Michelle Sama

I have been teaching for six years at Vermont Technical College and before teaching, I completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Geisel Medical School, Dartmouth College. I have lived in Vermont since January of 2008 and am happy to call Vermont my home state. I have a PhD in Pharmacology, but my primary field of study has been Neuroscience. I actively studied Alzheimer’s disease for 10 years, and find all areas of the brain fascinating! One of the aspects of being a research scientist that I most enjoyed was teaching students, and this led me to pursue a career in teaching.

At Vermont Tech I teach Principles of Microbiology (BIO-2120), Anatomy and Physiology (BIO-2011), General Biology (BIO-1040), Introductory Chemistry (CHE-1020) and General Chemistry (CHE-1031). I teach courses in both online and in-person format and hope to teach a few more options in the coming years. Teaching at a hands-on institution such as Vermont, allows me to use laboratory time to cover some of the hardest topics, and students at Vermont Tech seem to truly appreciate this format. As a trained scientist, my favorite type of teaching is in a laboratory setting.

Aside from teaching and chairing the science department, I also serve as the college liaison for the Vermont State Environmental and Agriculture Laboratory (VAEL), that is currently being built on the North side of campus, and will open in the Spring of 2019. While the construction has been taking place, I have worked with Engleberth Construction to offer students tours of the building site, giving Vermont Tech students an additional experience to add to their hands-on work done at the college.  This lab is an exciting project and I am eager to get students involved in the work that is done at the VAEL lab. I will also continue to facilitate interactions between VAEL employees, and faculty, staff and students of the college.

My husband also teaches at Vermont Tech and we are both very committed to providing the best courses we can for our students. In our free time, we enjoy playing with our seven-year-old boy/girl twins and two-year-old daughter; making sure to be outdoors as much as possible. Please feel free to get in touch with me via email or phone. I am on multiple campuses so email is the best way to contact me.

  • School

    General Education

  • Role

    Associate Professor & Department Chair

  • Department(s)

  • Degrees

    BS, Marist College; PhD, University of Kentucky

  • Phone

    (802) 728-1716

  • Email