Don’t over commit. Take your time deciding which of the many great activities you want to participate in. You can’t do everything and do them well. Pray about it, and find the one(s) that you are uniquely gifted to fit.
Teaching at Taylor is a real blessing. TU is large enough that I am able to focus on my area of specialization, analytical chemistry, but small enough that I am able to be actively involved in the TU community outside the classroom. Taking my young kids to athletic events is a staple of our weekend activities. This interaction between TU students and my family is what continually reinforces our decision to move to Taylor.
Running, soccer, reading, and music
Much of my research has been focused on understanding proteins involved in crop disease. Pectinases (produced by the attacking fungi or bacteria) breakdown the carbohydrate cell walls of plants, while the pectinase inhibitor proteins (produced by the plants) attempt to slow the attack. Along with collaborators and students, we have published a number of papers using experimental and computational methods to investigate this process. I have received Taylor University’s Franklin W. and Joan M. Forman Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award (2012) and the Distinguished Lecture scholarship award from the School of Natural and Applied Sciences (2009). In addition to these efforts, I am passionately working to help build collaborative research programs across departments at TU.
I’ve published a number of papers using computational chemistry to visualize proteins involved in crop diseases. The below image shows a PGIP (polygalacturonase inhibitor protein) defense protein produced by pear trees.