Brief Biography / General Information

I am a professor in the Biology Department at Augustana College and also serve as a faculty member in the Asian Studies Program. I earned the B.A. in biology from North Central College, and the Ph.D. in physiology with an anatomy minor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, joining the Augustana faculty at the ripe old age of 24.

My primary role is as a teacher

While my teaching philosophy is multi-faceted, the poem to the right sums it up best. I love what I do, and I love the students I teach. I want the students in my classes to succeed, both inside and outside the classroom. I am concerned about them as students, and as people.



  • to instill a genuine life-long eagerness to learn
  • to foster a life of continual growth and development
  • encourage the basic values needed for a lifetime of learning: self-discipline, self-worth, integrity, honesty, commitment, perseverance, responsibility, pursuit of excellent, emotional courage, creativity, imagination, humility, and compassion for others.

I am also a learner

My current academic interests include:

  • Problem-Based Learning. Problem-based learning (PBL) is both a curriculum and a process that helps the student acquire the skills needed for critical knowledge acquisition, problem solving proficiency, self-directed learning strategies, and good team participation.
  • Writing Textbooks. During my tenure at Augustana I have published several articles and textbooks, including two new texts: Human Anatomy (6th Edition) published by Benjamin Cummings, and Histology: An Identification Manual (1st Edition) published by Elsevier.
  • Writing PBL Problems: I also write and publish PBL problems. Currently nineteen of my problems have been published by the PBL Clearinghouse, and another four are in various stages of editorial review.
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine: Recently my research interests have centered upon Traditional Chinese Medicine in ancient and modern China, with particular emphasis upon Qigong, a form of meditative healing.