© 2017 Judi L. Nath, Ph.D. | firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello, Reader! Welcome to my website. To begin, I am Judi Nath, a textbook author, university professor, and writer-in-residence. Although putting fingers to the keyboard and creating text is something I do effortlessly every day, penning this short biography is incredibly difficult! It is challenging because I normally write from the third person and convey scientific information. Conversely, this piece is centered on describing who I am as a professional with a passion for learning, teaching, writing, and dogs!
After high school graduation, I spent the next 16 years studying in the United States and Austria, ultimately earning an undergraduate degree, a master’s degree, and a doctorate. Throughout those years of higher education, I studied German and biology – sometimes separately but more often together. Early in my career, I taught high school German, but quickly learned that teaching biology at the university level was a much better match. Teaching morphed into researching and authoring, and after more than a quarter of my life in academia, I remain connected to students and still love what I do.
As an instructor, I am devoted to undergraduate and graduate students and aim to convey the intricacies of science in captivating ways that are meaningful, interactive, and exciting. Without being boastful, my career has been rewarding, having received the Faculty Excellence Award – an accolade recognizing effective teaching, scholarship, and community service – multiple times. In 2014, I was named an Ohio Memorable Educator. Students are my favorite people and it’s always fun to see them after they’ve left my class or lab and are working in their chosen professions. Most enter healthcare in some form or another, which is comforting: Encountering a former student who works in the hospital is reassuring, because if they passed my class, I know we’re all in good hands!
In 2015, Mike (my husband) and I endowed the Nath Science Scholarship at Lourdes University. Its purpose is to provide financial assistance to students interested in majoring in or teaching science. Supporting science education is important for advancing humanity at all levels.
As an author, I am entrenched in the scientific and educational literature. I want what I write to be accurate, but I also want to develop textbooks that are in synch with the science of teaching and learning. Thus, every edition looks different and changes to reflect current knowledge. In 2011, Visual Anatomy & Physiology was recognized for its innovation and named Pearson Publishing’s Book of the Year.
There is never a time when I am not working on a book. This started in grade school, when I wrote Health Booklet and Human Body Organs. Feel free to click on the links to see the work of a 5th grader. Obviously, I am also mildly obsessive compulsive, since I still have copies of these titles, and finding them is as easy as grabbing the binder off the alphabetized, chronicled, and catalogued book shelf. Perhaps what has changed between my 10-year-old self and the current self is my writing ability; I hope it has improved with time.
Writing would be a solitary endeavor were it not for my dogs. Gabbi and Quincy spend hours on end with me in my studio. Thankfully, they require attention so I must get up and attend to their needs. Otherwise, I’d sit in the zone, steadfast in the workstation, placing myself at risk for blood clots. Piano playing is a welcome diversion from work; and when not writing, Mike and I enjoy active bicycling adventures.
Thanks for reading. Click around and enjoy the site!