Faculty Highlight

Meet Andrea Traylor, Lecturer, Department of Rehabilitation & Health Services 

First, tell us a little about yourself.

This is my first year at UNT! I live on a mini-farm, and I love animals. I love teaching.

Why did you choose to study public health?

I started out as a Chemistry major. I took two courses that changed my trajectory. The classes were paristology and food microbiology. Both classes were hands on: we did food inspections and researched outbreaks of diseases. I changed my major that semester!

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I love interacting with students. I love hearing from past students. I get updates, pictures and Christmas cards!

What do you hope your students gain from your courses?

I hope my students gain knowledge. But I want them to learn information that is applicable to life and employment. I especially like the connection between health and education.

What did you do before pursuing a career in academia, and why did you decide to pursue teaching instead?

I have always been an educator in some capacity! I originally focused on middle school health. I always say education is a lifestyle.

When you’re not teaching, what do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy reading, traveling and spending time with my family. We raise service dogs, and we are currently raising a puppy!

Do you have any fun facts that others may not know about you?

I am a first-generation college graduate!