School of Health and Sciences - Science Department Faculty
David W. Johnson
Chair of Sciences and Professor of Biology
David Johnson earned a B.A. in biology from Colorado College, an M.S. in zoology and physiology from the University of Wyoming, and a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Colorado-Boulder. David joined SFCC in 2011. He previously taught for 25 years at College of Santa Fe and was a visiting professor at Northern New Mexico College. Although David has taught a variety of courses—including general biology, ecology, field biology, animal physiology, and interdisciplinary studies—his focus at SFCC is biology for non-science majors and human anatomy and physiology.
David's field biology interests are broad. He has studied harvester ants in New Mexico, wildlife in Colorado, and the ecology of natural communities in canyon country of Utah.
Assistant Professor, Biology
Janie Milner received a B.S. in animal production and an M.S. in zoology from Texas Tech University in Lubbock Texas. She has been at SFCC since 1999 and served as the Science department chair from 2003 through 2010. Prior to coming to SFCC she taught at Central New Mexico Community College, worked at the Albuquerque BioPark, and did field biology of Hantavirus and mammals at the University of New Mexico. She has been listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers.
Janie teaches a variety of biology courses, including Microbiology, Biology for Health Sciences, Environmental Science, and Anatomy and Physiology. She hopes to pass on her curiosity and respect for living organisms to students, and give them the confidence to make wise decisions concerning health and environmental issues.
Physics and Math
Jerry Friedman received an A.B. in physics from Princeton University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been teaching at SFCC since 2002, before which he taught at what was then Northern New Mexico Community College in Española.
Jerry has taught all of the physics courses SFCC offers, including classes for Monte del Sol High School, as well as various math and developmental math courses. His goal is to help students learn to solve problems using the methods of mathematics and physics.
Neil Hunter holds a B.S. in biology from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and an M.Sc. in molecular biology from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. He also did graduate work in science education at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. After teaching anatomy and physiology for four summers at SFCC, he accepted a full-time instructor's position within the Biology department in August, 2005. Previously, Neil taught biology in Hong Kong, Great Britain and New Mexico with the United World Colleges. He has also served as a counselor, dean and vice president within that organization. Neil teaches cell biology and genetics to science majors, anatomy and physiology for pre-nursing students and introduction to biology to non--science majors.
Azher Saleh holds B.S. from the University of Mosul in Nineveh, Iraq and an M.S. from the University of Arizona at Tucson. He has been teaching chemistry at SFCC since 2001. Previously, he taught at Pima Community College and was a staff instructor at the University of Arizona. Azher received the Distinguished Teaching Award Math and Sciences in 1992, and was recognized by Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 2000. His mission is to provide quality education to chemistry students so they can pursue their goals with confidence and a solid background.
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