I am the Dean of Science and Mathematics and a Professor of Biology at Truman State University. The departments in the School of Science and Mathematics include: Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics. I am a Biologist by training and have taught introductory Biology , Genetics, and Developmental Biology courses and several interdisciplinary STEM Seminar courses. During my career, I have had two major research foci. First, I am interested in issues related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) major recruitment and retention, particularly of underrepresented students to STEM majors (including rural students) and facilitating transfer student success in their pursuit of a four-year degree after attending a community college. More about this can be found at the following website: STEP Office. I have also studied embryonic development in Caenorhabditis elegans, and the use of C. elegans as a genetic model system for human biology, including cancer metastasis, wound healing, and spina bifida.