Program Chair Strives to Make Specialized and Complex Material Fun

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by Eric Jensen

At an early point in his life, Chris Kallus heeded the call of “Hey, orderly!”

These days, and many years later, he hears the more refined greeting of “Good morning, professor.”

Kallus serves as Victoria College’s Program Chair and Professor of the Respiratory Care Program. He is responsible for overseeing and coordinating activities of the program while teaching a full load. He is also responsible for continuous review of accreditation standards that will fulfill outside accreditation of the program every
10 years.

Kallus began his Victoria College career in October 1981 as a Clinical Director and remained in that position until 1990 when he became the Program Chair. However, he got his first taste of medical work while a student in high school.

“Way back when males were known as orderlies, I did that part time while in high school,” he said. “I saw these folks taking these machines around and taking care of people with breathing problems. I thought that looked pretty interesting.”

Later, as a pre-med student, Kallus got a job working nights and weekends as an on-the-job trainee in a respiratory therapy department, then called an inhalation therapy department.

“I found it very intriguing that you could take care of people with pulmonary problems, but I had no idea that you could get a degree in it,” he said. “I thought maybe I should switch from pre-med to respiratory therapy.”

“Classroom teaching is what I enjoy the most,” Kallus added. “It has taken me a long time, but I have developed my skills as a classroom professor to teach highly specialized and complex material in a way that is understandable and fun for the student. The challenge is to be able to grab the student’s attention and keep it.”

Respiratory Care student Tori Loredo agreed that Kallus’ classes are informative and fun.

In his spare time, Kallus searches for the tastiest poppyseed kolache, watches the stock market, and enjoys sampling craft beer.

“He makes the material relatable and tells funny stories,”Loredo said. “That helps me remember the material.”

In his spare time, Kallus searches for the tastiest poppyseed kolache, watches the stock market, and enjoys sampling craft beer.

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