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Greetings! You may as well know from the start: I am a stubborn Swede. I'm curious, creative, and obsessive-compulsive. This combination of traits makes me an effective scientist and educator (and also gets me into no end of trouble). In addition to these roles, I am also integrally involved in the assessment of student learning and the revamping of the General Education program at Ferris State University. In particular, I am interesting in bringing the concept of reproducible research into both our General Education assessment practices and our Biology classrooms.

Specialties: Cultivation and characterization of anaerobic bacteria, bacterial genetics, bioinformatics, course assessment, computer programming with Perl, Python, and R, and online instruction.

Work History

Jul 2013Present

Professor

FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY

Responsible for teaching General Microbiology, Microbiology and Immunology, Medical Microbiology, and Proteins in the Department of Biological Sciences

20002006

Assistant Professor

California State University, Long Beach

Was responsible for teaching Medical Microbiology and General Microbiology to Microbiology majors. (80 students per year) Initiated the use of service learning in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Served on the college curriculum and election committees.

Directed a HHMI-funded research program on the genes responsible for lipopolysaccharide biosynthesis in Fusobacterium nucleatum.

19962000

Adjunct Professor

Piedmont Virginia Community College

Responsible for teaching Microbiology to Allied Health students and General Biology to various majors. (60 students per year)

19971999

Post-doctoral fellow

University of Virginia, School of Medicine

Was a research associate in the laboratory of Dr. Joanna Goldberg, Associate Professor of Microbiology. My research involved cloning and characterizing the genes responsible for lipopolysaccharide biosynthesis in strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

19901997

Post-doctoral fellow

University of Virginia, School of Medicine

Was a research associate in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Kadner, Professor of Microbiology. My research involved investigating the transcriptional regulation of the vitamin B12 transporter btuB in Escherichia coli.

Education

19861990

Ph.D.

Medical College of Virginia

I next completed my Ph.D. from the Medical College of Virginia while working with Dr. Phillip Hylemon. My doctoral thesis was entitled "Purification and characterization of two oxidoreductases involved in bile acid modification by the intestinal anaerobe Eubacterium sp VPI 12708". I spent the bulk of four years in a coldroom trying to purify enzymes involved in bile acid biotransformations by this organism - I must have missed the Fargo climate. 

19841986

M.S.

North Dakota State University

After graduating from Concordia, I moved across the Red River to pursue my Masters degree. At NDSU, I studied under Dr. Thomas Glass in what was then the Department of Bacteriology. My thesis was entiltled "Glucose uptake by the cellulolytic rumen anaerobe Bacteroides succinogenes". This bacterium (which has since been renamed Fibrobacter succinogenes S85) is a Gram-negative strict anaerobe found in the bovine rumen. My research focused upon the kinetics and energetics of glucose transport in vitro.

19801984

B.A.

Concordia College

Graduated with a Baccheror's degree in Biology with a minor in Philosophy. While studying at Concordia, I took my first microbiology courses and fell in love with the field. I was hooked after taking General Microbiology and Parisitology with Dr. Paulson. During my senior year, I also enrolled in a Medical Microbiology course at NDSU. The rest, as they say, was history.

Certifications

Jan 2013Present

COAT

University of Maryland

"The Certificate for Online Adjunct Teaching (COAT) provides online professional development for instructors who wish to learn how to teach online or to improve their online teaching expertise. The course was originally designed for college adjunct instructors. However, full-time instructors, instructional designers, administrators, and K-12 educators also find the course to be very valuable."

- See more at: http://marylandonline.org/coat/

May 2015Present

Higher Education Assessment Specialist

James Madison University

This four-course graduate certificate focuses upon policy issues in higher education and how these policies affect assessment practice in colleges and universities. Through applied projects and experiences, students develop professional assessment skills, including instrument design and consultation. The coursework culminates in a consultation project wherein students participate in all phases of the assessment process working on an assessment-related experience at his or her home institution.

- See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/outreach/programs/all/assessment/index.shtml

May 2015Present

Data Science

Johns Hopkins University

This ten-course series (offered through Coursera) covered the concepts and tools needed throughout the entire data science pipeline, from asking the right kinds of questions to making inferences and publishing results. The Specialization concluded with a Capstone project.

Awards

Outstanding Course Assessment (2015)

Top 25 STEM Professor in Michigan (2013)

Ferris State University Distinguished Teacher of the Year (2012)

Softchalk Higher Education Online Challenge Winner (2011)

Exemplary On-Line Course, Web Enhanced (2007)

Committee Assignments

Departmental Committees:

      Biology Program Review (2014, chair)

      Department Planning Committee (2011-2104)

      Department Awards Committee (2012-present)

      Geneticist Faculty Search Committee (2012-2013)

      Microbiologist Faculty Search Committee (2010-2011)

      Developmental Biologist Faculty Search Committee (2007-2008)

      Department Curriculum Committee (2007-2009)

      Department Assessment Committee (ad hoc) (2009-present) - currently serving as chair

College Committees:

      College of Arts and Sciences Dean Search Committee (2015)

      FLITE (library) Assistant Dean Search Committee (2015)

      College of Arts and Sciences Dean Search Committee (2011-2012)

      College of Arts and Sciences Planning Committee (2011-present)

      College of Arts and Sciences Assessment Committee (2012-present, current chair)

      College of Arts and Sciences Assessment Committee (2007-2013)

University Committees:

      General Education Committee (2014 - present, chair)

      Ferris First (2014 - present)

      Strategic Planning and Resource Committee (2014 - present)

      University Assessment Committee (2012-2014)

      Vice-President of Student Affairs Search Committee (2013, co-chair)

      National Competitive Scholarships Committee (2006-2007)

      Human Subjects Review Committee (2006-2013)

      General Education Scientific Understanding Committee (2008-2010)

Adminstrative Duties

General Education Coordinator (2014 to Present):
Ensuring that established general education policies and procedures are properly structured and  implemented. Developing new policies as needed for consideration by the Academic Senate and Provost that strengthen the General Education Program and are based on university-wide feedback, assessment data, and best practices.  Coordinating the implementation of general education assessment, curricular mapping, and course re-certification. Developing, coordinating, and promoting, through the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning and other avenues, activities that encourage and support the use of High Impact Practices (HIPs) for faculty who are or may be teaching general education courses.  Overseeing the design, development, and maintenance of the General Education Program website and other general education materials. Preparing regular updates and an annual report to the Academic Senate and Provost about the status and activities of the General Education Program. Mediating and working to resolve general education issues that arise. Continuing to work with others to recognize, develop, and coordinate co-curricular experiences that address the Ferris Learning Outcomes in ways that can be meaningfully implemented, credited, and tracked as part of an FSU student’s general education experience. And finally, taking part in developing and implementing new and ongoing initiatives in Academic Affairs and in Student Affairs related to student success and retention.

BS Biological Sciences Coordinator (2012 to present): 
Oversee administrative functions for the BS program in Biological Sciences. Developed and oversaw the program assessment plan. This included formulation of learning outcomes, curriculum mapping, identification of suitable course instruments, and providing training and support to the faculty. Maintained program assessment data and provided periodic reports for program evaluation and improvement. Authored a completely new set of Departmental bylaws. Was responsible for producing and report the Academic Program Review document (2015). Also actively involved in developing ongoing curricular revisions for the program through the work of an ad hoc committee.

Academic Affairs Assessment Coordinator (2012 to 2014): 
Served as the primary resource on assessment to the university community and chaired the Assessment Committee in its effort to improve the quality of courses and programs. Also coordinated educational activities and a series of forums through the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.

Courses Taught

Courses Taught at Ferris State University

BIOL108: Medical Microbiology. (2006 - present)
This three-unit course is taught every semester and is part of the core curriculum for allied health sciences majors at Ferris State University. The class focuses upon the diversity of microbial life forms, the basis of a protective immune defense, and a brief survey of important microbial pathogens. The laboratory covers essential microbiological techniques and includes a group-based directed research project on a topic of the students' choosing.

BIOL286: General Microbiology. (2006 - present)
This three-unit course is taught every semester and is part of the curriculum for the clinical laboratory sciences program at Ferris State University. The lectures serve as a brief introduction to the microbial world including microbial structure, function, metabolism, classification, genetics, control of microbial growth and immunity. The laboratory provides practical experience with fundamental concepts, techniques and instrumentation and includes fieldtrips to the Big Rapids wastewater treatment plant. I am also attempting to coordinate visits to the Yoplait plant in Reed City, the Big Rapids hospital diagnostic lab, and the Big Rapids water treatment plant.

