by Deborah Haley

November 2016

For a few professors here at Valley City State University, living and working in Valley City is like coming home to them. This is the case for assistant professor Nicholas Galt in the Science Department.

Galt grew up in Carrington, N.D., and considered attending VCSU when he was visiting colleges. He decided on attending North Dakota State University (NDSU) instead, where he received his bachelor’s degree in zoology. Galt started his graduate work in fish physiology at NDSU and transferred to the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) after his research advisor moved to Alabama. He earned his Ph.D. in biology at UAB, working as a teaching assistant through the whole process.

After graduate school, Galt began a postdoctoral position in biology education research at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. There he created simulation-based learning modules to improve teaching and learning in biology. Through these experiences, Galt knew he wanted to teach, but was unsure of where.

As he searched for possible teaching positions, Galt decided to apply at Valley City State University. “North Dakota is home,” he says. He and his wife are very excited to be back in North Dakota.

Here at VCSU, Galt teaches classes ranging from General Biology 1 (BIOL 150) to Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 220); he also serves as an advisor for the Health Science program. He enjoys the range of students he has in his classrooms, from students taking generals to athletic training majors to nursing majors. He commented that the best aspect of VCSU is “the emphasis on teaching and learning. We are preparing students for their future. They come first.”

When he’s not teaching or correcting assignments, Galt enjoys anything outdoors, including fishing and hunting. He’s especially excited for the opening of deer season, with whitetail deer his favorite hunting challenge.

VCSU is home, not just to Galt, but to many students and faculty across campus. It’s through the work of faculty and students that we can provide the best education possible while maintaining a close-knit campus.