Professor of Biology
B.A. Ithaca College
M.H.A. Montana State University-Billings
Ph.D. Washington State University
Office: Bair Science Center 101B
Dr. Claire Oakley came to Rocky Mountain College in 1986. She is a mammalian physiologist with a subspecialty in exercise physiology.
For Dr. Oakley, "teaching is magical." Very simply, she enjoys teaching, advising, and mentoring. The small student-to-faculty ratio allows her to combine her love of teaching biology and working closely with students. Dr. Oakley practices what she calls "intrusive" advising, which teaches a student their responsibility toward ensuing a timely graduation and providing academic and career mentoring/assistance.
Outside of the classroom, Dr. Oakley is a mother of two college graduates. She is also a photographer, a hiker, and the winner of numerous blue ribbons at Montana Fair for her baked goods.
Dr. Oakley serves as a scientific judge at the annual D.O.E. Science Bowl and the Science EXPO, and she supervises a booth at "Chicks in Science," a science fair for girls in grades four through eight. She is also a member of the Billings YWCA Operations Board.
- BIO 111/112: General Biology I & II
- BIO 252: Animal Physiology
- BIO 321/322: Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II
- Various 200-level courses, which have included Biology of HIV/AIDS, Biophysics, and Biology of Women