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Science Department Faculty

Martha Jackson-Carter, Faculty, Science at Community College of Aurora in DenverMartha Jackson-Carter
Department Chair, Science
Affiliated with CCA for about two decades, Jackson-Carter is one of the longest-tenured staff at the college. As the Science Department Chair she oversees about 20 full-time and adjunct instructors. She’s taught all five of CCA’s Chemistry courses, including current classes in General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry. Jackson-Carter also has been a longtime member of the state’s faculty curriculum committee as CCA’s general-education representative. Jackson-Carter has previously helped secure two major initiatives in concert with late CCA faculty Dr. Todd Bergren: the creation of the Science Resource Center on the Lowry campus and acquisition of $430,000 in grand funding to infuse molecular biology curriculum into Colorado high schools. Prior to joining CCA, Jackson-Carter was manager of a geochemistry lab in Lakewood and a chemist for a pharmaceutical company. Her graduate work was in Mechanistic Organic Chemistry at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn., and has a BA in Chemistry from the University of Colorado-Boulder.


Victor Andersen, Faculty, Astronomy & Physics at Community College of Aurora in DenverVictor Andersen
Faculty, Astronomy & Physics
Since 2006, Andersen has taught Physics and Astronomy. His current classes include Engineering Physics, Physics for Health Sciences, and Stellar and Extragalactic Astronomy. Andersen also is director of the college observatory and as affiliate director for the Colorado Space Grant that secures funding for students to attend NASA training programs. He previously taught Solar System Astronomy at the college. Prior to joining CCA, he worked at the University of Houston in a variety of teaching roles and was part of a scientific team that created a radiation measuring tool that appeared on the Mars Odyssey spacecraft. Andersen previously was part of the Physics and Astronomy faculty at the Alabama School of Math and Science in Mobile, as well. His educational background includes a B.S. in Physics, a B.S. in Mathematics, and an M.S. in Physics all from New Mexico Tech, and a Ph.D. in Physics (with Astronomy specialization) from The University of Alabama.


Tom Dillon, Faculty, Biology at Community College of Aurora in DenverTom Dillon
Faculty, Biology
Affiliated with the college since August 2006, Dillon became a full-time instructor two years later. He’s regularly taught Microbiology, General Biology I and Medical Terminology, and has also previously fronted several classes in Anatomy and Physiology. Dillon is in charge of the college’s Biotechnology area. He serves as co-chair of the Health and Wellness Committee and is an advisor with the Colorado Space Grant Consortium. Prior to joining CCA, he did research at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus, working on the early stages of a breast-cancer drug, and at Northwestern University in Chicago, working in Endocrinology. Dillon earned a master’s degree from Loyola (Chicago) University in Biology and a bachelor’s in Pre-Medicine from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.




Barbara Francis, Science faculty at Community College of Aurora in ColoradoBarbara Francis
Faculty, Biology
Lead teacher for both anatomy and physiology, Francis also has supervisory duties in that capacity in addition to her coursework in those subjects. She joined CCA as an adjunct in 2010 and was hired full-time two years later. Prior to joining the college, Francis served as a visiting professor at Metro State College in Denver, teaching dynamics of health, medical terminology and pathophysiology. She also spent time as director of clinical services at a Denver cancer rehabilitation facility and as clinical director at Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute in Greeley. Francis has earned three degrees from the University of Northern Colorado, including a master’s and doctorate in exercise science with an emphasis in cancer rehabilitation and a bachelor’s in special education.




Jennifer Harrell, Faculty, Science at Community College of Aurora in DenverJennifer Harrell
Faculty, Science
An adjunct for about six years, Harrell joined the full-time staff in Fall 2012. She currently teaches General Biology and is the lead instructor for Biology for non-majors, the latter both online and on campus. Harrell previously taught Microbiology and Anatomy and Physiology courses at the college. Prior to joining CCA, Harrell earned a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Michigan. She has a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Penn.






Rhonda Hattar, science faculty at Community College of Aurora in ColoradoRhonda Hattar
Faculty, Science

Starting as an adjunct in spring 2008, Hattar joined the college full-time just over three years later. She teaches General College Biology I and II and serves as lead instructor for those courses.  You may also find her feeding pill bugs, collecting duckweed from Westerly creek, or watering bean plants for ecology labs.  She earned her M.S in Cell Biology at the University of Colorado, where she researched the role of the microenvironment in breast cancer.  She also received a Bachelor of Science degree in biological chemistry from Tulane University in New Orleans.






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