Dr. Steele has been a full-time faculty member at Converse since 1997 and served as Chair of the Department of Biology from 1998-2000. She is currently the Director of the Pre-Health Professions programs, Goldwater Scholarship Faculty Representative, and Adviser of the Alpha Lambda Delta national honor society for first-year success.
She teaches General Biology, General Zoology, Parasitology, Comparative Vertebrate Embryology, Human and Comparative Anatomy, Histology, Biology of Sexuality, and Medical Terminology. Dr. Steele was among the SC professors who received the 2013 South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Excellence in Teaching Award.
Dr. Steele also supervises undergraduate research. Her students have won awards for their research presentations at professional scientific meetings. They have investigated the larval stages of two species of dilepidid tapeworms in the body cavities of mummichogs and striped killifish, the histology of fish heart infected with larval tapeworms, the prevalence and intensity of infection of the giant liver fluke in white-tailed deer in South Carolina, the histopathology of the lungs and urinary bladder of the leopard frog infected with flukes, the effect of phytoestrogens on the development of frogs, the homeopathic remedies for tapeworm infections, and the effect of sublethal levels of lead on the metabolites of redworms. She and her students are currently investigating the biochemical responses of earthworms that were exposed to sublethal concentrations of herbicides glyphosate and 2,4-D to determine whether exposure to these herbicides can cause oxidative stress to nontarget organisms.
Dr. Steele serves as treasurer of both the South Carolina Junior Academy of Science (since 2006) and the South Carolina Academy of Science (since 2012) and has taught several science workshops to high school students. She also served as Professional Member at Large in the National Council of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society from 2017-2020.