Dr. M. Ahmad Chaudhry New Dean of Biology and Health Sciences
By Jennifer Duda
With substantial experience with the allied health, nursing and biology disciplines, Dr. M. Ahmad Chaudhry has the ideal background to serve as the new dean of Biology and Health Sciences at College of DuPage.
Chaudhry will oversee more than 25 programs, including Anatomy and Physiology, Anesthesia Technology, Biology, Fire Science, Paramedic, Radiation Therapy, Zoology, Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and Basic Nursing Assistant (BNA).
“I am in a fortunate position of having experience in many scientific areas that are housed in the Biology and Health Sciences division,” Chaudhry said. “I was trained as a biologist and I’ve also worked in health science. I’ve done research in the areas of molecular medicine and genome sciences. Really, I have a blend of experiences in many different areas, allowing me to be able to meet with faculty and speak their language from a disciplinary standpoint.”
Chaudhry received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Manchester, UK. He did postdoctoral research work at Massachusetts Institute of Technology before joining the University of Pennsylvania as a senior research investigator. Chaudhry joined the University of Vermont as a tenure track faculty member and later was promoted to full professor. Before coming to COD, he served as professor and chair of the Department of Public and Allied Health at Bowling Green State University.
“I was happy with my endowed professorship and conducting research, but in studying the fundamentals of teaching, it really changed my perception,” he said of his career shift to administration. “I saw the impact we can have on students and it was amazing. It’s about continually thinking forward and asking how I can make a difference in our students’ overall educational experiences.”
College of DuPage offers a robust selection of academic programming and the Biology and Health Sciences division alone contains a number of growing and emerging fields, Chaudhry said.
“This position is unique in that is has a blend of health and clinical but also basic sciences, which is so interesting to me because of my background,” he said. “College of DuPage was a unique opportunity for me and in coming to campus, I was really pleasantly surprised. It’s such a hidden gem and the resources, faculty and people are wonderful.”
As he continues to meet with faculty and acclimate himself to the institution, Chaudhry said he wants to focus on continued growth.
“I want to work with the faculty and bring them to the next level,” he said. “They’ve done a great job, but I want to give them the power to expand further, motivating them to go beyond current methods and bring new teaching approaches to the classroom.”
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