Biochemistry professor Joe Beckmann could not resist the opportunity to work for Alma College.
Working at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for nine years, Beckmann remembers telling his wife, “There’s more to academics than this.”
“The job description at Alma College fit me perfectly,” he says. “This opportunity was so attractive I had to apply.”
Beckmann is entering his 12th year of teaching and enjoys being involved with the students by balancing lecturing and research mentoring with helping students gain critical thinking skills.
“It’s exceptionally rewarding taking students from a high school level to a graduate school level,” he says. “I only wonder why it took me so long to get here.”
His research interest is in the area of drug metabolism enzymes. In his spare time, he enjoys vegetable gardening, playing the guitar and piano, mechanics, riding horses and spending time with his family.