Bob Tallitsch
Professor & Author


I have served as a professor in the Biology Department at Augustana from 1975 until the present, and I have served as a faculty member in the Asian Studies Program since 1989. I earned the B.A. in Biology from North Central College in 1971, and the Ph.D. in Physiology with an Anatomy minor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1975, joining the Augustana faculty at the ripe old age of 24.

My Primary Role as a Teacher

While my teaching philosophy is multi-faceted, the poem below sums it up best. I love what I do, and I love the students I teach. I want the students in my classes to succeed, both inside and outside the classroom. I am concerned about them as students, and as people.

I am a teacher. A teacher is someone who leads. There is no magic here. I do not walk on water, I do not part the sea. I just love my students.

-adapted from Marva Collins

The mission of the Biology Scholars Program is to empower biologists to be leaders in science education reform and catalyze professional societies to sustain undergraduate education reform.