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Teaching Responsibilities : My current teaching responsibilities include Biol 336 Aquatic Biology and Biol 339 Aquatic Biology Laboratory. Both are upper level electives with typical enrollments in the neighborhood of 30 students in the lecture and 12-15 in the lab. The lab is taught at our biological field station at Squire Valleevue Farm, a beautiful 400 acre facility located 10 miles from campus. I am currently teaching the summer version of Biol 214 Genes and Evolution, the first course in our majors sequence, and I supervise student undergraduate research as well (Biol 388). Until very recently, I taught Biol 344 Microbiology Laboratory, and in the past I have taught ecology, introduction to ecology and field biology, introduction to experimental biology, vertebrate anatomy, and a wide range of courses for high school teachers.

Professional Development Goals :Since my responsibilities in the Biology Department have always focused on teaching rather than research, I spent considerable time participating in professional development sessions around curriculum, active learning, and classroom assessment. When I was the biology laboratory manager, I was very active in the Association for Biology Laboratory Education and completely overhauled the laboratory component of our core courses. More recently, I participated in the Teaching Fellows program sponsored by our University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) which provided an overview of the research on various aspects of instruction including assessment, construction of the syllabus, and learning style inventories.
Since 2000, in addition to my responsibilities in the Biology Department, I have served as director of the Center for Science and Mathematics Education. The Center is a clearinghouse for K-12 outreach programs on campus and the nucleus for several teacher professional development programs including the NSF-funded Cleveland Math and Science Partnership (see Section 4 Outreach Activities). For the last two years, the Math and Science Partnership Learning Network Conference has focused on what we know from the various MSP projects and how we know it. The conferences have been crash courses in education research and convinced me I need training in this area. Much of the work of the MSP program has been captured and is readily available through the Knowledge Management and Dissemination network and MSPNet, and those resources have been tremendously helpful in providing resources for my own professional development in classroom-based research.
Several faculty in the Biology Department have participated in the National Academies Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education in Biology hosted by the Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching at UW-Madison. Those faculty, along with me and others who have a strong interest in undergraduate education have formed the Biology Teaching Group, an evolving professional learning community. We meet monthly to discuss ways to incorporate the lessons learned from the Summer Institute into our core courses.
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