Michele Bauman, Clinical Assistant Professor, Applied and Social Sciences

What is your education and background?

I graduated from the University at Buffalo with a degree in Occupational Therapy in 1984. In 2008, I graduated from Medaille with an MA in the Clinical Mental Health Program.  I began teaching at Medaille as an adjunct faculty member in 2011 and as of July 2015, I was hired full time. Currently, I am a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Applied and Social Sciences.

What is your favorite part of working at Medaille?

My favorite part of Medaille are the students! I have met and maintain contact with so many of them. Another great part of the job is placing current students in the field with our very own Medaille graduates. I know firsthand our graduates have excellent skills and will ensure our new grads will have the same. I also really enjoy working with the admissions team here.  We have become very close and the girls, Nina and Amy, to name a few, brighten up my day!

What are your interest and hobbies?

My interests are keeping up on my field of mental health and recovery by reading current literature.  I also really enjoy athletics. I have completed 6 marathons and 41 1/2 marathons. I am actually an age group ranked athlete in the sprint triathlon and duathlon events. I am most proud of those accomplishments given that one time in my life, I was overweight and unfit.

If you could eat dinner with one person, who would it be?

Pope Francis, because it would be inspiring to eat dinner with a person who has done so many wonderful and kind things.

If they made a movie about your life, what would it be about and which actor would you want to play you?

I guess Reese Witherspoon.  I love her. She is funny but can be serious. My sister said to me one day, “you are like that girl in legally blonde Shelly.” We laughed until we cried.

Are you a morning or night person?

I am most definitely a morning person, which is a good thing when you are training for a race. But really when I get up, I go full steam and never stop until night and by then, I am pretty tired.

Please tell us a success story while working here at Medaille (or a favorite Medaille memory/story)

Actually, my greatest success stories relate to our students again. By that I mean working with admissions and interviewing many perspective candidates. We have put together awesome groups, especially cohorts 24 and 25.  Another success is assisting our students with field placements. I have worked in community mental health for over 30 years and in that role, I have met and networked with many people. As a result, I can help steer our students to placements that fit for them. Therefore, decreasing the anxiety and the stress for them. My ultimate goal is to work with my colleagues, i.e. Dr. Klostermann to develop increasing opportunities to collaborate and partner within our area.

If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why?

One day I would really like to visit Italy, Rome in particular. I am not sure why but the country and history are all so beautiful!

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three items would you like to have with you?

Music, power bars and water.





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