Assistant Professor Biology
Specialty: Clinical anatomy, gross anatomy and pathophysiology.Education: Doctor of Osteopathy, May 2009 Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), Blacksburg, VA Master of Science, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, May 2005 Yale University, New Haven, CT Bachelor of Science, Biology; Minor: Chemistry, December 2001 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA Scholarship and JCHS Service: Scholarship interests: Clinical narratives in the classroom setting and manual manipulative therapy inchiropractic and osteopathic medicine.
Service:Pre-professional Health Advisor, Faculty co-advisor to JCHS American Medical Student Association, Faculty co-chair of Cookies, Coffee and Research (a scholarship support group), serves on various department and program sub-committees. Teaching Responsibilities: Anatomy and Physiology, Pathophysiology and Clinical Anatomy lecture and laboratories Teaching Philosophy: H My teaching philosophy has developed over the years through experiences in higher education and as an instructor. I have formed a solid, yet dynamic, framework to my approach to teaching. Science is a difficult and intimidating subject. Incorporating enthusiasm and humor during lectures establishes an open and positive learning environment. In this manner, I teach using a student-centered model. In the classroom, the focus is away from the traditional memorization and examinations to focusing on the why. The students will understand why they are learning the material and how they can use it in their future. Utilizing clinical vignettes, personal stories and clinical experiences makes learning interesting and relevant. My goal is to teach understanding and retention of the major concepts in order to build a scaffold for future scientific courses and knowledge. Other Information:
Ashleigh Dunn was born and raised in a small town in southwest Virginia called Wise. She left her hometown to attend Virginia Tech, the alma mater, of her father, five uncles and aunt. She quickly became a diehard Hokie, participating in the Residential Leadership Community, Greek Life and was an attendant on the Virginia Tech Homecoming Court. After graduating, she headed up north to obtain her Master of Science degree in Molecular Biology from Yale University. While at Yale, she studied the cytoskeletal responses during growth cone guidance (the tips of neurons). After receiving her degree, Ashleigh and her husband decided to return back south and come to Blacksburg once again. During this time, Ashleigh attended the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) to become a physician. After graduating from VCOM and becoming a mother, the decision was made to focus on medical education rather than practicing medicine. Ashleigh became an assistant professor at JCHS to teach Clinical Anatomy and pathophysiology. While at JCHS, Ashleigh has become the pre-professional health advisor and faculty co-advisor to JCHS American Medical Student Association. She immensely enjoys working with students and assisting them to follow their own ambitions to become a health care professional. In her free time, Ashleigh loves to play with her four year old son and 1 year old daughter, spend time with her husband, Jamie, and, of course, cheer on the Hokies in football and basketball.
B.S. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
M.S. Yale University
D.O. Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine