Assistant Professor — Chemistry & Physics
WHAT AREA DO YOU TEACH?
Physics and Engineering
B.S. in Mathematics, Engineering Physics, & Mathematics from Southeast Missouri State University, 2010
Ph.D. in Physics from Washington University in St. Louis, 2015
YOUR PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING:
I measure my success as an instructor on the performance of my entire class. I want every student to be elevated to success, despite the challenge of grabbing the attention of a 60 person lecture. I can still remember, as a student, watching the clock and waiting for the moment that I could leave class. In contrast, I try to make as many of my classes the type that make a student think, "Wow, are we done already!"
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO TEACH?
My father was a coal miner, and my mother was a beautician. They pushed me to find a career path outside of the mines. Southeast Missouri State University provided me with a quality education and the experience that I needed to discover my true potential and calling. Now I want to do the same for the current students at Southeast.
After completing my dissertation at Washington University in St. Louis, I worked for two years as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the Washington University School of Medicine. I studied diseases associated with cilia and flagella.
ORGANIZATION WITH WHICH YOU ARE INVOLVED
SEMO Physics & Engineering Club
Sigma Pi Sigma - National Physics Honor Society
National Society of Leadership & Success
Phi Kappa Phi - National Interdisciplinary Honor Society
BEST ADVICE FOR STUDENTS
No one can teach you as much as you can learn.