As an educator in the biological sciences, I feel a responsibility to communicate information to students in a way that enables them to make informed decisions regarding the environment. The basic biological principles that I strive to impart include: the process of evolution, rudimentary genetics, the interdependence of biological systems, biological levels of organization, fundamental human anatomy and physiology, and the process of the scientific method. My hope is that students leave my classes with an appreciation for biological diversity and an increased sense of stewardship for the earth.
I am a college professor who has been teaching anatomy, physiology, and general biology classes at community colleges in Michigan and Northern Virginia since 2007. For the past year I have been conducting both synchronous and asynchronous lecture and laboratory classes online to both individuals, and classes of 25 or more students.
Summary of Professional Qualifications and Skills
MS in veterinary medical research; experienced in classroom & pedagogic laboratory instruction; laboratory management including all aspects of fiscal/budget administration; policy development, staff recruitment, training & evaluation, fund development, supply chain management, and quality control; acknowledged mentor, team leader, & consensus builder across organizational and multicultural lines; strategic thinker with strong organizational, communication & problem-solving skills; Gallup-trained in Q12 methods of employee engagement & performance improvement.
Relevant Professional Experience
At the institutions below, I instructed traditional & non-traditional undergraduate college students in the subjects of biology, human anatomy, and human physiology by conducting in class lectures & hands-on didactic laboratories, emphasizing the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization. Experienced at teaching virtual synchronous and asynchronous classes. My student evaluations have always been among the highest at each institution. Also provided tutoring/mentoring services to students at each institution.
Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun Campus – Sterling, VA October 2018 – Present
Department of Math/Science
Kellogg Community College – Battle Creek, MI May 2009 – May 2017
Department of Mathematics, Sciences, Technologies & Business
Kalamazoo Valley Community College – Kalamazoo, MI January 2009 – May 2013
Department of Biology
Southwestern Michigan College – Dowagiac, MI December 2007 - January 2009
Department of Math and Science
Educational Connections – Fairfax, VA September 2018 – June 2019
Provided private tutoring lessons in the biological sciences to traditional and advance placement multicultural middle and high school students. With a profound knowledge of biology instructional techniques, I promoted independent learning activities. Maintained contemporary tutoring session records and prepared/submitted timesheets to management. With strong human relations skills, I maintain effective relationships with students and parents.
Kalamazoo Valley Community College – Kalamazoo, MI September 2011– March 2013
Science Laboratories Director
Reporting directly to the Dean of Health, Sciences & Technology, responsible for the overall administration and setup of 80+ weekly Science Department laboratory classes to include the interviewing, hiring, training, supervision, and evaluation of 16 laboratory staff members, and the administration of the Science Department budget.
• Instructed, supervised and assisted 16 student employees to insure the timely setup, dismantling and cleaning of 80+ weekly instructional science laboratory classes; 44 of which were in the biological sciences.
• Served as Department Quality Control Officer to insure the proper maintenance of biological cultures, laboratory instruments/equipment, laboratory supplies, and associated records/reports.
• Served as Department Safety Officer to insure compliance with all federal, state and institutional safety standards to include the handling/disposal of hazardous waste materials.
• Responsible for laboratory inventories & served as Buyer and Materials Manager for Science Department.
• Developed, recommended & administered science laboratory SOPs.
• Served as substitute biology instructor as needed and provided tutoring/mentoring services to students.
Lions of District 22-C Eye Bank & Research Foundation, Inc. – Seabrook, MD February 1984 - May 1999
Executive Director and Technical Director
As Technical Director, responsible for daily management and supervision of laboratory facility & staff of this Washington, D.C.-area tissue transplant organization.
• Recruited & trained professional technical staff in techniques of medical records review, sterile technique, ophthalmic surgery and tissue processing to become Certified Eye Bank Technicians.
• Responsible for development and administration of clinical department budget.
• Co-wrote technical SOPs to comply with federal & state tissue banking regulations.
• Developed/implemented technical educational program effectiveness analyses matrix.
• Served as Quality Assurance Officer for clinical laboratory to insure compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations to include handling of biological waste and hazardous materials.
• Chaired Washington Area Transplantation Society and served on MD Governor’s Transplant Task Force.
Immunogenetics Laboratory, Washington Hospital Center – Washington, DC Jan. 1979 – Feb. 1984
Responsible for daily management and supervision of facility & staff of this histocompatibility testing laboratory in service to the kidney transplant program. Trained, supervised and evaluated professional technical staff in techniques of histocompatibility testing to include cell separation, antibody detection assays (ELISA, FACS & IHC), microscopy (light, dark field, fluorescent, & confocal) and quantitative analyses methods. Served as quality control officer to insure regulatory compliance, assisted in development of technical SOPs, managed laboratory budget and maintained materials inventory.
Other Professional Experience
SP Motorsports – Gaithersburg, MD/Mattawan, MI June 1999 – January 2009 Founder/Owner/Operator
Founded, managed and led this start-up automotive specialty parts company to become recognized as an industry leader in targeted niche markets, achieving $1 million in sales by year 3. Managed all aspects of product sales: order fulfillment, customer service, P&L, inventory control, staff recruitment/management, advertising/marketing.
MS, Veterinary Immunology – University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 1982
BS, Animal Sciences – University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 1977
U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Active Duty, 1972-75
U.S. Army Medical Corp, Active Reserves, 1975-78
U.S. Army - Honorably Discharged, 1978
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