Mari K. Hopper, PhD, is the Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Sam Houston State University. She was trained as a physiologist with special interest in maximum capabilities of the cardiorespiratory and muscular systems. Her career as a professor of physiology spans 25+ years. Throughout her academic career she has found immense gratification in working with students in the classroom, the research laboratory, and in community service positions. Dr. Hopper has consistently used the scholarly approach in her teaching, and earned tenure and multiple awards as a result of her contributions in the area of scholarship of teaching and learning.
She has focused on curriculum development and creating curricular materials that challenge adult learners while engaging students to evaluate, synthesize, and apply difficult concepts. Dr. Hopper has also served as the Director of Student Research and Scholarly work, and previously designed and implemented a program where all first-year medical students engaged in research and service in a variety of academic, public, and clinical settings.
At SHSU she will lead the development of the basic science curriculum for the first two years of medical school. Dr. Hopper is very active in professional organizations and currently serves as the Chapter Advisory Council Chair for the American Physiological Society, the HAPS Conference Site Selection Committee, and Past-President of the Indiana Physiological Society, and looking to be an inaugural member of the Texas Physiological Society. Dr. Hopper left home at 18 years of age, and has spent the remainder of her adult life on a college campus. She has four grown children, a husband David who is a research scientist, and always a canine companion.