J. Charles Eldridge, PhD

J. Charles Eldridge, PhD - Graduate Education Activities


Click here to view list of publications, presentations at education conferences, invited seminars and consultations in education, and copyrighted materials used for case-based, small-group tutorials at Wake Forest University  

Graduate School Instruction  

1981-1985     Advanced Topics in Pharmacology.
This course was a supplement to medical pharmacology for graduate students to which I contributed several lectures in endocrine pharmacology   

1984-1996     Graduate Course in Neuroendocrinology.
I was director of this course, offered by the department in even-numbered years.  It typically included 2-5 students meeting once a week for a focused discussion following study of assigned review papers and book chapters.  In addition to majors in physiology and pharmacology, the course enrolled students from anatomy, comparative medicine, neuroscience and biology (Reynolda Campus)   

1990-2006     Advanced Pharmacology.
In this team-taught course for students majoring in pharmacology, I provided 4-6 lecture sessions on varied endocrine topics (e.g., steroid hormone action, neurosteroids, hormones and cancer, clinical research problems).  These classes were later included in the course known as “Physiology-Pharmacology IV”  

1992-2004     Toxicology.
In this graduate course, I conducted a 2-hr session on issues related to endocrine-active substances."   

1996-2006     Introduction to Neuroscience.
The interdisciplinary graduate program in neuroscience offered a first-year survey course to its students and I contributed one 2-hr class on the autonomic nervous system.  

1999-2016     Basic Physiology & Pharmacology.
In this team-taught full-year course for our graduate students, I offered several 3-hour lectures as an endocrine pharmacology set (e.g., steroid pharmacology, drugs in reproductive medicine, diabetes therapy, pituitary-hypothalamus).  These sessions were later included in the course known as “Physiology-Pharmacology II”, that subsequently became the introductory curriculum of the Integrated Physiology-Pharmacology track   

2004-2011     Molecular Neuroscience.
This is a team-taught course in the interdisciplinary neuroscience graduate program.  I presented a single lecture on actions of steroid receptors as transcription factors.  This lecture was also included in the course “Physiology-Pharmacology I”  

2004-2016     Bioethics and Research Professionalism

With support by the National Science Foundation, a curriculum was initiated for students in all of the Ph.D. programs housed at the Bowman Gray campus.  First year students were enrolled in a pair of 1-credit courses (GRAD 713-714) called “Scientific Professionalism and Integrity”, while second year students took another pair of courses (GRAD 715-716), “Bioethics and Social Responsibility”.  Students met in small groups with a faculty member and a post-doctoral fellow for case-based tutorial sessions to examine scenarios describing challenges facing contemporary scientists.  After 4 years the program was condensed in time to run throughout the first year of graduate school, as only GRAD 713-714.  Beginning in 2013 the graduate school initiated M.S. degree programs in biomedical sciences, and these students were enrolled as well in the GRAD 713-714 sequence.    

I served GRAD 713-716 as the founding course director, curriculum manager, and principal case author.    

1985-2016      Physician Assistant Program
The Wake Forest PA program is technically a graduate school program, offering a Master of Medical Science (M.M.S.) degree.  I participated for many years in various aspects of this curriculum, including delivery of lectures in basic physiology and pharmacology, authoring and editing cases for small-group tutorials, facilitating small-groups for case-based tutorials, and conducting oral practical examinations.  

Additional Service to Wake Forest Graduate School Education 
Departmental Committee on Graduate Curriculum (1979-2012)
Departmental Committee to Review the Physiology Program (Chair, 1993)
Visiting Tutorial Programs, Biomedical Graduate School (1994)
Fellowship Committee, NIDA Training Grant (1994-2002)
Professional Development Advisory Committee, WFU Graduate School (2001-2011)  

Doctor of Philosophy Dissertation Committees at Wake Forest 
1982  Barbara A. Bennett (Pharmacology)
1983  Maria I. Castro (Physiology)
1987  Thomas A. Foster (Physiology)
1988  Robert E. Hampson (Physiology)
1990  DeWana Ray Kerr (Pharmacology)
1990  Danny J. Bare (Anatomy)
1991  Lee W. Campbell (Physiology)
1992  Charles R. Breese (Pharmacology)
1993  Marie K. Tennant (Pharmacology) - advisor
1994  Carolyn J. Keiger (Pharmacology)
1994  Olivier H. Thibault (Neuroscience)
1995  Mahmoud A. Fora (Physiology)
1995  Scott E. Hemby (Pharmacology)
1996  Timothy J. Zehnder (Physiology)
1998  M. Todd Kirby (Pharmacology)
1998  Christopher S. Breivogel (Pharmacology)
2001  Denise Lewis (Pharmacology)
2002  Matthew M. Ford (Pharmacology) - advisor
2003  Sharla Flohr (Pharmacology)
2005  Ashley Donahue (Pharmacology)
2008  Natalia Riddick (Physiology-Pharmacology)
2009  Amy Arnold (Physiology-Pharmacology)  

Mentoring and Advising   

1989-1993     Marie K. Tennant, Ph.D. (1993)
Dr. Tennant conducted studies on putative endocrine activity and hormonal interactions of triazine herbicides, that became central to our laboratory entering the research area of endocrine-active substances.  Her work became part of 4 published manuscripts and 7 presentations at research conferences.   

1997-2003     Matthew M. Ford, Ph.D. (2003)
Dr. Ford conducted research on neuroendocrine mechanisms involved in the disruption of ovulation in rodent models administered agricultural herbicides, and then shifted to complete a dissertation on the effects of chronic ethanol exposure on rat estrous cycling parameters.  His work resulted in 6 presentations at research conferences and 3 peer-reviewed publications.  

2002-2004     Amanda Yarbrough, M.M.S. (2004) 
Ms. Yarbrough was a student in the Wake Forest Physician Assistant program, whose certificate of completion is also an M.M.S. degree from Wake Forest University Health Sciences.  She conducted a study of patient attitudes toward contraceptive choices being offered in community women's health clinics.   

Funded Research Project

2005-2009     National Science Foundation 053-0028: “Problem-Based Learning for Ethics: Graduate Curriculum for Science and Engineering” (Principal Investigator)

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