Jerilyn Mitchell Swann, Ph.D. 

Maryville College, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, Tennessee, 37804       

Office:  (865) 981-8068; Fax (865) 981-8175   
E-mail:  jerilyn.swann@maryvillecollege.edu; Webpage: http://www.maryvillecollege.edu/academics/faculty/jswann

Objective
Exploration of biology and liberal arts through instruction, undergraduate research, and service

Education
Ph.D. Zoology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1998
             Dissertation:  Evaluation of two in vitro ciliated epithelial systems,                                  dog trachea and frog palate, for potential as screens for acute inhalation                          toxicity
M.S. Zoology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1994
             Thesis:  The functional and ultrastructural effects of the of the                                        organophosphorous insecticides DursbanTM and LorsbanTM on the ciliated                epithelium of the frog palate in vitro   
B.S. Zoology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1992

Positions Held
   Chair, Division of Natural Sciences, Maryville College, June 2011 to present
    Associate Professor of Biology, Maryville College, 2004-present
    Assistant Professor of Biology, Maryville College, 1999-2004
    Instructor, Itawamba Community College, Fulton, MS, 1997-1999

Teaching Experience
Maryville College (1999-present)
        Biology 115 – Principles of Cellular Biology with Lab
        Biology 299 – Biology Research Methods
        Biology 301 – Cellular and Tissue Biology with Lab
        Biology 351 & 352 – Senior Study
        Biology 413 – Microbial Ecology – new course with Lab
        Science 150 – Introduction to Natural Sciences with Lab
        Science 350 – Science and Medicine; Hot Topics in Cell Biology
        FRS 120 – Perspectives on the Individual
        FRS 130 – Perspectives on the Environment – Solid Waste
        FRS 140 – Perspectives on the American Community – The Working Poor;                                     The Bill of Rights                                                                                               FYS 100 - Introduction to the College                                                                              FYS 110 - First-Year Seminar:  Sex, Drugs, and Survival in the Natural Sciences

Itawamba Community College (1997-1999)
        General Biology
        Major’s Biology Laboratory
        General Zoology
        Environmental Science – new course

Recent Professional Development

  • Three poster presentations with 3 students, Stephen Revilla, Rebecca Heard, and Tyler Carter, at 51st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology, Denver, CO, December 2011.  Poster titles: Evaluation of Different Nutrient Medias on Population Growth of Tetrahymena pyriformis; Effect of Centrifugation on Viability of the Ciliated Protist Tetrahymena pyriformis; and Improvement of Absorbance Measurements of Tetrahymena pyriformis Using the Vital Stain Acridine Orange/Ethidium Bromide.
  • Project coordinator for Undergraduate Science Education and Research Institute at Maryville College, supervising 3 students in the cell biology lab, Summer, 2011.
  • Poster presenter with student Abby Ogle at 50th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology, Philadelphia, PA, December 2010.  Poster title: Ethidium Bromide/Acridine Orange Staining Method for Counting Cell Populations of Tetrahymena pyriformis
  • Final Reviewer for one chapter of Freeman’s Biological Sciences, Benjamin Cummings Publishing Company, June, 2009


Research Publications (students in bold)

