Dr. Christopher Inman Brandon, Jr.
Professor of Biological SciencesDownload vCard
Dr. Christopher Inman Brandon, Jr. arrived at Georgia Gwinnett College in August 2006 as one of ten charter faculty members to lay the foundations for the first four year college in Gwinnett County. Prior to arriving in Lawrenceville, he was an assistant professor of biology at East Georgia College in Swainsboro, Ga. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky with a major in animal science, equine emphasis and completed his graduate work from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia by earning a master’s and Ph.D. in the areas of reproductive physiology and molecular physiology, respectively. However, Brandon's passion is focused on the art of teaching and student learning.
Brandon’s personal teaching philosophy is centered on the teachings of the late Ernest Boyer of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Learning. Simply put, Boyer suggested that scholarship is comprised of four different components: the scholarship of discovery, the scholarship of integration, the scholarship of application and the scholarship of teaching. It is these four components that collectively define the academic activities and university programs of a college or university. While each element is no better than the other with all four bearing equal weight, our recent understanding of scholarship has been too narrowly focused on basic research, with other functions such as teaching flowing from, rather than being on a par with, research. To that end, Brandon’s lifelong goal is to become an established and influential professor.
- Doctorate – molecular physiology – University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine
- Master’s – reproductive physiology – University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine
- Bachelor’s – animal science, equine emphasis – University of Kentucky, Department of Animal Science
- Molecular physiology
- Reproductive physiology
- Receptor pharmacology
- Signal transduction mechanism
- Inflammatory response mechanisms
- Governor's Teaching Fellow, 2009
- American Association for the Advancement of Science
- The Physiological Society