BIOL386: Microbiology and Immunology. (2015)
This five-unit course was taught during the summer and is a required course for many pre-professional programs. The lectures cover microbial structure, function, metabolism, classification, genetics, control of microbial growth and immunity all in the context of microbial pathogenesis. The laboratories provide hands-on opportunities to practice using modern techniques and center around best practices in keeping research laboratory notebooks. 

BIOL387: Microbiology and Immunology. (2008 and 2009) 
This three-unit course is taught every semester and is part of the curriculum for the clinical laboratory sciences program at Ferris State University. The lectures serve as a brief introduction to the microbial world including microbial structure, function, metabolism, classification, genetics, control of microbial growth and immunity.

BIOL472: Proteins. (2013) 
This three-unit course is taught every other year and is part of the curriculum for the Biotechnology program at Ferris State University. The class covers protein structure, function, purification, and characterization with an emphasis on lab applications, problem solving, and trouble-shooting.

Courses Taught at Other Institutions

MICR320: Bacterial Pathogenesis. CSULB (2000 - 2006)
This five-unit course is taught every semester and is part of the core curriculum for Microbiology majors at CSULB. Lectures were focused upon molecular mechanisms of host-parasite interactions in a broad range of human pathogens.

MICR471: Bacterial Physiology. CSULB (2000 - 2006)
This is a three-unit course that is taught once per year during the spring semester. Using a comparative approach, the growth, metabolism, nutrition, and ecology of bacteria and archaebacteria are discussed. Recent publications are used to compare and contrast the diverse strategies employed by prokaryotes to adapt to their environment.

BIOL696: Research Methods. CSULB (2002 - 2006)
This three-unit, course is offered during the fall semester for graduate students in the process of completing their thesis. Topics covered include experimental design, data presentation, computer graphics, and technical writing. The class culminates with formal oral, written, and poster presentation of their research.

BIOL220H: Introduction to Bioinformatics. CSULB (2004)
This two-unit, team-taught course is offered during the fall semester to honors students in the department. Topics covered include the nature of biological information, database design and queries, sequence comparisons, phylogenetic analyses, and predictions of structure and function based upon sequence data. One half of the course time is dedicated to using current computer algorithms for actual sequence analyses.

MICR200: General Microbiology for Health Professionals. CSULB (2005)
This is a general microbiology course for those planning careers in nursing, health care and education, and foods and nutrition. This course offers a broad overview of the structure, function, and diversity of microorganisms with an emphasis on their roles in human health. I served as a laboratory instructor.

NAS185: Microbiology. Piedmont Virginia Community College (1997 - 1999)
This four-unit course provided an introduction to microorganisms, their metabolism, and involvement in human disease. Emphasis was placed upon prokaryotic metabolism and genetics as well as the molecular and cellular aspects of the human immune system.

BIO101/102: Introductory Biology Laboratory. Piedmont Virginia Community College (1996 -1999)
Laboratory sessions included exercises spanning Botany, Animal Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, and Molecular Biology. As laboratory instructor, I prepared, presented, and graded all lab materials, quizzes, and practical exams.

Skills

Online course design

I have taught using Moodle, WebCT, Blackboard, and my own websites. My classes are constructed to adhere to be W3C, WAI, and Quality Matters compliant. I have developed a collection of laboratory and lecture supplements that allow me to teach either in blended or completely online modalities.

Assessment of student learning

I am the Academic Affairs Assessment Coordinator at Ferris State University. I have led workshops on writing good outcomes, construction curriculum maps for programs, associating assignments with program outcomes in Blackboard, and proper reporting and use of assessment results for program improvement.

Data analysis

I have completed the Data Science track on Coursera and taught myself the key principles of data analysis using Python, R, and SQL. I use these skills to analyze and report our assessment findings at Ferris

Computer programming

I have taught myself to code in order to produce course content for my classes. So far I have learned and am continuing to use Perl, Python, Javascript, and Ruby. I have also taught myself the basics of coding for R (statistics).

Molecular Biology

I am proficient in most molecular biology techniques: mini-, midi-, and maxi-preps of plasmid and genomic DNA, restriction mapping, electrophoresis, Southern, Northern, and Western blotting, cloning, sequencing, primer design, and primer design.

