Stephen Mead, PhD

Stephen Mead Professor
Northern Arizona University
Construction Management
Phone: 928-523-5650
Fax: 928-523-2300

I got my start in the construction business framing houses and condominiums on the front range of Colorado.  I liked working outside and I found that the people in the construction business are smart, independent, and resourceful.  I also liked feeling of accomplishment that comes from building things.

During my twenty five year construction career, I have completed projects in Colorado, Washington DC, North Carolina, and Arizona. I'm proud to be teaching in one of the best CM programs in the country.

My wife and I have been together for thirty years, and we have three children who make us laugh and continue to drive us nuts. We enjoy hiking and exploring the beautiful scenery that surrounds Flagstaff.

Areas of scholarly and professional interest 

  • High performance laboratory systems
  • Energy engineering for buildings and infrastructure
  • Construction risk management
  • Sustainable building system
  • International construction education
  • Residential building science


  • BS, George Mason University
  • MS, Colorado State University
  • PhD, Loughborough University

Professional memberships and associations 

  • United States Green Building Council
  • Associated Schools of Construction
  • Project Management Institute
  • Associated General Contractors
  • National Association of Homebuilder

Professional experience 

  • 1998-2006 Professor of Construction Management
  • Northern Arizona University
  • 1993-1998 Assistant Professor
  • East Carolina University
  • 1987-1991 Senior Project Manager
  • Monarc Construction Co.
  • 1982-1986 Project Manager/Superintendent
  • Walters CM
  • 1980-1982 Superintendent
  • Wester Construction Management
  • 1977-1980 Superintendent
  • Interior Alterations Incorporated

Classes taught 

  • CM 123 Construction Methods I
  • CM 124 Construction Methods II
  • CM 326 Mechanical Systems
  • CM 329 Construction Estimating and Bidding
  • CM 341 Electrical Systems
  • CM 388 Construction Scheduling and Control
  • CM 491 Safety and Risk Management
  • CM 490C Construction Capstone