Charles F. Austerberry, PhD
Charles F. Austerberry, PhD

Charles F. Austerberry, PhD

Assistant Professor
Director, The pre-professional advising team in the EDGE includes pre-law and pre-health advising, with my involvement limited to pre-health. The other three team members are full-time advisors (non-faculty).
College of Arts and Sciences

Expertise/Specializations

  • Molecular and cellular biology, biology of protists, science and religion

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Biology

Position

  • Assistant Professor

Secondary Appointment

  • College of Arts and Sciences

Teaching Activity

  • General Biology - Molecular and Cellular, Cell Structure and Function, Molecular Genetics Laboratory, Biology of the Protists, Pre-Medical Education Seminar

Biography

 DEGREES EARNED: 
  • B.A. in Biology, magna cum laude, 1979, Kalamazoo College
  • Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, 1987, Washington University
 
PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT:
  • Research Assistant, Michigan Cancer Foundation, Detroit MI, June 1979 to August 1981
  • Graduate Fellow, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle WA, December 1986 to July 1987
  • Assistant Professor of Biology, Creighton University, Omaha NE, August 1987 to present
  • Director of Pre-Health Professions Advising, Creighton University, Omaha NE, August 2014 - present
 
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND CONSULTATION
  • Achieve Inc., reviewer of Next Generation Science Standards
  • American Scientific Affiliation, member and reviewer of journal articles
  • National Center for Science Education, member
  • National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions, member
  • Nebraska Religious Coalition for Science Education, co-founder and public lecturer
 
FELLOWSHIPS, HONORS, AND AWARDS: 
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Kalamazoo College Delta Chapter of Michigan, 1979
  • National Institutes of Health Predoctoral Fellowship, 1981–1982
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1982–1985
  • Dean's Award for Professional Excellence in Teaching, 1995
  • Dean’s Award for Professional Excellence in Service, 2011
  • Spirit of Saint Ignatius Award, 2013
  • College of Arts and Sciences Pre-Major Advising Award, 2014
   
TEACHING AT CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY:
  • Biology of the Protists (BIO 455) lecture and laboratory
  • Current Topics in Cellular and Molecular Biology (BIO 532) lecture and discussion
  • Cell Structure and Function (BIO 362) lecture
  • General Biology: Molecular and Cellular (formerly BIO 211, now BIO 202/206) lecture and laboratory
  • Molecular Biology Lecture (BIO 417/MIC 617)
  • Molecular Genetics Laboratory (BIO 419/MIC 619)
  • Pre-Health Professions Learning Communities (PHLC, PDDS, PMED)
  • Science and Religion (SRP/PHL/THL 420) lecture and discussion
  • Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Program, Health Sciences - Multicultural and Community Affairs (HS-MACA)

Publications and Presentations

Articles

  • Austerberry, Charles F. Clapping with One Hand, Perspectives on Science & Christian Faith, 65, 214-215, 2013
  • Austerberry, C. F. Evolution and christian faith: reflections of an evolutionary biologists, Reports of the national center for science education, 27, 49, 2007

Publications

  • Austerberry, C. F. Evolving sequel to Bryan's last campaign, News Bank Access World News, 2005