Title: Biology Educator
Company: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Location: Ooltewah, Tennessee, United States
Richard Dean Brown, PhD, Biology Educator at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in biology.
Dr. Brown chose his profession due to the influence of various teachers growing up and his fascination with the outdoors, he harbored his interests into the field of biology. Initially, he wanted to practice medicine because his father was an industrial emergency nurse at a steel plant for 44 years, but he felt that he didn’t have the type of personality to deliver bad news to patients and their families. Dr. Brown knew that he truly loved the outdoors and he was going to find a way to make a career out of it. He started by earning his BA in zoology, psychology, and religion from Columbia Union College in 1964. Dr. Brown then went to The Ohio State University, receiving his MS and PhD in zoology in 1970 and 1975, respectively.
Dr. Brown considers every moment of his career to be a highlight. A humble soul, he is highly appreciative of his constant recognition as Teacher of the Year. Those awards are the most fulfilling to him because he’s being acknowledged by his peers and students for his love and passion of the work he’s done over the years. Dr. Brown embarked on his professional career in 1965 when he became a teaching and research assistant in the department of zoology at The Ohio State University. In 1966, he moved on to the Garden State Academy to be a science instructor and chairman until 1970. Dr. Brown then returned to The Ohio State University as a graduate teaching associate in the department of zoology until 1975, when he moved on to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he is to this day as a lecturer. During his tenure at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Dr. Brown has been a lecturer in biology, an assistant professor of biology and an adjunct professor of biology. From 1993 to 2001, he also held the position of lead instructor of biology and acting head of science at Brunswick Community College. From there, he joined Atlantic Union College as a professor of biology in the department of natural sciences from 2001 to 2011. Also during that time, he was a chairman of the department of health and natural sciences at Atlantic Union College from 2003 to 2011. In 2011, Dr. Brown became an adjunct professor of science and math at Quinsigamond Community College for five years and in 2015, he became the chairman of health sciences and biology at Atlantic Union College for a year. The following year he became an adjunct professor of biology at Southern Adventist University, a position he still holds to this day.
As a testament to his success, Dr. Brown has earned grants from the University of North Carolina in 1976 and 1980, a Mary H. Osburn Memorial Fellowship at The Ohio State University from 1973 to 1974. He has received a Service Award from Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Commission in 1979 and numerous Teacher of the Year Awards. Furthermore, Dr. Brown is listed in the 1st edition of Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare and the 23rd edition of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.
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