Assistant Dean and Associate ProfessorDepartment of Biology
269 B Monroe Hall
B.S., William and Mary
M.E., University of Virginia
Ph.D., University of Virginia
Wise students visit an academic dean to obtain accurate information and to seek advice. Visits may include a discussion about course selection, choices of majors and minors, study abroad, internship and undergraduate research opportunities, graduate and professional school interests. I encourage students to visit my office to seek information and ask for advice regarding anything on their minds that they wish to give voice to. I am interested in the extracurricular activities and avocations of students as well. I currently serve as the Director of Studies to the International Residential College (IRC) and have an office in Mary Munford where students may meet with me. My favorite time of year is when I get to greet incoming first years during Summer Orientation.
I teach BIOL 1210: Human Biology and Disease, an health literacy course designed for non-science majors which discusses practical applications related to human anatomy & physiology, wellness and disease. The College Advising Seminar, COLA 1500: What Makes Us Tick, discusses cardiovascular physiology and topics related to academic advising while COLA1500: Mindfulness: Awareness and Habit introduces students to mindfulness practices in class and encourages participation in many activities around Grounds.
I enjoy walking, sitting and reading with my cat Duke, and listening and dancing to live music in many Charlottesville venues. Mindfulness practices are incorporated into my teaching and advising as I continue grow in my own yoga and meditation practices. My office abounds with plants and books and positive energy; please do not hesitate to visit so that we may get to know one another during your years at UVa.