I was born in New Mexico, raised in Chadron, NE, college in Lincoln, NE and graduate school in Fort Collins, CO. I started teaching as a laboratory assistant during college in the late 1980's.
For more than 30 years, I have been teaching anatomy & physiology or some specialization within it such as human dissection or neuroanatomy & physiology. I work with students individually to maximize their potential and achieve their goals. I assist students to develop new and more effective ways of learning for comprehension and application of complex anatomical and physiological concepts.
I am currently the faculty advisor for the student Dental Club that serves pre-dental and pre-dental hygiene students.
My research involves teaching and instruction. A current project is analyzing pedagogical and demographic factors related to grades in an undergraduate anatomy and physiology class. Students report a belief they can achieve a higher grade or work less to achieve a grade in an online class. We are investigating whether there is evidence to support this or better adivse students about actual grade distributions in online and face-to-face sections.
- MS, Anatomy and Neurobiology, Colorado State University, 1999
- BS, Biology, Nebraska Wesleyan University, 1989
- CITI Certification, USD- Office of Human Subjects
- Annual Professor Dinner, Alpha Phi Sorority, 2013
- Thank you, USD Foundation, 2012
- Academic recognition dinner, Alpha Xi Delta, 2012
- Faculty appreciation recognition, USD Women's Soccer, 2011
- Thank you, USD Dental Hygiene, 2011
- Invited to academic dinner, Alpha Xi Delta sorority, 2011