(Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry)
brief overview of your background, area of expertise, research and
have traveled extensively most of my life, since my father was in
the Navy and keep going since my University days. I have two professional
interests, primarily the education of science majors and enzyme
characterization from medically relevant parasites or bacteria.
I have over 15 years University Teaching experience with 3 years
focused research as a Senior African Research Fulbright Fellow Kenya
looking at African Sleeping Sickness. Most recently I taught at
the University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, where I initiated the
use of small groups to assist first year students learn important
professional transferable skills and the discipline of biochemistry.
A good summary
of my teaching philosophy is:
and you see
I clarify and you hear
I understand and you learn
I look and see you change
do you feel strongly about in regards to teaching or your specialization?
am a student-centered teacher. My goal in education is to provide
a learning environment where students can choose to become Self-Directed
Critical Thinkers. Since I am a fellow learner, my classrooms are
just a learning environment for both me and my students. I might
have more "chemistry" knowledge, but my students offer
me their unique experiences and their excitement of learning. I
teach first year students, and I try to keep the fires of the excitement
of learning burning bright instead of quenching them with the burden
of "learning everything".
did you come to Adelphi?
I choose to come to Adelphi University because it was time to return
to the USA-- having lived abroad since 1994. The school is in a
new phase and I love being a creator and I feel that my creativity
will be empowered. I do rock boats if I feel there is a need, and
I defend my students and their rights to have positive learning
environments. Adelphi is a very brave school whose people have the
ability to rise above serious problems. I feel the words of William
Wallace when facing a battle with the English are very appropriate
"all men die, it's how you live that will matter to the world".
I missed the students in the USA, for they still have the ability
to dream, something most of the people I have been associated with
abroad have seem to have lost. I need to be with visionaries and
university students have that, the ability to dream. My students
are great, like all the students I have ever taught.