- Herman Frederic Lieber Award (1990)
K. Michael Foos joined the faculty at IU East in the School of Science as associate professor of biology in 1983. He was promoted to professor and the title of chair of the Division of Natural Science and Mathematics was added in 1987. The following year, he was recommended for tenure. Foos retired from IU East in 2008, with the title professor emeritus of biology.
Foos received a B.S. in education and an M.S. and Ph.D. in biological science from The Ohio State University. He taught at Lake Erie College (Painesville, Ohio) as an associate professor of biology before coming to IU East. The study of the Pilobolus fungi has been Foos's research focus. This genus of fungi is eaten by herbivores after being released from spores to the surrounding vegetation.
Foos received a collaborative grant to support his research from the National Association of Biology Teachers, the American Society for Microbiology, and the National Science Foundation Microbial Literary Collaborative. He received the Herman Frederic Lieber Award from IU in 1990, the Trustees Teaching Award from IU in 2004, and the Distinguished Service Award and the Academy Fellow Award from the Indiana Academy of Science in 2016.
Foos is a member of the American Association of University Professors, the British Mycological Society, the Indiana Academy of Sciences, the Mycological Society of America, the National Association of Biology Teachers, the National Association of Scholars, the National Science Teachers Association, Sigma Xi, and the Society for College Science Teachers.