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Jody Lester, MA, RRT

Associate Professor, Department of Respiratory Care

Jody Lester earned her Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Boise State University. She has been teaching in respiratory care since 1983. One of her favorite quotes is “Teaching is like dropping ideas into the letter box of the human subconscious. You know when they are posted but you never know when they will be received or in what form.” She feels fortunate to sometimes see the “letters arrive” as students come to understand a difficult concept or build on previous ones.

Her areas of interest are the quality improvement in health care, evidence-based care, adult and neonatal respiratory care, the effects of tobacco on pulmonary health and tobacco cessation. An additional area of expertise is online education; she has been teaching online courses since 2000. She is an advocate for undergraduate research and enjoys involving students in projects which answer relevant clinical questions and which teach them correct research processes.

She is a reviewer for the American Respiratory Care Foundation and she has presented at the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Summer Forum and International Congress on the topics of designing online courses engaging online students, assessment of gas exchange, evaluation health care literature, patient advocacy, and the fetal origin of adult diseases. Her research focus is mechanical ventilation.

She lives with her husband and youngest son in Nampa where she enjoys raising cows and leading a 4H group. Hobbies include reading, boating, camping, fishing and spoiling her grandchildren.

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