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Meet Franklin College Faculty Member, Sam Rhodes, Ph.D.

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Name: Sam Rhodes, Ph.D.

Title: Professor of Biology

Education: Ph.D. 1979 Michigan State University; M.S. 1976 Michigan State University; B.S. 1974 University of Michigan

Years at Franklin College: 33 years

Campus and Community Involvement: Johnson Memorial Hospital Ethics Committee; Peeples Foundation Scholarship Committee


How does the liberal arts and sciences education at Franklin benefit students in the field of biology?

“Our biology majors benefit significantly from a liberal arts education. They learn writing, speaking and critical thinking skills that give them a clear advantage in the work force.”

 Is there anything that you think is particularly unique about teaching at Franklin as opposed to other schools?

“Franklin College provides a great opportunity to work with students one-on-one in labs, research and out-of-class settings.”

Where have your students been employed after graduation from Franklin and what are their responsibilities at these companies?

“Many of our students have gone on to be doctors, podiatrists, optometrists, dentists, physician assistants, occupational therapists and physical therapists. In addition to health care professions we have a growing number of students that are going to graduate programs in physiology, cell biology and related fields. A really exciting area of growth in our department is field biology. Each year more students are accepting jobs in both the private and public sector.”

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen to better prepare for college?

“A new college student should open their heart and their mind to education. Don’t be afraid to experiment and don’t expect to excel at everything. College is about discovering yourself; both your strengths and your weaknesses.”

What are your career aspirations?

“At this point in my career I hope to continue to excite young people about their potentials and to work with them in research.”

If you could teach a college course in any other department, what would it be and why?

“I’d love to teach a class in the music department entitled “Music and Social Change.” I think that all of the American social change issues have been supported by music and in many cases music has been one of the primary forces.”

What is something students would be surprised to learn about you?

“I play guitar and sing.”

For more information about what a degree from Franklin College can do for you, contact the Office of Admission at (800) 852-0232.

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