Protein purification

Have used low pressure, FPLC, and HPLC chromatography to purify and characterize a variety of bacterial enzymes to homogeneity. This has included both native proteins and enzymes that have been engineered to include affinity tags.

Publications

1. Franklund, C.V. Microbiology. Chancellors Learning Systems, Fishers, IN. (2004).

2. Pandak, W.M., P. Bohdan, C. Franklund, D.H. Mallonee, G. Eggertsen, I. Björkhem, Z.R. Vlahcevic, and P.B. Hylemon.  Expression of Sterol 12a-Hydroxylase Alters Bile Acid Pool Composition in Primary Rat Hepatocytes and In Vivo. Gastroenterology 120:1801-9 (2001).

3. Dean, C.D., C.V. Franklund, J.D. Retief, M.J. Coyne, Jr., K. Hatano, D.J. Evans, G.B. Pier, and J.B. Goldberg.  Characterization of the O Antigen Locus from the Serogroup O11 Pseudomonas aeruginosa Strain PA103: Identification of the O Antigen Polymerase Gene. J. Bacteriol. 181: 4275-4284 (1999).

4. Franklund, C.V., and J.B. Goldberg. Cloning and Characterization of gltX from Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAK. J. Bacteriol. 181:3582-3586 (1999).

5. Franklund, C.V. and R.J. Kadner. Multiple Transcribed Elements Control Expression of the Escherichia coli btuB Gene. J. Bacteriol. 179:4039-4042 (1997).

6. Aitchison, Paul M., Spencer B. Gay, C.V. Franklund, and J.J. Jackson. A Web-based End of Rotation Quiz. Acad. Radiol. 4: 860-61 (1997).

7. Lathrop, J.T., C.V. Franklund and R.J. Kadner. Communication Between Membranes in TonB-Dependent Transport Across the Bacterial Outer Membrane. In W.N. Kohings, H.R. Kaback and J.S. Lolkema (eds). Handbook of Biol. Phys. Vol. 2. Elsevier Press (1996).

8. Franklund, C.V., S.F. Baron, and P.B. Hylemon. Characterization of the baiH Gene Encoding a Bile Acid-Inducible NADH:Flavin Oxidoreductase from Eubacterium sp. Strain VPI 12708. J. Bacteriol. 175:3002-3012 (1993).

9. Baron, S.F., C.V. Franklund, and P.B. Hylemon. Cloning, Sequencing, and Expression of the Gene Coding for Bile Acid 7-Hydroxysteroid Dehydrogenase from Eubacterium sp. Strain VPI 12708. J. Bacteriol. 173:4558-4569 (1991).

10. Hylemon, P.B., P.D. Melone, C.V. Franklund, E. Lund, and I. Björkhem. Mechanism of Intestinal 7-dehydroxylation of Cholic Acid: Evidence that Allo-Deoxycholic Acid is an Inducible Side-Product. J. Lipid Res. 32: 89-96 (1991).

11. Franklund, C.V., P. de Prada, and P.B. Hylemon. Purification and Characterization of a Microbial, NADP-Dependent Bile Acid 7-Hydroxysteroid Dehydrogenase. J. Biol. Chem. 265: 9842-9849 (1990).

12. White, W.B., C.V. Franklund, J.P. Coleman, and P.B. Hylemon. Evidence for a Multigene Family Involved in Bile Acid 7-Dehydroxylation in Eubacterium sp. Strain VPI 12708. J. Bacteriol. 170: 4555-4561 (1988).

13. Franklund, C.V., and T.L. Glass. Glucose Uptake by the Cellulolytic Rumenal Anaerobe Bacteroides succinogenes. J. Bacteriol. 169: 500-506 (1987).

