Q1: Please provide your name and some contact information for us.
Name: Deborah Schulman
Current title: Assistant Professor
Campus Address: Austin Hall of Science 217
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Phone Number: 440.375.7351
Q2: Please provide us with your educational background.
I attended Williamsville North High School in western New York. I received my BS with a major in Biology from State University of New York in Buffalo, N.Y. I received my Ph.D. in molecular biology from Case Western Reserve University.
Q3: Describe your area(s) of research.
The title of my Ph.D. dissertation is Identification and Characterization of Transcription Factor IIIA from Schizosaccharomyces pombe. I did post-doctoral work in the regulation of muscle development, and also in the genetics of development of the round worm Caenorhabditis elegans.
Q4: Tell us when you joined the faculty at Lake Erie College.
Q5: How and why did you get into teaching?
Both of my parents were college professors. I have always appreciated the academic lifestyle and have always intended to teach science.
Q6: Why did you choose to teach at Lake Erie College?
I have always wanted to work at a liberal arts institution where the professors in the classroom are more dedicated to their teaching responsibilities than to research.
Q7: Please give an example of a real-world application of the courses you teach.
My students are better consumers, voters, patients and parents as a result of having a basic education in the sciences. In addition, the material taught in my courses is included in the curricula of a wide range of professional training programs and on their entrance exams.
Q8: Why do you love your discipline that you teach?
There is nothing more interesting than the mechanics of living things. The diversity of life, resulting from the process of evolution, is, to me, the most inspiring thing imaginable. There are adaptations allowing life to exist in every nook and cranny of the planet Earth. Every single one!
Q9: What has been your proudest moment as a professor at Lake Erie College?
Watching my students succeed at their goals of enrolling in professional programs.
Q10: What one to two life skills do you try to teach your students?
In addition to learning the material covered in my courses, I place heavy emphasis on developing professional communication skills, both in text and verbally.
Q11: How do you interact with students outside of class?
I am the director of the Lake Erie College Honors Program. I attend events in the fine arts.