A faculty member since 1989, Cole teaches genetics, plant biology, molecular biology, and conservation biology. "I teach out of fascination with and love for the living world and gratitude to the teachers who opened this biology to me. I feel honored by the curiosity and effort students bring as I get to pass this on to them. I go into classes looking forward to the people there and to this opportunity," Cole says.
In nominating Professor Cole for the award, several students cited his "dynamic teaching style, experience in research, broad knowledge of current research, and friendly personality." They appreciate his "open door" policy and accessibility as an adviser and mentor.
A Minnesota native, Cole earned a bachelor of science from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and master of science and doctorate from the University of Minnesota.
(From the 1997 news story)