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Meet Our Professors: Paul Pillitteri, Biology

Dr. Paul Pillitteri is able to teach what is directly applicable to every student — the human body. He enjoys teaching human physiology to students that tells about how their body reacts to exercising. Paul cares about his students and finds success when he sees their hard work and dedication pay off.



Associate Professor of Biology

Department of Biology

How long have you been working at SUU?
13 years

Where did you grow up?
Western Pennsylvania

Where did you attend college and what did you study?
-Bachelor’s in Biology at Westminster University
-Master’s in Biomedical Science at Kent State University
-Doctorate in Exercise Physiology at Ohio University

Where did you work before coming to SUU/do you work somewhere else in this field?
I taught at Heidelberg College in Ohio before coming here.

When and how did you decide what you wanted your career to be?
While an undergrad I realized how much I enjoyed studying and learning about the human body and knew that I could continue that in the academic setting.

What do you feel is the most interesting thing about your field?
That we keep learning new things about human physiology and medicine.

Favorite thing to teach about your subject?
Exercise physiology – how different that body can function during exercise and how much it can impact the body’s systems.

Why do you love your field?
It’s directly applicable to everyone, whether in terms of medicine and disease or just overall health.

What has been your proudest moment working at SUU?
That happens all the time when students tell me that they’ve been accepted into their desired programs of study.

What is one thing you wish to tell every student in your class?
That whatever your goal is, the path to that starts here. Don’t look at college as a stepping stone or hurdle to get past. You need to focus on succeeding here first. The earlier you start working hard, the easier it will be to reach your goal.

What do you love about SUU?
That the focus in on the students so faculty are able to work closely with them over their four years here.


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