Dr. Julie C Rutherford
Associate Professor of Biology
Program Director, Health Professions
Julie Rutherford (BA, Biology, St. Olaf College; PhD, Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of North Dakota) joined the faculty of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN in 1998. She is Associate Professor of Biology, and teaches the two-semester cadaver-based Integrated Anatomy and Physiology sequence. Before coming to Concordia, Dr. Rutherford completed a post-doctoral position as a research associate for Nutri-Pro, Inc. in Salt Lake City, UT, and taught a course in anatomy at the Salt Lake Community College. Dr. Rutherford also serves as the Director of Health Professions and chairs the Health Professions Advisory Committee. She serves as the primary contact for students (undergraduate and post-baccalaureate) who are preparing to apply to professional programs in their chosen field of healthcare.
Dr. Rutherford is passionate about inspiring her students to love learning and to appreciate the complexity and wonder of the human body. She employs interactive pedagogical practices in the classroom, and strives to provide an immersive and inspiring experience via the use of human specimens in the cadaver lab. She received Concordia College's Flaat Distinguished Teaching award in 2015. Dr. Rutherford is also passionate about helping students achieve their goals of obtaining their desired career in the health professions. She desires to form meaningful mentoring relationships with her advisees and seeks to provide them with the knowledge and opportunities needed to take the next steps toward their personal and professional goals.