Teaching

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Philosophy: When teaching, I aim to inspire students from all backgrounds to take ownership of their education. I accomplish this by cultivating a greater recognition of their role in the learning process, so students can gain a better sense of accountability for achieving their own goals. I seek a transition in my students from traditional memorization towards critical thinking, a feat that enables the development of the skills needed to tackle real-world problems. My most successful means to achieve this goal is to engage students through active-learning tools, such as media creation and social engagement, so students can apply knowledge often and in many new situations. In

all my courses, I pursue the development of life-skills in leadership and cooperation using team-based learning exercises and peer-based mentoring. I accomplish teaching aims by respecting diverse backgrounds and fostering different ways of learning through various forms and frequencies of checks on learning and interdisciplinary assignments, all with clearly communicated expectations.

Courses taught

2020–present: Assistant Professor

Department of Biology, Coe College

  • Cellular and Molecular Biology (BIO 145 + BIO 145L)

  • Organismal and Ecological Biology (BIO 155 + BIO 155L)

  • Topics in Evolution (BIO 202)

  • Integrative Animal Biology (BIO 321 + BIO 321L)

 

2016–2018: Adjunct Faculty

Department of Natural Sciences, Excelsior College

  • Anatomy and Physiology (HSC 105)

  • Biology (BIO 110)

  • Evolutionary Biology (BIO 320)

  • Biodiversity (BIO 340)

  • Ecology (BIO 404)

 

2016: Teaching Assistant

Department of Biological Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso

  • Phylogenetics and Taxonomy (BIOL 1108)

 

2014–2017: Guest Lecturer

Department of Biological Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso

  • Genetics (BIOL 3320) – 1.2-hr lecture: DNA Function (Fall 2017)

  • Genetics (BIOL 3320) – 1.2-hr lecture: Cancer Genetics (Spring 2017)

  • Herpetology (BIOL 5305) – 40-min lecture: Chamaeleonidae (Spring 2017)

  • Genetics (BIOL 3320) – 1.2-hr lecture: Developmental Genetics (Fall 2016)

  • Genetics (BIOL 3320) – 1.2-hr lecture: DNA Sequencing (Spring 2016)

  • Genetics (BIOL 3320) – 1.2-hr lecture: DNA Basics (Fall 2015)

  • Genetics (BIOL 3320) – 1.2-hr lecture: Recombinant DNA (Spring 2015)

  • Genetics (BIOL 3320) – 1.2-hr lecture: DNA Replication (Fall 2014)

  • Ecology (BIOL 3316) – 30-min lecture: Pond Turtle Ecology (Spring 2014)

2011–2013: Graduate Assistant

Department of Biology, Shippensburg University

  • Genetics (BIO 260)

  • Human Physiology (BIO 350)

  • Animal Physiology (BIO 351)