Wingate Faces

Alison Brown

6/28/2012
Alison Brown, associate professor of biology, is entering her tenth year of teaching at Wingate University. “It has flown by,” she said.

Brown grew up in rural East Tennessee, studied at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she received a bachelor’s and two master’s degrees. Initially, she planned to be a veterinarian, but during her senior year of college she changed her mind. A class in endocrinology and a discussion with her high school AP biology teacher convinced her to be a teacher.

After receiving a Ph.D. in reproductive physiology from West Virginia University, she wanted to return to the south. She’s been teaching at Wingate ever since.

“Teaching is truly what I’m meant to do,” she said. “I love teaching. If you really like your job, it doesn’t feel like work.” Surely, her high energy and enthusiasm are a boost to the program.

She and undergraduate students have been collaborating on a project with the USDA doing research at the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Idaho. The group is researching more than 80,000 lambing records to determine reproductive issues involving ewes who have a male or female twin sibling.

In addition to teaching anatomy and physiology classes and working on the research project, she serves as chair of the department. She is excited about the current renovation of the science labs in the Bridges building and the growth within the program.

“One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is watching students grow both academically and personally during their time at Wingate,” Brown said. “Being a part of their journey is such a blessing, as many have become physicians, pharmacists, nurses, veterinarians or pursued research in graduate school.”

And when she isn’t teaching, she can be found early in the morning working out at a CrossFit gym. She also stays busy keeping up with her 5-year old son Nate.