Stories of Change & Creativity
April 2, 2023

Dr. Rodney E. Rohde: Building Your Faculty Brand

University faculty share their research and expertise with various audiences.  In doing so, faculty build a brand that promotes their own careers and the university they serve. 

On this episode, I talk with Regents' Professor Dr. Rodney E. Rohde - chair of the Clinical Laboratory Sciences program at Texas State University.  When the pandemic hit, media outlets around the world were looking for answers about COVID 19. Journalists and news outlets turned to Distinguished Professor, Microbiologist, and Virologist Dr. Rodney E. Rohde.  During our interview, we talk about how faculty can leverage their expertise for the benefit of their career and the university.  


Rodney E. Rohde, PhD is a Texas State University System Regents’ Professor,  University Distinguished Professor, and Chair of the Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) Program in the College of Health Professions at Texas State University. He also serves as Associate Director for the Translational Health Research Center

Dr. Rohde is a Global Fellow, Fellow of the Association of Clinical Scientists, and Honorary Professor of International studies. He is an ASCP board-certified Specialist in Virology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology. He spent a decade as a public health microbiologist and molecular epidemiologist with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Bureau of Laboratories and Zoonosis Control Division prior to his academic career, including two terms as a CDC Visiting Scientist. His research interests include Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs), antimicrobial resistance, and clinical/public health microbiology especially zoonotic diseases (Rabies, Hantavirus, and others). He also continues to enjoy his role as an Associate Adjunct Professor of Biology with Austin Community College (28 years) where he teaches fundamentals of biology and microbiology courses.

Dr. Rohde has published more than 80 research articles and abstracts, two books, and is a highly sought keynote presenter with over 100 international, national, and state conference presentations. During the #SARSCoV2 / #COVID19 pandemic, Doc R is the #1 quoted Texas State subject matter expert and has conducted over 150 interviews for podcasts, TV, newspapers, and internet sites as well as delivered dozens of webinars and workshops at the international, national, state, and local levels. 

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