Professor Emeritus of Biology
Dr. Eldridge was selected as the Outstanding Tenured Professor for the School of Arts and Sciences for the academic year 2005-2006. The honor included a cash award and recognition at the Spring 2006 Baylor Graduation Ceremony.
BS, Tennessee Technological University
MS, Auburn University
Ph.D., Auburn University
Major area of research--Physiology and Biochemistry of Fungal Toxins
Courses currently teaching--
Dr. David W. Eldridge retired in May 2011 after a 43-year career at Baylor University. Dr. E came to Baylor in the fall of 1968 as the 9th professor in the Department of Biology. In 1968, student enrollment at Baylor was around 5,500 and the department occupied two floors in the Sid Richardson Science Building. Dr. E taught five different classes that first year including Cellular Biology, Cellular Biology Laboratory, General Botany, Bacteriology and Microbiology.
In 1968, Biology Majors were required to take Introductory Botany, Introductory Zoology and Cellular Biology. After several years Dr. Eldridge promoted and helped develop a 2-semester course in Introductory Biology that is the basis for our current Biology 1305, 1306, 1105, and 1106. Because basic cell biology was now taught in the basic sequence, he modified Cellular Biology to a senior level class, now Biology 4307 - Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry (Cell Fizz).
As student enrollments increased over the years, class size increased and the number of faculty also increased. Dr. Eldridge continued to teach large classes in Biology 1305 and 1306, as well as Cell Fizz.When the Department of Biology moved to the new Baylor Sciences Building in 2004, due to the increased enrollment his Bio 1305-1306 and Cell Fizz classes became larger and larger, hitting a massive 290 students in Biology 1305 in Fall 2005 and 165 in Cell Fizz in 2007. Dr. E estimates that in his 43 years he has taught well over 15,000 students.
Dr. E has maintained contact with many of these students and says he will continue to do so in retirement. He plans to do more reading, perhaps writing and of course continue his passion for fishing for that big bass at Lake Fork.
Dave receives his Outstanding Tenured Professor award from President Lilly.