Abstracts

  1. Franklund, C.V., Facilitating the Systematic Assessment and Reporting of Course-Related General Education Outcomes. AAC&U General Education Assessment (2016). 
  2. Creating Institutional Processes that Enhance Faculty Engagement in Learning Assessment. HLC-NCA Assessment Workshop. (2013).
  3. Franklund, C.V.. Facilitating Collaborative Learning with Google Apps. Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching. (2010).
  4. Woodman, H., C.V. Franklund, and C. Conley-Sowels. Rubrics + Readability  =  Retention --The 3 Rs: Making the Connection. Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching. (2010).
  5. Woodman, H., C.V. Franklund, and C. Conley-Sowels. Rubrics Rock! Using Rubrics to Assess Authentic Student Learning. Texas A&M Assessment Conference. (2010).
  6. Woodman, H., C.V. Franklund, and C. Conley-Sowels. Rubrics Rock! Rubistar and Beyond: Rubrics to Use Monday Morning. Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching. (2009).
  7. Franklund, C.V. Using Computer-Assisted Formative Feedback to Enhance Learning in an Introductory-Level Microbiology Course. Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching. (2008).
  8. Nolan, D., H. Abdelhadi, and C.V. Franklund. Cloning and Characterization of the recA Gene from Fusobacterium nucleatum 10953. National Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. (2003).
  9. Raps, A., and C.V. Franklund. Cloning and Analysis of a Lipopolysaccharide Core Gene from Fusobacterium nucleatum. National Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. (2002).
  10. Raps, A., and C.V. Franklund. Cloning and Analysis of a Lipopolysaccharide Core Gene from Fusobacterium nucleatum. Southern California Branch Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. (2001).
  11. Krebs, T., C.V. Franklund, and J.B. Goldberg.Function Analysis of Enzymes in Lipopolysaccharide Biosynthesis. Annu. Meet. of the Virginia Branch of the Amer. Soc. for Microbiol. (1999). (Honorable Mention).
  12. Dean, C.D., C.V. Franklund, J.D. Retief, M.J. Coyne, Jr., K. Hatano, D.J. Evans, G.B. Pier, and J.B. Goldberg. Sequence Analysis of the O Antigen Locus from the Serogroup O11 Pseudomonas aeruginosa Strain PA103. Abstr. Annu. Meet Am. Soc. Microbiol. (1998).
  13. Franklund, C.V. and J.B. Goldberg.  Cloning and Characterization of GltX from Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Abstr. Annu. Meet. Am. Soc. Microbiol. (1998).
  14. Franklund, C.V. and R.J. Kadner. Regulation of btuB in Escherichia coli. Abstr. Annu. Meet. Am. Soc. Microbiol. (1996).
  15. Baron, S. F., C. V. Franklund, and P. B. Hylemon. Cloning, Sequencing, and Expression of the Gene coding for 7a-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase from Eubacterium sp. VPI 12708. Southeastern Microbial Physiology and Genetics Conference (1994).
  16. Baron, S. F., C. V. Franklund, and P. B. Hylemon. Characterization of the Bile Acid-Inducible NADH:Flavin Oxidoreductase Gene from Eubacterium sp. VPI 12708. Annu. Meet. of the Virginia Branch of the Am. Soc. for Microbiol. (1993).
  17. Baron, S. F., C. V. Franklund, and P. B. Hylemon. Characterization of the Bile Acid-Inducible NADH:Flavin Oxidoreductase Gene from Eubacterium sp. VPI 12708. Abstr. Annu. Meet. Am. Soc. Microbiol. (1993).
  18. Franklund, C.V., and P.B. Hylemon. Purification and Characterization of a 7a - Hydroxysteroid Dehydrogenase from Eubacterium sp. Strain VPI 12708. Annu. Meet. of the Virginia Branch of the Am. Soc. for Microbiol. (1989). (Outstanding Speaker Award)
  19. Franklund, C.V., and P.B. Hylemon. Evidence for a Multiprotein Complex Containing the Cholate-Inducible NADH:Flavin Oxidoreductase from Eubacterium sp. Strain VPI 12708. Abstr. Ann. Meet. Am. Soc. Microbiol. (1988).
  20. Franklund, C.V., and P.B. Hylemon. Evidence for a Multiprotein Complex Containing the Cholate-Inducible NADH:Flavin Oxidoreductase from Eubacterium sp. Strain VPI 12708. Annu. Meet. of the Virginia Branch of the Amer. Soc. for Microbiol. (1988).
  21. Franklund, C.V., and T.L. Glass. Glucose Uptake by the Cellulolytic Rumen Anaerobe Bacteroides succinogenes S85. Annu. Meet. of the North Dakota Branch Am. Soc. Microbiol. (1986).
  22. Franklund, C.V., and T.L. Glass. Glucose Uptake by the Cellulolytic Rumen Anaerobe Bacteroides succinogenes S85. Abst. Ann. Meet. Am. Soc. Microbiol. (1986).

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