Vice President of Innovation and Strategy
Executive Dean, Colleges of Letters, Arts and Science
Dean, College of Science
Professor of Geosciences
Joaquin Ruiz received his B.S. in Geology and B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Miami in 1977. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Michigan in 1980 and 1983, respectively. From 1982 to 1983 he was Assistant Professor at the University of Miami. In 1983 he joined the University of Arizona Geosciences Department as Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1989 and Professor in 1993. He served as head of the Department of Geosciences from 1995 to 2000. He was appointed Dean of the College of Science in 2000, Executive Dean of the Colleges of Letters, Arts and Science in 2009, and Vice President of Innovation and Strategy in 2013. Dr. Ruiz is past President of the Geological Society of America (2010-2011). He is also a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists, and a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Chemical Society, the Geochemical Society, and the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science. He is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and the Governing Board of the Instituto Nacional de Astronomia, Optica y Electronica in Mexico. He has served as Secretary of the Volcanology Section of the American Geophysical Union, Councillor of the Geological Society of America, and as a National Science Foundation Panel Member for the Instrumentation and Facilities Program and the Centers for Excellence in Science and Technology Program. He has served as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Science, Geology, ReVista, and Geofísica International of the Institute of Geology, UNAM. As a scientist with equal abilities in chemistry and in geology, Dr. Ruiz addresses many first-order problems in the Earth Sciences, such as the development of new isotope systems for studying ore deposits and the tectonic processes involved in the growth and evolution of Mexico. His research team addresses problems ranging from the origins of life to present-day climate change.
Op Ed Pieces
Immigration Law Jeopardizes University Collaboration
Science, July 30, 2010
The faculty and students that comprise an educational community, whether on a single university campus or across international borders, represent a social model built upon diversity of culture, ethnicity, and ideas.
Tumamoc Hill and Tucson: We Need Each Other
The Arizona Daily Star, July 18, 2010
July 20, 1960, was the magic day when the University of Arizona bought Tumamoc Hill from the U.S. Forest Service. On this 50th anniversary of the UA's ownership of Tumamoc Hill, we have much to celebrate and much yet to accomplish.
Universities Need Support
The Arizona Republic, May 17, 2010
Public universities are like the canary in the coal mine. As public universities go, so will our way of life.
Research Universities Enrich State
The Arizona Daily Star, August 12, 2009
The budget for the University of Arizona - considered one of the 25 best research universities in the nation - was cut by the Legislature this year by $76 million. In discussions with legislators, the question often arises: Why does Arizona need research universities?
Arizona Needs to Work Hard to Keep Lead in Science
The Arizona Republic, April 11, 2009
With the bursting of the housing bubble and the subsequent economic meltdown, Arizona must diversify its economy, and it's in a very strong position to do that in one particular area: science. Arizona is already a global leader, but it needs to build on that strength, not retreat.