I believe that a commitment to excellence in all phases of one's career is essential to high productivity in an academic environment. Thus, a commitment to excellence in teaching has been a hallmark of my career and paramount to affecting superior scholarship in establishing a reputation as an effective instructor and educational leader. I work diligently to ensure student success. My teaching philosophy is based on developing educational opportunities for students in a mentorship capacity. I not only work to maximize student performance in the classroom, but also provide guidance toward continued academic success and advice for a productive professional career. I spent a significant portion of my academic tenure in the Department of Tropical Medicine, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (1988-2010), teaching Immunology and Immunoparasitology at the graduate level, and an undergraduate course, The Cell, the Individual, and the Community. I left Tulane in 2010 to become professor and founding dean of the College of Public Health at Kent State University. Since that time, I served in a variety of administrative positions at Kent State while devoting efforts to build global health in the college. I was coordinator and lead faculty (teaching in-class and online) for PH 10002 Introduction to Global Health, a core course in our undergraduate BSPH program. This past fall 2020 semester, I was Adjunct Professor at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, teaching in the undergraduate public health program (hybrid format): SPHU 1010 Introduction to Public Health and SPHU 2400 Global Health in Action.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin-Madison - Bachelor of Science, Zoology
Graduate Degree: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Doctor of Philosophy, Microbiology and Immunology
My interests include international travel, particularly in Latin America. I am fluent in Spanish. During my career, I have developed 10 international agreements with academic and research institutions for student educational opportunities. I have directed student study abroad trips to Colombia, Panama, Guatemala, Ecuador, and Brazil. I enjoy college and NBA basketball.