Teaching

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 get a better sense of accountability for achieving their goals. I also seek a transition in my students from traditional memorization towards critical thinking, a feat that enables the development of 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 aim to develop life-skills in leadership and cooperation with team-based learning exercises and peer-based mentoring. I do this by respecting diverse backgrounds and fostering different ways of learning through various forms and frequencies of testing and many interdisciplinary assignments, all with clearly communicated expectations.

Courses taught

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)

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