Working with young people and other learners has always been a part of my life and is an enormous challenge. I challenge myself everyday and I expect that everyone else should do the same. If we cant use our life to help then I guess we all would be failures. I know that I can teach from my experience teaching and I know that students must have a learning framework to see learning the way that I see it. A new world must be created and all of us have the responsibility to create it.
My teaching philosophy is that if students are taught how to learn then they should want to learn. Learning is a process that is active and never passive. Learning is about some facts but it is mostly about using knowledge to advance what is known. Practical knowledge is also critical but is also constantly changing. Knowledge in the present time is accelerating at a much greater rate than at any time in the past. This brings new excitement into our lives every day.
How do we cope with this rapid knowledge advancement? There are many ways to handle this explosion but sometimes the choices are difficult. What do we choose to know? How do we create a framework to build on this knowledge? This framework is critical for our advancement. Where do the facts fit and where does the theory fit?
The assessment of learning is also critical in building this framework. It is important that we use assessment data so that we can continue to challenge students and each other. We will not fail if we are constantly aware that students and teachers alike have to build on learning and a learning environment in order to succeed. Learning is a life long process and is a challenge for the future.
During the last nine years I have been teaching at the Community College level and College level and I have found new excitement. This time has enhanced the vision of my life. My life as a student, researcher, teacher and associate dean has always included some teaching aspect. Scientific training teaches us that it is important to communicate our findings for the advancement of science and the world. Translating this to students so that they have a love of learning is another direction.
My recent teaching has included Chemistry at the California State level, Anatomy, Physiology, Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology, Environmental Biology at the Community College level and Anatomy, Environmental Issues, Problem Solving Theory, Research Methods and Survey of the Sciences at the College level. Much of my previous teaching has involved Biochemistry, which is the area of my PhD and also always Biology which is the hinge on which Medical Science makes advances. Previously I have also been involved with teaching ethics as Biomedical Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research and I have been on the National Ethics Committee of the American Chemical Society.
In the early part of my life I was a Hospital Medical Technologist. That time of my life was truly magical as I worked as a Med Tech and put myself, and my wife through school. I am very excited about teaching where I can influence young people and other learners to work hard and make a contribution in Biology, Chemistry, Medicine, Nursing, Research and other applied areas of Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Biomedical Science.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: St Josephs University - Bachelor of Science, Biology, General
Graduate Degree: Georgetown University - Doctor of Philosophy, Biochemistry