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Dr. Debby Hanmer
PO Box 1510
Pembroke, NC 28372

Phone: 910.521.6744

Location: Oxendine, Room 2233
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Deborah R. Hanmer, Ph.D.
7960 Scotch Meadows Dr.
Laurinburg, NC 28352


Ph.D. Plant Pathology. The Ohio State University. Columbus, Ohio.
Thesis: Interaction of Verticillium dahliae and Pratylenchus penetrans on Processing Tomato, 1995.

Master of Science in Nursing. Wayne State University. Detroit, MI. Graduated with High Honors

Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI. Graduated with High Honors

Employment History

2004 – present: Biology Lecturer, Director of Undergraduate Biology Education – University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Pembroke, NC

1996 – 2004: Instructional Academic Staff, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, La Crosse, WI.

1995 – 1996: Specialist in Charge, Plant Pest Control Section,
The Ohio Department of Agriculture. Reynoldsburg, OH

1991 - 1995: Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant. Department of Plant Pathology,
The Ohio State University. Columbus, OH.

1989 - 1991: Instructor. Department of Nursing, Otterbein College, Westerville, OH.

1988 - 1989: Director of Occupational Health Services. Ol-NEG TV Products, Inc., Columbus, OH

1978 – 1988: Nurse Practitioner. Cenedella Associates, Franklin, PA.; Duplin Medical Association, Warsaw, N.C.; Fayetteville Women's Clinic. Fayetteville, N.C.

1977 - 1978: Instructor. Department of Nursing, Viterbo College. La Crosse, WI.

Teaching experience

  • College level, 16 years experience includes:
    • Teaching classes at all levels, from freshmen through graduate students.
    • The use of multiple teaching styles, from large lecture sections of 150 students, to small group seminars, laboratory supervision, and 1on1 research mentoring.
    • Experience teaching in many different environments: the classroom, laboratory, public forums, and adult continuing education.
    • Developing new curricular units for active student learning.
  • Study-abroad instructor
    • An 8-week semester in Vienna, Austria in conjunction with Webster University (St. Louis, MO) exploring current issues in biology and health with an international group of students.
    • Scheduled to lead a 2 week study abroad course on the natural history of Costa Rica (3 credit hours) in the summer of 2009.
  • Advanced Placement Coordinator. Coordinator of a university extension program that offered advanced high school students the opportunity to take introductory biology courses in their school for college credit.
  • Presentation of botanical and scientific information to the general public
    • “Everything is Connected: Current Issues in Environmental Science”. (5-hours) Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, N.Y. 2007.
    • “Gardening with style”. A 7-hour lecture discussion course, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, N.Y. 2001
    • “Caring for perennials through the seasons”. (5 hours) Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, N.Y. 1999, 2001
    • Explorathon - a 2.5 hour workshop for gifted girls titled “Plant Docs” 1998
    • “Disease prevention in the home garden” (6 hours) Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, N.Y. 1994
    • “Plant pathology for home gardeners” (3 hours) Inniswood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, Westerville, OH 1994
    • “How does your garden grow?” (5 hours) Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, N.Y. 1993
  • Development and implementation of industrial health and safety educational programs for manufacturing facilities.

University Courses Taught

  • Introductory Biology – 4 credit hour lecture and lab for non-majors. The course has three major units, ecology, cells (including chemistry, cell structure and metabolism), and genetics/evolution.
  • General Biology – 4 credit hour lecture and lab for science majors. The course has the same units as Introductory biology but more in depth and faster paced.
  • Botany – 4 credit hour lecture and lab, 1000-2000 level. The major units in this course include plant diversity (systematics), anatomy, physiology and mycology.
  • Mycology – 3 credit hour lecture and lab, 300 level course. Major units in this course include systematics, physiology, pathology and ecology.
  • Plant Physiology – 4 credit hour lecture and lab, 3000 level course. The major units in this course include photosynthesis, plant tissue culture, hormones, flowering and mineral nutrition.
  • Current Issues in Biological Science – 3 credit hour discussion group for non-majors. The usual topics for this course included biotechnology, human population growth, human impacts on ecosystems and bioterrorism.
  • Human Health, Wellness and Disease for the Healthcare Consumer – 3 credit hours taught to small groups using case based methodology. The course has about 12 units on health related issues such as nutrition, cancer, smoking or depression.
  • Plant-Microbe Interactions – 3 credit hour combined lab and lecture for graduate/undergraduate students. The course examines various symbiotic, mutualistic and parasitic relationships that occur between plants and fungi, bacteria, viruses or nematodes.

