Teacher-Scholar Legacies: Jim Curran

James Curran and Jeff Muday with Students

The WFU Department of Biology is proud to celebrate the career and extraordinary service to Wake Forest of Professor James F. Curran on the occasion of his retirement. Congratulations, Jim!

Dr. Curran was an innovative teacher and taught a diversity of subjects, from Genetics to Microbiology. When he first took on the job of co-teaching our non-majors’ biology course, he chose not to make it a mini-version of a traditional didactic course. Instead, he was among the first faculty in our department to adopt a flipped course model. Dr. Curran’s willingness to experiment with teaching methods other than traditional didactic lectures in that course opened the door for other faculty to experiment with alternative class formats. Today, a majority of our faculty teach using one or more non-lecture strategies, which has greatly benefited our evermore diverse student body.”Dr. Erik C. Johnson, Chair and Professor of Biology

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