Dr. Leslie Wooten
Assistant Professor of Biology, Claflin University
Dr. Leslie Wooten joined the faculty of the Department of Biology at Claflin University in 2010 following her participation in a postdoctoral scholars program funded by the National Institutes of Health. The NIH grant allowed her to gain teaching experience at Claflin University while finishing her postdoctoral research project at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).
It has been clear since she first arrived on our campus, that her assertion that “getting to know the students as individuals is one of my absolute priorities” was given life by her actions in and out of the classroom. She is especially committed to having students participate in work that will strengthen, not only their science content mastery, but their writing, communication, and leadership skills as well.
Dr. Wooten chose to further her training in the art of teaching during the summer of 2011 through her attendance of two 24-part courses -- even while maintaining her collaborative research program with colleagues at MUSC. Her students are effectively mentored as developing scientists as they participate alongside her in conducting award winning cancer research. Dr. Wooten was selected for the American Association for the Cancer Research Minority Serving Institution Faculty Scholar award in 2012.
In the words of Dr. Karl Wright, Provost at Claflin University: “Dr. Wooten is an inspiring model of the successful marriage between high quality student teaching and high quality research scholarship which Claflin University so prizes amongst our faculty.”
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