Top Toot - Ruth Beattie!

Please join us in celebrating Ruth Beattie as the UK Advising Network's "Top Toot!" honoree for the week of November 23, 2020!

What is your current position, and how long have you been in that role?

I am Professor of Biology in the Department of Biology. For the past 7 1/2 years, I have served as Associate Dean for Advising in the College of Arts and Sciences.

What is your educational and professional background?

I earned a B.A. in Natural Sciences (Biochemistry), and a Master's of Science (Biochemistry) from Trinity College Dublin. My Ph.D. is from Queen's University Belfast, where I studied the kinetics of the enzyme leucine aminopeptidase. I completed two postdoctoral fellowships, one at the Hipple Cancer Research Center in Dayton Ohio, and the other at Wright State University, before taking a faculty position at Ball State University. In 1995, I joined the Department of Biology at UK as an assistant professor (Special Titles Series). My primary instructional responsibility was to teach large enrollment freshman level biology and microbiology classes. I routinely taught 3 classes of 300 students each semester. Before assuming my current position, I served as Director of Undergraduate Studies in Biology for 8 years.

What professional accomplishments are you most proud of?

Aside from teaching and advising awards, the activities that have given me most satisfaction include: - Designing and producing one of the very early fully online courses (BIO 208) at UK, back in the days when TopClass was the instructional platform for online classes, and all content had to be coded in HTML. - Developing and regularly teaching a biology study abroad course in Australia. Students have the opportunity to study several Australian ecosystems including the Great Barrier Reef, tropical and eucalyptus forests, and tropical mangroves. - Working with various college and university teams to help students navigate their way through UK to degree completion.

What do you enjoy most about your current position?

Working with a great team of advisors and having the opportunity to positively impact the lives of the students we serve.

Why are you a member of the Advising Network?

I first became involved with the Advising Network when I was appointed DUS in Biology. It was a vital resource that helped me to grow as DUS, and as a faculty advisor. It has enabled me to build a network of connections and resources across campus and beyond.

What is one tip that you have for new (or seasoned!) advisors?

Never stop learning: - learning about the students we serve, their ambitions, goals, strengths, weaknesses, concerns, etc - learning about the the many resources available - learning about new strategies/programs for success - learning when to step back.

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