Concord Professor Publishes Second Book

For Immediate Release: 
May 13 2004

Concord Professor Publishes Second Book

Athens, W.Va. - Many people are passionate about their field of study, but how many are passionate enough to pen a book on the subject—then pen another within a year? Dr. Darla Wise, Concord College biology professor, has recently co-authored a second textbook entitled “Essentials of Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology, 6th edition,” co-authored with Dr. Gordon Carter.

Dr. Wise earned her Ph.D. from the Virginia-Maryland Regional School of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech in 1995. She has been an assistant professor of biology at Concord College since 1998. She is the author of articles about “host-pathogen relationships” and is the associate editor of the “Proceedings of the West Virginia Academy of Science.” Upon completion of her Master’s degree, she developed a diagnostic test for Lyme disease that was eventually patented.

Recently, her first book, “Immunology: A Comprehensive Review,” also co-authored with Dr. Gordon Carter of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, was published. The completion of the first book garnered her the opportunity to pen a second textbook.

The text, “Essentials of Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology,” provides the latest information on all facets of the microbial pathogens of animals and everything required for an introductory course in veterinary bacteriology and mycology. The book also includes the basic characteristics of bacteria and fungi with two chapters dedicated to molecular biology and genetics and their applications. The thoroughness of this text allows students to grasp the basics of veterinary microbiology throughout a course. This text is geared primarily toward veterinary students and emphasizes Dr. Wise’s teaching philosophy. It also embodies Dr. Gordon Carter’s love of learning and his attention to detail. Furthermore, both authors have a motto of making information easily and readily available to students.

Dr. Wise’s lecture philosophy is active and engaging, as she starts with a basic fact, then focuses on the application of that fact. This places the emphasis on reinforcement of learned facts, rather than rote memorization. Wise also strives to use real-world examples to garner interest and promote an active learning process. She positively reinforces her students, rewarding them for learning, and constantly stresses that they can succeed--and they do. Dr. Wise’s teaching methodology is prevalent in the text as well, with examples that bring the lesson to life.

Wise stated, “Concord is a ‘teaching institution,’ not a ‘research institution.’ We focus on teaching methodologies that enhance learning. Because of our focus on learning, our biology program has been extremely successful, with 90% or greater of our majors proceeding to medical school, graduate school, or a career in a related field.

“We are educating students in fields with unlimited opportunity, particularly in biotechnology” she continued. “Southern West Virginia is an excellent region for businesses to locate. Employers would find that the quality of life available in southern West Virginia would contribute to extremely motivated employees!”

For more information on majoring in biology at Concord College, contact Dr. Wise at 1-304-384-5283 or email


PHOTO: Dr. Wise

Jessica Taylor, a student in Concord College’s English department and one of Dr. Wise’s general biology students, wrote this press release. Her hometown is Beckley, W.Va.