Stu's educational background is varied as is his teaching and research career. After graduating UC San Diego with a degree in Philosophy (minors in Physical Education, Chemistry and Biology), he taught chemistry in Ghana, West Africa. He then got his Ph.D. at the University of Oregon (go Ducks) where he researched fish neuroendocrinology. He taught Human Physiology and Cell Biology at U of O for two years as a Visiting Professor before doing postdoctoral research at UC San Diego where he studied the development of taste systems in aquatic salamanders. Stu then accepted a teaching position at The Evergreen State College where he was exposed to a variety of pedagogical approaches. His six years at Evergreen greatly shaped the way he approaches his teaching which is holistic with a social justice perspective. He deals with students as individual taking into consideration their educational background, culture and personal narrative.