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Carol Fischer, Ph.D.

Biology | Associate Professor

Ph.D. in Oral Science with focus in Microbiology, Immunology and Lipid Biochemistry (2013) – University of Iowa; Iowa City, Iowa
B.S. in Biology, minor in Chemistry (2007); honors – East Central University; Ada, Okla.
After experiencing the benefits of a small undergraduate university herself, Dr. Carol Fischer came to Waldorf University in 2016 to make a difference in the lives of Biology students. As a professor and mentor, she is dedicated to providing dynamic and challenging learning experiences that include the latest knowledge and current trends, facilitating the acquisition of skills conducive to life-long learning, helping students discover their own passion and excitement in their respective fields and providing caring and compassionate mentoring. One of her main interests is assessment and teaching effectiveness. She previously taught classes at the University of Iowa and as an adjunct at Kirkwood Community College, but really loves the small school feel of Waldorf – especially the students.

Professor Fischer teaches Anatomy, Physiology, Histology, Medical Terminology and a seminar course that helps students tackle the monumental task of learning to reading scientific papers. Within the Honors Program, she teaches one section of an Honors Philosophy course in which students explore and compare historical medical research ethics. She also serves as faculty advisor for Waldorf’s local chapter of Beta Beta Beta, a National Biological Honor Society, co-advisor for the Biology Club, and has previously served as co-advisor for Waldorf’s Alpha Chi College National Honor Society. She stays active in her field by involving students in current research (sometimes leading to publications), peer review of research manuscripts and judging student research presentations through various science organizations such as the Iowa Academy of Science.

Professor Fischer enjoys living in Forest City with her husband, Scott. Together they actively participate in Waldorf University events, community events and church activities. Spending time with family is one of her favorite things; she really enjoys the times when all the kids are home and they make music, play video games or “puzzle” together. Other favorite things include cooking, cleaning house (yes, I’m weird like that), reading, gardening, playing the piano and spending time at football games, basketball games, or fishing with her husband.