation: Designing Cooperative Learning Activities that Promote Interdependence, Interaction, and Accountability." Microbiology Education 3.1 (2002): 26‐36.

A microbiology course and its corresponding learning activities have been structured according to the Cooperative Learning Model. This course, The World According to Microbes, integrates science, math, engineering, and technology (SMET) majors and non-SMET majors into teams of students charged with problem solving activities that are microbial in origin. In this study we describe development of learning activities that utilize key components of Cooperative Learning—positive interdependence, promotive interaction, individual accountability, teamwork skills, and group processing. Assessments and evaluations over an 8-year period demonstrate high retention of key concepts in microbiology and high student satisfaction with the course.

Curricula and Courses

Curricula Designed

Sustainable Design 2008
Web Design & Interactive Media 2008
Graphic & Web Design 2012
College Mathematics 2013
Writing 2015
Software Development for Creative Arts 2015


ECOL201 Ecology
EVS111 Environmental Science
SOC221 Intro to Sustainability
HUM372 Environmental Ethics
HST341 History of Environmental Movement
DMG493 Sustainable Supply Chains

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

MTH104 College Mathematics
BI393A Great Plagues
BI231 Biomechanics
BIOL1100 Concepts in Biology & Human Concerns
BIOL4000 Fundamentals of Biological Imaging
CHEM4500 Chemical Microscopy
GEOL111 Introduction to Earth Science
GEOL393 The Great Volcanoes
MB230 Introductory Microbiology
MB310 Bacterial Molecular Genetics
MB390 World According to Microbes
CS105 Internet Concepts
PHY131 Astronomy
BI293x Molecules and Motives


HUM101 Design Foundations
ICOR490 Senior Seminar

Web Design & Interactive Media

WDIM377 Foundation Portfolio
WDIM427 Digital Portfolio
WDIM351 Rapid Web Development
WDIM253 Pre-Production
WDIM380 Site Development

Media Arts & Animation

GA377 Foundation Portfolio
MA491 Senior Studio I
MA492 Senior Studio II

Selected Presentations

Siebold, W.A., Ward, N.J., Scrimenti, J., Neeck, A.: “Invigorating a sense of student ownership of their learning through self‐development of an Individualized Strategic Plan for Academic Success.” at 2016 Student Success and Retention Conference (Oregon Council of Student Services Administrators and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission): (Thursday February 4, 2016

Siebold, W.A. Small Group Learning in the Biological Sciences: Group-to-Individual Transfer of Subject Content & Meaningful Learning. Biological Sciences Department Seminar. (2004). Idaho State University.

M. Day, R. Horton, N. Anderson, A. Runck, W. Siebold, M. Brandon, P. P. Sheridan, M. Shields. Biology Youth Research Program: Developing Mentors for PreCollege Learning Experiences. Abstract and Poster. (2003). Idaho State University.

Siebold, W. A. Optical Microscopy and Biological Imaging: A Plan for the Molecular Research Core's Imaging Facility. Biological Sciences Department Seminar. (2003). Idaho State University.

Siebold, W.A. The Digital Bridge: an integrated digital infrastructure linking teaching, research and outreach. Biological Sciences Department Seminar. (2004). Idaho State University.

Skinner, M. M., D. Miller, D. Fulleton, W. Siebold, J.E. Trempy. Lon-Substrate Interactions: The Role of the N-terminus. Abstract and Poster. (2002). American Society of Microbiology 102nd General Meeting, Salt Lake City.

Cho, J.C., C. Alexander, S. A. Connon, W. A. Siebold, S. J. Giovannoni. Screening Cell-Arrays by Laser Scanning Cytometry. Abstract and Poster. (2002). American Society of Microbiology 102n General Meeting, Salt Lake City.

Connon, S. A., M. Rappe, K. Vergin, R. Morris, J.C. Cho, \V. A. Siebold, C. Alexander, L. Young, J. McGregor, and S. J. Giovannoni. Microbial discovery by high throughput culturing. Abstract and Poster. (2001). Center for Gene Research and Biotechnology, Oregon State University. Annual Fall Retreat.

Siebold, W. A. High Resolution Digital Imaging of Marine Bacteria. Public presentation in partial satisfaction of Master of Science requirements, April 2, 2001. (Thesis Defense).

Siebold, W.A. Molecular Oceanography: Discovering Microbial Diversity in the World's Oceans. Presentation. (2000). Alfred State University Honors College Visiting Lecturer Series. (Invited Lecture).

Siebold, W.A. Bacteria that Eat Rocks. Da Vinci Day Exploration of Earth Science Lecture Series. Corvallis, OR Public presentation. (1999). (Invited Lecture).

Siebold, W. A. Molecular Oceanography: The Axial Rapid Response Expedition. Oregon State University. Public presentation. (1998). (Invited Lecture).

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