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David Curtis, MS

Professor of Biology and Microbiology

Educational Background:
B. S. - Biology (1994) from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL
M. S. - Molecular Biology and Microbiology (2008) from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL
PhD - Biomedical Sciences (ABD) from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL

Teaching Background
Teacher of Anatomy and Physiology and AP Biology (1996 - 2001) at Atlantic High School in Port Orange, FL
Graduate Teaching Assistant for Microbiology (2003 - 2007) at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL
Adjunct Professor of Biology and Microbiology (2008 - 2011) at Valencia College, East Campus in Orlando, FL
Tenured Professor of Biology and Microbiology (2011 - present) at Valencia College, West Campus in Orlando, FL

Professional Accomplishments
Tenured Faculty - Valencia College (2014)
LifeMap Certification (2015 - 2016)
Grace Gillan Endowed Chair Award (2017 - 2018)
Faculty Senate President - West Campus (2017 - 2018)
John and Suzanne Rouche Award for Excellence in Teaching (2017 - 2018)
PIVOT 360 Leadership Cadre (2018 - 2019)
Active Learning Certification (2018 - 2019)

Phone: (407) 582-5733

Email: dcurtis8@valenciacollege.edu

Office: West Campus

Location: HSB-138A

MONDAY: 9:00am - 10:00am / 2:00pm - 3:00pm (office)
TUESDAY: 9:00am - 10:00am / 2:00pm - 3:00pm (office)
WEDNESDAY: 9:00am - 10:00am / 2:00pm - 3:00pm (office)
THURSDAY: 9:00am - 10:00am / 2:00pm - 3:00pm (office)
FRIDAY: 5:00pm - 7:00pm (e-mail)

Teaching Philosophy: My personal and professional teaching philosophy stems from my desire to help students achieve their ultimate potential, both within my classes and beyond, as they transition from Valencia College to a university and/or into their desired career programs. Although the term “teacher” is often used to describe my chosen profession, I believe the term “facilitator” is equally accurate since I see my role as one of assisting my students in their learning while they, in turn, help me to continue to grow as a teacher. I believe it is also my responsibility to prepare students for the advanced courses they will eventually take, as many of my students have chosen to pursue careers within the medical sciences. Finally, I strive to stay motivated within my own discipline so that my enthusiasm for what I have chosen to study is made evident to my students. By putting the student’s education first and keeping my knowledge of my discipline fresh and exciting in my mind, I hope to provide the best possible educational experience for students in my courses.



Important Announcements
Summer 2019 Courses

The first day of Summer classes begins on Monday, May 6th. In preparation, I have taken the time to set up your Canvas courses and publish them so that they are available at this time to any students that are currently enrolled in any of my summer courses. Take a few minutes to review the syllabus and the course schedule, as well as to familiarize yourself with the material associated with the first unit that we will begin covering during the fist week of classes. You may also want to start by downloading the first few narrated lectures and making sure that you can listen to them. At the end of each narrated lecture is a set of questions I refer to as "Check Your Understanding." To ensure that you have listened to the lectures before coming to class, I will be collecting these questions as outlined in the Canvas announcement for the course. I look forward to meeting each of you next week and look forward to a productive semester as we learn the intricacies of biology or microbiology together.
Last updated 4/23/2019