Q&A with Karyn Collie, assistant professor of biology


Karyn Collie is an assistant professor of biology, specifically with the zoo and wildlife program. She also works with the animal collection and coordinates with team leaders and education team. She is also the faculty liaison of ZOOM.

Aviso: Where did you grow up?

Collie: Bentonville, Arkansas—the hometown of WalMart.

Karyn Collie has been an Associate Professor of Biology since the 2013-2014 school year. (Photo courtesy of Malone University Facebook)

Aviso: Why Malone?

Collie: I finished grad school and did not want to go to the postdoc route and applied for faculty positions. Malone looked like exactly the kind of place I wanted to be, and by the grace of God I got it.

Aviso: What’s your favorite animal?

Collie: I give a different answer to this every time because I don’t have one. I like them all.

Aviso: What’s your favorite zoo that you have visited?

Collie: I think the most positive experience I have had was with the Cincinnati Zoo with the ZOOM overnighter last year.

Aviso: If you could be an animal, what kind would you be?

Collie: Probably a bird, not just for flying—they can see ultraviolet and can hear different frequencies than we can. Flying would be a perk.

Aviso: If you could live anywhere else for one year, where would you live?

Collie: Belize. It was a nice place to visit and I would like to go back.

Aviso: What’s the best meal you have ever eaten?

Collie: The first time I had pad thai.

Aviso: Do you have any advice for students?

Collie: As a faculty member, I am supposed to say study, and I think that’s a good idea. You’re here to get an education, but don’t spend all of your time studying because that’s not all there is to the college experience. So, make sure you make friends and get involved in the community. Not just Malone, but Canton.

Aviso: Is there anything else we should know about you?

Collie: I had a student once tell me that on a scale from one to adult I was definitely a one.

Josey Petz is a staff writer for The Aviso AVW.


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