A Chicago native, Elaine received her B.S. and M.S. in Animal Sciences from the University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Arizona in Animal Sciences in 1992. After teaching for 8 years at Pima Community College, she went back to UArizona as a Professor of Practice in the Department of Veterinary Science and Microbiology. In addition to teaching Animal Anatomy and Physiology, Animal Nutrition, and Equine Science, she developed a general education class, Human and Animal Interrelationships from Domestication to Present, for which she was awarded the Provost’s General Education Teaching Award in 2009. This course examines the relationships of humans with animals throughout the ages. From evolution, domestication, the ancient river civilizations, and feudal and renaissance eras up through modern times, the relationships of animals with humans are explored. This class was popular with an average attendance of 800 students per semester.
Elaine added Assistant Dean to her title and moved into a more administrative position in the Office of Career and Academic Services in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). Along with teaching, she took on curriculum and assessment duties for the college. In 2011, she was interim Associate Dean for Career and Academic Services. However, in 2015, it was time for a change and Elaine moved from teaching and administrative work into the UA’s Office of Instruction and Assessment (now called the University Center for Assessment, Teaching, and Technology). As the Assistant Director of Assessment, she currently assists faculty with building and maintaining assessment plans for their programs. She is also the Director of Assessment for the General Education Program.
Elaine lives in Marana, Arizona where she keeps her horses, chickens, and ducks. Her hobbies are reading, painting, and horseback riding. An avid Harry Potter fan, Elaine’s office contains quite a collection of paraphernalia and fun stuff!