Gerald Van Dyke, PhD

C. Gerald Van Dyke, PhD 

Professor of Botany Emeritus       

Brief Vitae 1/2013

Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor of Botany 

Email: cgv [at] 

History and Family:

  • Born: February 4, 1941 - Effingham, Illinois
  • Family: 5 daughters, 19 Grandchildren


  • B. S. in Education, Eastern Illinois University 1963 - Botany
  • M.S. & Ph.D., University of Illinois 1966 & 1968 - Plant Pathology

Professional Experience:

  • 1968-2006   Professor of Botany & Plant Pathology, Teaching and Research at NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY

Graduate Courses:

  • The Fungi and Biological Control of Weeds

Undergraduate Courses: 

  • Intro. Biology
  • Plant Life
  • Kingdom of Fungi


  • Biocontrol of Weeds
  • Fungal Ultrastructure & Host-parasite Interactions

Memberships in Professional Societies:

  • American Phytopathological Society
  • North Carolina Academy of Science
  • Creation Research Society
  • Society of Sigma Xi
  • Mycological Society of America
  • Weed Science Soc. of NC   

Teaching and Advising Awards & Grants:  

  • University Outstanding Teacher 1994-1995 (NCSU)
  • Member of Academy of Outstanding Teachers
  • Teaching Fellow National Association of College of Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA)
  • Outstanding Faculty Adviser  (NCSU, College of Ag. & Life Sciences) 1995-96
  • Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor, NCSU 1995
  • Board of Governors' Award for Excellence in Teaching 2005-2006 (Highest teaching award given in the UNC University System)

University and Department of Botany Activities:

  • Graduate Director (1990-97)
  • Teaching Coordinator
  • Undergraduate Advisor
  • scheduling officer
  • various committees related to research and teaching (locally and nationally)

Scientific Activities:

  • Over 50 articles and abstracts including a book chapter
  • Many presentations at scientific meetings including, VII International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds (Rome, Italy, 1988)

Other Activities:

  • Numerous Bible and Creation studies, seminars, conferences, readings, etc. 
  • Secretary/Treasurer Board of Ladakh Development Foundation, Mission program to India
  • Faculty Adviser to Campus Crusade for Christ at NCSU for 25 years
  • Past Chairman (presently Board Member) of Triangle Association for Science of Creation (TASC)
  • Active creation speaker in churches, civic groups, public & private schools, colleges, universities, for past 40+ years
  • Volunteering at
  • Active Wood Carver