Valerie Bennett

Director, Health Professions Advising Center

Bradley Hall 239
(309) 677-3961


Dr. Valerie Bennett has served as Director of Bradley University’s Health Professions Advising Center since 2013.  Dr. Bennett brings over a decade of experience teaching, mentoring, and advising students, and is an active member of both the National and Central Associations for Advisors of the Health Professions (NAAHP and CAAHP).  She serves as treasurer of CAAHP, NAAHP Liaison to the Association of Chiropractic Colleges, is a member of the NAAHP Research Committee, and serves as a mentor to new pre-health advisors.


Before coming to Bradley, Dr. Bennett served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology, and Chair of the Pre-Professional Committee for the Healing Arts at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Bennett earned a B.A. in Biology and an Education minor from Colgate University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the Department of Zoology at Miami University of Ohio.  Her doctoral research focused on overwintering physiology of insects, and included field work in the Canadian Arctic.  She then spent two years as a Post-doctoral Research Associate with a joint appointment at the University of Notre Dame and University of Alaska-Fairbanks, studying insect antifreeze proteins.  She spent one year as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Colorado State University-Pueblo before moving to Clarion University, and taught courses such as Human Anatomy & Physiology, Animal Physiology, General Zoology, Principles of Biology, and developed a Freshman Biology Seminar and a Career Development in the Health Professions course while at Clarion.  Dr. Bennett also served one year as Coordinator of Clarion’s University Advising Services Center, working with Undecided and Liberal Studies majors.


In her spare time, Dr. Bennett is an avid skier and enjoys cooking and home improvement with her husband.