Feb 3, 2009

All in the Mix: Professor Profile on Joseph Mix

by Danielle Talbert

Dr. Joseph A. Mix not only has an outstanding résumé in his teaching career at Liberty, but also in his work outside of the university. Mix received his D.M.D. in Dental Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh and his B.S. in Biology from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. And it doesn’t stop there. His list of certifications includes being a licensed dentist, certified nutrition specialist, National Safety Council certified first Aid/CPR instructor and a group leader with the Center for Disease Control’s Distance Learning Program. He has also been a professor here at Liberty since 1995 and is currently teaching in the Department of Health Sciences & Kinesiology.

A member of the American College of Nutrition, the American Dental Association and the Christian Medical and Dental Society, Mix has written several nutrition articles which have been published in various scientific journals. He also just finished writing a nutrition book which is awaiting publication.

Before Mix began teaching at Liberty, he taught nutrition and received a grant to conduct research on the effects on the memory of ginkgo versus placebo. He also worked as a dentist in New York and in the Air Force in Italy.

Mix said he came from a family of teachers and his true passion is teaching nutrition. He also stressed the importance of reading and how he feels today’s generation is moving away from written word.

“The Bible says in the beginning was the written word,” Mix said. “It’s sad to see that we are moving away from that.”

Mix’s proudest moment as a professor was when one of his students who was struggling in class ended up achieving a management position in a pharmaceutical company.

“It’s a good feeling when I have a hand in helping average students rise to their full potential,” Mix said. “It’s very rewarding.”

Not only is Mix enthusiastic about the classroom, but he also enjoys outdoor activities with his family. The Mixes have three children. Ryan graduated from Liberty in 2006 with a degree in video broadcasting and now is an actor in Hollywood. Becky also graduated from Liberty (in 2008) with a degree in math and teaches in Beaufort, S.C. Katie is a sophomore at Brookville High School. She hopes to come to Liberty to study education. He and his wife, Lynne, enjoy walking, gardening, skiing and kayaking. Mix lived in upstate New York, which is his favorite place to ski. His family also owns a weekend house on Leesville Lake where they go kayaking.

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