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Dr. Adam Underwood Named 2014 Walsh Outstanding Educator of the Year

What's New, 2014-05-19

Associate Professor of Biology Adam Underwood, Ph.D., was recently honored as the Walsh University 2014 Outstanding Educator of the Year. Sponsored by the Walsh University Student Government (WUSG), the Outstanding Educator of the Year Award is voted on by the Walsh students and given annually to a professor who is a prime example of a true, all-around educator.

“I’m a Walsh graduate myself. Looking back, the University definitely influenced me as a student and has impacted the way I teach now,” said Dr. Underwood '00. “It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by the students with this award. The fact that I was once a student at Walsh myself makes the whole experience kind of surreal!”

Underwood joined Walsh University in 2006 and currently serves as an associate professor of biology teaching courses such as the Principles of Biology, Anatomy and Physiology; Microbiology; and Cellular and Molecular Biology Techniques. Prior to Walsh, Underwood was an instructor with The University of Akron Wayne Campus from 2005-2006 and served as a graduate teaching assistant at The University of Akron from 2001-2007.

In addition to classroom instruction, Underwood is actively involved with several research initiatives at Walsh University including a study of the SRY protein as it relates to various disease states including elevated blood pressure in men. Underwood is also collaborating with Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Jackie Novak on Walsh’s first federally-funded research grant to study the molecular attributes associated with the hormone relaxin and its possible ties to cardiovascular heart disease in women.

Underwood is a member of The Ohio Academy of Science, Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, the American Chestnut Foundation and Sigma Zeta National Science and Mathematics Honor Society. He earned his B.S. in Biology from Walsh University in 2000, his M.S. in Biology from The University of Akron and earned his Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the School of Biomedical Sciences at Kent State University in 2008. 

A Stark County native, Underwood graduated from Jackson High School and is currently a Lawrence Township resident, where he and his wife Eileen, and their three children Cora, Connor and Samuel, spend time enjoying the outdoors.

Photo Caption (L to R): Walsh University President Richard Jusseaume, WUSG Senior Senator Clara Hawkins, 2014 Outstanding Educator Dr. Adam Underwood, and Provost/Academic Vice President Dr. Laurence Bove.