Professor and Chair, Neuroscience Program, Professor of Psychology
Neuroscience Program and Psychology Department
Dr. G. Andrew Mickley is a Professor in the Neuroscience and Psychology programs at Baldwin-Wallace College. He received his undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College and his M.A. and Ph.D degrees in Physiological Psychology from the University of Virginia. He came to B-W in 1993 after a 21-year career in the United States Air Force. Dr. Mickley retired from the Air Force with the rank of Lt. Colonel. While working in the Department of Defense, Dr. Mickley did extensive research in the brain sciences. He has published over 50 journal articles and books describing his studies on learning and memory, brain plasticity, recovery from brain damage, neurotoxicology, neuropharmacology, obesity and neural transplantation. Dr. Mickley's current research is supported by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). He is a Fellow in the American Psychological Society and the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society and a Charter member of the Society for Neuroscience. He is Executive Director of Nu Rho Psi, the national honor society in Neuroscience. At B-W, he also directs the Faculty-Student Collaborative Scholarship program, and is Chair of the Neuroscience Studies Committee. Dr. Mickley continues to be an active scientist as he directs the activities of students working in the Neuroscience Laboratory located in the Life and Earth Sciences Building. Dr. Mickley teaches Principles of Psychology, Physiological Psychology and several courses in the Neuroscience curriculum.
What have you learned while teaching at B-W?:
Teaching and mentoring undergraduate students is a tremendous responsibility, privledge and joy.
What inspired you to get into college teaching?:
I was offered an opportunity to establish a Neurscience Program at a quailty undergraduate school that focuses on personalized instruction. Who could turn this down?
Describe the ways in which you mentor students interested in your department:
Students in the sciences need opportunities to do hands-on research. Through various grants from the National Sciences Foundation and the National Institutes of Heath B-W Neuroscience, Psychology, Biology and Chemistry majors have these kinds of research experiences.
If you weren't teaching what would you be doing?:
Probably doing brain research and developing drugs that combat neurological disorders at a pharmaceutical firm. Either that, or hiking in the Rocky Mountains :).
What do students like best about your class?:
They tell me that they like the challenges and that I treat them like the responsible adults they are. I expect hard work and I'm pleased to say that most students meet the challenge and flourish.