Teaching

When teaching, I aim to inspire students from all backgrounds to take ownership of their education. I do this by cultivating a deeper recognition of their role in the learning process, which allows students to gain a better sense of accountability for achieving their goals.

  I seek a transition in students from traditional memorization to critical thinking, a feat that fosters the development of the skills needed to tackle real-world problems. The means to achieve this goal is through active-learning activities, such as media creation and social engagement, so students can apply their knowledge often and in new situations.

   In every course, I attempt to develop life skills in leadership and cooperation using team-based exercises and peer mentoring. I accomplish these aims by respecting diverse backgrounds and fostering different ways of learning through frequent checks on learning and interdisciplinary assignments, all with clearly communicated expectations.

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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)
  • Herpetology (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: Teaching Assistant
Department of Biology, Shippensburg University
  • Genetics (BIO 260)
  • Human Physiology (BIO 350)
  • Animal Physiology (BIO 351)