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  • Larry Garrison-Sullivan

    Dr. Larry Garrison Sullivan

    Dean, School of Science and Health
    Chief Health Professions Advisor and Past President NAAHP
    Office: 209 O’Rielly
    Phone: 816.501.3655


    Dr. Garrison Sullivan has had over 42 years of experience as a Prehealth Advisor. He has served as President of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions, NAAHP, and the Central Association of Advisors for the Health Professions, CAAHP. He has been on numerous national health association committees at health profession organizations including those at the Association of American Medical Colleges, AAMC and the American Dental Association, ADA. He currently is the national liaison between NAAHP and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, ASPPH, and NAAHP. He has received the Father Joseph L. Walter Award for his contribution to the advising community.

    In his spare time, Dr. Garrison Sullivan likes to travel and has made trips to Europe and Asia. He loves animals and has adopted a shelter dog named Bella who he loves to take for walks and to play fetch with. He also supports the fine arts as a member of the Lyric Opera Guild Board and attends performances of the Kansas City Symphony, Theatre League, and numerous theatrical and musical groups.

  • Stephen Daggett

    Dr. Stephen S. Daggett

    Professor of Biology
    Office: 208A O’Rielly
    Phone: 816.501.3654

    Dr. Daggett advises traditional students interested in pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-optometry, and pre-chiropractic students.


    Dr. Daggett received his Ph.D. at The Pennsylvania State University in 1993, the year he came to Avila. His research interests include any question/problem relating to the history of biology and the biology of microorganisms.  Dr. Daggett teaches introductory biology, general microbiology, immunology, and genetics.

    Started at Avila 

    Courses Taught 
    Bioethics, General Biology, Genetics, General Microbiology, Immunology

    Research Interests 
    Interested in the history of infectious diseases; the genetics and evolutionary biology of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (commonly known as pond scum); and methods in biology teaching.  Editor of the education journal Bioscene since 2005 for the Association of College and University Biology Educators.

    I enjoy reading, classic movies and piano. 

  • Greg Fitch

    Dr. Greg Fitch

    Professor and Chair of Biology
    Office: 210 B O’Rielly
    Phone: 816.501.3789

    Dr. Fitch advises biology majors, pre-physical therapy students, pre-pharmacy students, and pre-veterinary students.


    My chief professional interest is how the nervous system, especially the brain, produces consciousness and behavior. My chief teaching assignment is Human Anatomy and Physiology, which I teach at Avila every semester. Other courses that I teach include one that compares the functioning of various types of animals from mammals to insects, an interdisciplinary course about how the brain generates behavior, and an interdisciplinary course about the history and philosophy of science in which we travels to places, such as Rome or Paris or the Galapagos Islands, where important events in the history of science have occurred. I've been teaching at Avila since 1997 and, before that, taught for one year at Kansas City Kansas Community College and eleven years at Kansas State University.  

    I received a B.S. degree in 1977 from the College of Arts and Sciences, Kansas State University, with majors in biology and psychology. I earned a Ph.D. degree in 1997 from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, majoring in physiology. Between degrees I managed to spend a fun summer studying neurophysiology at the University of Nottingham in Great Britain. I also co-authored a college-level textbook, Understanding Human Anatomy and Physiology (West Educational Publishing), which was published in 1993.

    In addition to research involving educational (pedagogical) methods, I like to approach the question of how the nervous system produces behavior by asking questions about the behavior of simple organisms, chiefly the bean beetle Callosobruchus maculatus. I am also interested in philosophy, including the philosophy of science. Since coming to Avila I have directed a wide variety of student research projects ranging from the effects of myocardial infarction in various regions of the rat brain to egg laying behavior in bean beetles.

    When I'm not working, I read, collect 50s and 60s rock-and-roll, play a wide variety of games, participate in a rotisserie baseball league, play the guitar (poorly), spend as much time as possible outdoors, try to not be driven to clinical depression by politicians, and try to have a useful influence on my two sons.

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