B.S., M.A., University of Northern Iowa; Ph.D. North Carolina State University


After I finished my doctoral work I spent three years in a post-doctoral research program. I missed working with people, and decided to try teaching. I found this so rewarding, and so time consuming that I focused my creative interests on trying to make my classes both meaningful and challenging and on my many and varied hobbies, one of which is reading. I never imagined that these passions would converge and lead to my part in Methodist’s first Quality Enhancement Plan, developing a culture of reading, or in my giving a presentation with several of my colleagues on this project at one of the annual meetings of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  I was also one of the charter members of the North Carolina Health Occupations Advisors organization, and was delighted to be selected as one of the first honorary inductees to the physician assistant organization Pi Alpha National Honor Society.

I became a biologist because I grew up in the country, and while I was growing up spent most of my free time observing plants and animals, both wild and domestic. Gradually this lead to my interest in understanding physiological pathways. I remain a nature watcher, though.