A university is only as good as its faculty and we are thankful to have some of the best around!

Over and over again, we’ve heard alumni say how the faculty they worked with helped them to reach their highest potential.

As a way to spotlight our outstanding faculty, we’ve created the brand-new Professor Pop-Up series, which highlights a faculty member and the program they teach, along with the skillsets students walk away with. This new series is still in its early stages, so expect more to come!

Keep reading to see the first few examples of the faculty we’re proud of and check out our Academic Blog to read more.

Criminal Justice

After being a prosecuting attorney for 11 years in at least four different states, Associate Professor Michelle Keller has seen first hand the importance of preparing criminal justice professionals who approach their work with strong ethics, passion, respect for all individuals, an understanding of the justice system, and with a passion to do great work within it.

Read more about the passion Keller puts into preparing criminal justice professionals and how she views it as a privilege to work with students who will help lead the criminal justice system forward during a time of change.

Biochemistry

When Associate Professor Jonathan Mauser first discovered biochemistry after taking science classes in college, that was all he could think about.

It was in everything he saw around him, from the way trees recover nitrogen and change colors to the way medicine helps treat chemical imbalances. It all boils down to biochemistry.

Read more about how Mauser views the connections of life around us as a biochemist and how he channels that into tangible skills for students to take forward in their career.

Sociology

Professor Aurea Osgood was a sociologist well before she knew what sociology was. After taking an introductory sociology course, she was instantly hooked. The way a sociologist thinks matches the way her mind works.

Rather than seeing the world as black and white, sociologists look at it through a lens of curiosity and looks at other factors that go into a situation — such as poverty, job market, illness, disability, discrimination, and a plethora of other variables. Looking at a situation from other perspectives is a lot of what sociology is all about.

Read more about Osgood’s passion for the big picture and how she’s preparing future sociologists to be impactful professionals in their field.

Athletic Training

Professor Brian Zeller wanted to be a part of a healthcare patients’ recover journey on a daily basis, rather than only seeing them once or twice a week.

Now, as a professor and chair of the Health, Exercise, and Rehabilitative Science department, Zeller gets to teach future athletic trainers with up-to-date techniques in the industry.

Hear more about Zeller’s passion and what he’s excited to bring to the table for future students in his classes.

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Tesla Mitchell

Named after the 80's rock band, Tesla Mitchell has a decade of experience covering local news and features as a journalist in Winona. A Saint Mary's University alumna, Tesla graduated with a bachelor's degree in Journalism with an emphasis in political science and entrepreneurship. During her free time, Tesla enjoys organizing block parties, being a super mom and an avid heavy weightlifter.