Course Development at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke

  • Principles of Biology Lab. I did a complete rewrite of the labs in this course. Some lab topics were changed to more closely match the Introductory Biology lecture materials. New labs include the use of new technology, simple statistics in the genetics lab and two labs with computer simulations.
  • Botany Lab. In conjunction with the other instructors in this course, we scraped the old purchased lab manual and wrote all new labs. Students print the labs from Blackboard so the labs can be easily modified each semester. An on-line assignment incorporating images of plant material from the lab helps students review material.

Course Development at University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse

  • Introductory and General Biology. Part of a team of biology faculty who split the original introductory course into separate courses for majors and non-majors. We wrote all new laboratory exercises emphasizing inquiry based learning and small group work. I authored two of the twelve new labs and was involved in their implementation and assessment.
  • Plant Biology. I was the coordinator for this required course serving 150 biology students a year. I wrote and delivered most of the lectures, revised all the lab exercises and managed the lab set-up and course budget.
  • Current Issues in Biology. I developed this fluid course with two main objectives. Students create an individual interdisciplinary project of their choice and participate in small group work. The group projects range from discussion to presentations and computer simulations.
  • Plant-Microbe Interactions. I started this course as a team-taught, interdepartmental (biology and microbiology) course. The course was eventually added to the catalog as a permanent offering.
  • Human Health, Wellness and Disease for the Health care Consumer. I attended a workshop on case based learning and co-authored one of the cases currently used in the course.

Professional Activities

Research Grants and Awards

  • North Carolina Beautiful Grant. “The use of biochar for suppressing the root rot pathogen Phytophthora nicotinianae on Petunia x hybrida.” Submitted with undergraduate research student Theresa Williams. Funded $3000. 2008-2009.
  • 1999 University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Faculty research grant award for $6,700.
    Project title: Biological control of root-knot nematodes using wood decay fungi”
  • 1995 Recipient of the C.C.Allison Award for excellence in graduate research, The Ohio State University.

Educational Grants

  • International Faculty Development Grant. ”Tropical Ecology and Conservation in Costa Rica course development” $2865 funded for 2003-2004.
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant, “Using Problem Solving Modules to Improve Student’s Understanding in Introductory Biology”. $17,000 funded for 2003-2004.
  • La Crosse team member for "Using Problem Solving Modules to Improve Student Understanding in Introductory Biology". UW System Curricular Redesign Grant Proposal, with Scott Cooper and Bill Cerbin. This project will bring together 15 biology instructors from five UW campuses to develop in-class problem solving modules. $39,500 funded for 2002-2003.
  • BioQuest workshop at Beloit College on "Developing curricular resources and strategies for introductory biology courses". Tuition and board funded for 2000.
  • Creation of BIO 103 and 105: New Introductory Biology with Inquiry-based Laboratories”, submitted in conjunction with 10 other Biology Department faculty, UWL Fund for Innovation in General Education Grant. $16,000 funded for 2001-2002.
  • Eagle Grant to enhance instruction through the use of technology: A project to create a CD of audiovisual materials specifically for use in BIO 101 courses in conjunction with Drs. Tyser, Davis and Gerber. $7,900 funded for 1999.


  • 2008. Volk, Hanmer. Phaeolus schweinitzii, the dye polypore or velvet-top fungus. Fungus of the month on
  • 2006. Cooper, Hanmer, Cerbin. Problem Solving Modules in Large Introductory Biology Lectures Enhance Student Learning. The American Biology Teacher 68(9) p. 524-529.
  • 2006. Hanmer, Zeigler. Principles of Biology Lab 3rd Ed. University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
  • 2002. Laboratory Manual, Biology 103 & 105, 3rd ed. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Cooper, Davis, Galbraith, Gerber, Hanmer, Howard, Nontelle, Sutherland.
  • Hanmer, D 1996. Management strategies from an inspector’s perspective. In Proceedings of Annual Japanese Beetle Review. McMinnville, TN.
  • Hanmer, D.R., and Riedel R.M. 1993. Yield suppression in processing tomato caused by the interaction of Verticillium dahliae and Pratylenchus penetrans. Abstract. Phytopathology 83 (12) p. 1344
  • Hanmer, D.R., and Riedel R.M. 1994. Interaction of Verticillium dahliae and Pratylenchus penetrans on processing tomato. In proceedings of 1994 Ohio Fruit and Vegetable Growers Congress. Columbus. OH
  • Hanmer, D.R., and Riedel R.M. 1993. Interaction of Verticillium dahliae and Pratylenchus tomatoes – 1993 results. In Proceedings 9th Annual Tomato Disease Workshop. Indianapolis, IN.
  • Hanmer, D.R., and Riedel R.M. 1993. Control of Tomato Diseases and Fungicide Residues. P.68-70 In Proceedings 1993 Ohio Fruit and Vegetable Growers Congress. Toledo, OH


