Harrogate, Tennessee, Oct. 26, 2018— The Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) School of Mathematics and Sciences has appointed Associate Professor Julie Hall as chair of the Department of Biology.
Hall earned a Bachelor of Science in biotechnology at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. in biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her graduate work focused on using genetics and microscopic worms, called C. elegans, to understand aspects of aging. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in North Carolina, and at the National Toxicology Program, she investigated how cells respond to the heavy metal, cadmium.
Hall found her passion for teaching in graduate school where she served as a teaching assistant in genetics class. Before joining the faculty at LMU, Hall also served as an adjunct professor at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina.
“When I knew that teaching was what I wanted to do, I decided a liberal arts college environment was what I wanted,” Hall said. “I loved my undergraduate experience and wanted to provide students with a similar experience. The uniqueness of LMU, with the small-college undergraduate experience and the growing professional programs, has provided me with many opportunities.”
Hall teaches both undergraduates and master of science students and continues working with C. elegans on various research projects that range from studying the effects on DNA from heavy metal exposure, determining the safety of electronic cigarettes and investigating the toxicological effects of chemically based sugars. She is also working on projects developed by undergraduate students and mentoring her students through the rigors or research.
“Dr. Hall has taken an active role in shaping the Department of Biology from the first year she joined the team. Over time she has become a model of the teaching scholar,” said Dr. Adam Rollins, dean of the School of Mathematics and Sciences. “Dr. Hall has a clear and appropriate vision and under her leadership the department will provide quality programs preparing our students for success as they navigate their careers.”
Her goals include growing the biology department and evaluating the programs to ensure students are prepared for careers. Projects include redeveloping the general biology lecture and lab classes to be more interactive and providing more support for students to grow as critical thinkers.
“I hope to develop a sense of community within the department, both between faculty and with students,” Hall said.
Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423.869.6280 or email at admissions@LMUnet.edu.