Sterrett JD, Marks M, Dunlap J, Swann J, Schrock K. (in press, 2014) The effects SEM desiccation preparation has on demineralized dentin surfaces. International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry                                                Abstract: Heard RE, Revilla SF, Carter TR, Swann JM (2011) Evaluation of Different Nutrient Medias on Population Growth of Tetrahymena pyriformis. Molecular Biology of the Cell 22 (suppl):2214.
Abstract: Carter TR, Heard RE, Revilla SF, Swann JM (2011) Effect of Centrifugation on Viability of the Ciliated Protist Tetrahymena pyriformis. Molecular Biology of the Cell 22 (suppl):2234.
Abstract: Revilla SF, Carter TR, Heard RE, Swann JM (2011)  Improvement of Absorbance Measurements of Tetrahymena pyriformis Using the Vital Stain Acridine Orange/Ethidium Bromide. Molecular Biology of the Cell 22 (suppl):2242.
Abstract: Ogle AE, Swann JM (2010) Ethidium Bromide/Acridine Orange Staining Method for Counting Cell Populations of Tetrahymena pyriformisMolecular Biology of the Cell 21(4299):3141.
Swann JM, Schultz TW, Kennedy JR (1999) Evaluation of two in vitro ciliated epithelial systems, dog trachea and frog palate, for potential as screens for sensory irritation. In Vitro and Molecular Toxicology 12(1):17-32
Swann JM, Schultz TW, Kennedy JR (1996) The effects of the organophosphorous insecticides Dursban™ and Lorsban™ on the ciliated epithelium of the frog palate in vitro.  Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 30:188-194
Swann JM, Carver TA, Schultz TW (1995) Mechanism-based structure-toxicity relationships for Chlorella vulgaris.  Toxicology Modeling 1(2):111-121
Kucera SP, Swann JM, Kennedy JR, Schultz TW (1995) The effects of benomyl and its breakdown products carbendazim and butyl isocyanate on the structure and function of tracheal ciliated cells.  Journal of Environmental Science and Health B30(6):779-799

Significant Academic and Administrative Service at Maryville College

  • Chair (appointed), Natural Sciences Division, 2011-present
  • Program Director for Department of Education/Funds for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education congressionally appropriated $300,000 grant to pilot the Undergraduate Science Education and Research Institute at Maryville College, 2011-2012
  • Subtopic Leader for FRS 130 Solid Waste, January 2010, 2011
  • Director/Steering Committee Chair, National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) Maryville College Campus Affiliate, 2009-2012
  • Director, NCBI MC Campus Affiliate, 2008-2009
  • Convener (appointed), First-Year Experience Coordinating Group, 2008-2009; Member, 2005-2009
  • Faculty Personnel Standards Committee (elected) – 2006-2008
  • Advising Fact-Finding Group – 2008
  • Curriculum Sub-Committee for Diversity Task Force, 2008
  • Developer and Coordinator (appointed), Presidential Scholars Enrichment Program, 2004-2008
  • Health Insurance Advisory Group – 2006-present
  • Faculty Liaison Committee (elected) – 2002-2005


Recent Community Service

  • Service-Learning component of Introductory Cellular Biology course placed students in local school systems engaging younger students in hands-on science activities, 2009-2011
  • Co-presenter with Dr. Angelia Gibson, “The War on Cancer: 36 years and the Battle Rages On”, for the Maryville College Science Literacy Seminar Series, April 30, 2008


Recent Awards and Honors

  • Project Supervisor of 3 students in MC Undergraduate Science and Education Research Institute, Summer 2011, summer salary
  • Faculty Development Grant for National Coalition Building Institute Campus Conference, November 2009, registration and travel costs


Society Memberships
    American Society for Cell Biology                                                                                     American Association for the Advancement of Science                                                     National Science Teachers Association                                                                                Phi Beta Kappa


Selected Recent Senior Study - Students and Thesis Titles

Stephen Revilla, 2014, Investigation of the collective mechanical properties of keratinocytes in vitro

Tyler Carter, 2013, Toxicological effects of nonpolar narcotics on cultures of Tetrahymena pyriformis

Kathy Schrock, 2013, The effects of scanning electron microscopy desiccation techniques on tufted collagen root surfaces

Megan Lock, 2012, The effectiveness of several capturing methods on Orders Aranea, Opiliones, Scorpiones, Uropygi, Ambylpyygi, and Pseudoscorpiones in Cusuco National Park, Honduras

Rebecca Heard, 2011, An evaluation of media performance and the effect of centrifugation on viability of Tetrahymena pyriformis

Abby Ogle, 2010.  Ethidium bromide/acridine orange staining method for counting cell populations of Tetrahymena pyriformis.

Jennifer Oden, 2009.  Effects of bis-phenol A (BPA) on cell cultures of Tetrahymena pyriformis.

Daniell, Bradley, 2008, The feeding habits and associated behaviors of Danio rerio in the light and dark cycle.

Kara Whitlock, 2008, Fluorescent technology in medulloblastoma research.