Chris Stanton - Biology
Biology & Geology
I went to Wittenberg University to major in English, but took as many biology classes as I could. After graduation I worked as a naturalist but soon missed the academic environment. I enrolled at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) to earn my Masters degree in Entomology. Then I moved to Columbus to start my PhD in Entomology at The Ohio State University. Once I completed a post-doctoral experience with Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab, I applied for my current position at Baldwin-Wallace.
What have you learned while teaching at B-W?:
Until I moved to Berea, I did not realize what an outstanding location
B-W had in which to study biology. Being so close to Cleveland allows our biology students to interact with research companies, museums, a major zoo, Lake Erie, hospitals, libraries, the Metroparks, as well as other colleges and graduate schools. Other small schools are limited in what they can offer in the immediate area, but B-W is well connected for internships, research experiences, education, and career opportunities.
What inspired you to get into college teaching?:
My four years of undergraduate education were some of the most exciting years of my life. My eyes were opened to so many ideas, experiences, and opportunities that I knew I wanted to help others have a similar experience.
Describe the ways in which you mentor students interested in your department:
First, I think it is important for students to realize that there is more to Biology than just being a doctor or a teacher. I try to expose students to all the possibilities within the field so that when students commit to a career, they truly want it. Once a potential career is identified, I try to direct students to appropriate courses and out-of-class experiences, like internships, summer jobs, and research projects. These experiences make our graduates more marketable than students from other schools so I do everything I can to connect students with good experiences.
If you weren't teaching what would you be doing?:
I would be writing about the natural world as a journalist or nature writer.
What do students like best about your class?:
I think students appreciate the laid-back atmosphere combined with a lot of outdoor, hands-on learning experiences. Once students realize that it is okay to crawl on the ground, get dirty, and act like a kid again, they expose themselves to a whole world of learning and career opportunities.