Professor of Biology
BS, University of the Philippines
MS, University of the Philippines
PhD, Clemson University
Dr. Steele has been a full-time faculty at Converse since 1997 and served as Chair of the Department of Biology from 1998-2000. She is currently the Division Coordinator for Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Director of the Pre-Health Professions programs, Goldwater Scholarship Faculty Representative, and Adviser of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for freshmen.
She teaches General Biology, General Zoology, Parasitology, Comparative Vertebrate Embryology, Human and Comparative Anatomy, Histology, Biology of Sexuality, and Medical Terminology. She also supervises undergraduate research. Her students 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, and the homeopathic remedies for tapeworm infections. Her students have won awards for their research presentations at professional scientific meetings. She and Dr. Sheri Strickland (Department of Chemistry) are currently studying the effect of sublethal levels of lead on the metabolites of redworms. Dr. Steele was among the SC professors who received the 2013 South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Excellence in Teaching Award.
Dr. Steele is a member of the Association of Southeastern Biologists, Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, Helminthological Society of Washington, South Carolina Academy of Science, Southeastern Society of Parasitologists, and the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions. She serves as treasurer of both the South Carolina Junior Academy of Science (SCJAS) and the South Carolina Academy of Science (SCAS).