  • Digital Soup and Sandwich: Hands-on demonstration of “Interwrite® PRS”. 2007. Hanmer
  • Association of Southeastern Biologists: Enhancing student understanding of phylogenetic trees through problem-solving modules. 2007. Hanmer
  • OPID Conference: Making Teaching and Learning Visible. 2004. “Problem Solving Modules for Large Biology Lectures”. Hanmer.
  • UWL Teaching Colloquium. 2004. “Biology Lesson Study Project” Hanmer and Cooper.
  • Women in science, University of Wisconsin system conference. 2003. “Experiential learning in laboratory setting.” Galbraith and Hanmer.
  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Fourth Annual Teaching Conference. 2003. “Experiential Learning in General Education Courses”. Hanmer and Galbraith.
  • Annual Japanese Beetle Review. 1996. McMinnville, TN
  • Ohio Fruit and Vegetable Growers Congress. 1993. Toledo, OH; 1994, ‘95 - Columbus. OH
  • Annual Tomato Disease Workshop. 1993, ’94. Indianapolis, IN
  • American Phytopathological Society National Meeting. 1993. Nashville, TN

Undergraduate Research Projects

  • Advisor: Theresa Williams – . “The use of biochar for suppressing the root rot pathogen Phytophthora nicotinianae on Petunia x hybrida”.
  • Advisor: Amber Harris - “ The Effects of biochar as a soil amendment on the growth of Spinacea oleracea”. 2007-2008
  • Advisor: Bill Hickman – “A survey of Corticolous Myxomycetes in the Taxodium dominated Canopy of Antioch Bay: a carolina bay in Hoke county, North Carolina”. 2008
  • Advisor: Laura Appleman - "Developing a Screen for Meloidogyne hapla (root knot nematode) Infection using Lettuce." 1999-2000


  • Supplemental Instruction Coordinator for the RISE Grant – organize workshops, presentations, graduate school visits and other activities to enhance student’s preparation for graduate school.
  • Academic staff representative for the La Crosse campus at the University of Wisconsin System Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID). 2003-2004.
  • Review of audiovisual aids to “Explore Life” by John Postlethwait and Janet Hopson for Saunders College Publishing 2002.
  • Graduate research: Nik Zitomer, Graduate Student Advisory Committee and Orals Committee.
  • Committee Chair for UW-L Dept of Biology annual newsletter to alumni. 2001-03
  • Committee Chair for UW-L Dept of Biology Core Curriculum Coordinating Committee. 2003-04
  • Used numerous multi-media formats and equipment, including video-link to remote locations.
  • Member, The Association of Southeastern Biologists
  • Member, The National Science Teachers Association


  • Director of Undergraduate Biology Education. Assist the department chair with advising, registration, degree audits and recruitment.
  • Manager of the Plant Pest Control Section at the Ohio Department of Agriculture responsibilities included:
    • Supervised 16 full-time employees, including performance reviews, hiring, and scheduling.
    • Assisted nurseries and others exporting agricultural products.
    • Coordinated plant pest quarantines and export permits with federal agencies
    • Updated departmental procedures and protocols.
    • Initiated computerization and automation of inspector record keeping.
  • Coordinator of a university extension program that offers advanced high school students the opportunity to take introductory biology courses in their school for college credit.
  • Supervised nurses for 24-hour in-plant medical services
    • Identified safety hazards and implemented programs to improve worker safety.
    • Updated plant procedures and protocols.
    • Coordinated staffing.


  • An avid gardener.
  • I have enjoyed travel to explore gardens and eco-systems in China, Costa Rica, England, Europe and the Caribbean.


Dr. Thomas Volk. Professor. Biology Department. University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.
Phone 608-785-6972

  • Dr Volk is a mycologist. We work together team-teaching several courses and collaborate in research. He travels extensively and is well known for his website on fungi.

Updated: Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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