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Teaching responsibilities:

Biology I: the first semester in the General Biology sequence. Includes the cellular/molecular basis of life.

Cell Biology of the Nucleus: upper level elective. It is set up like a graduate seminar. Research-intensive and meant to teach students how to think about cell biology (as opposed to how to memorize everything about the nucleus).


Professional development goals:

Ever since I began teaching, I have been interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning. One of my main goals as a teacher is to engage students through active learning. To do this, I have participated in several conferences and workshops, which have deepened my knowledge of pedagogical approaches. For example, in 2005 I attended a Gordon Conference on how different types of visualization play a role in science and education. I learned a great deal in this conference and I not only incorporated some of the things I learned into my own teaching, but I also shared my experiences with my colleagues and with in-service K-12 teachers. In 2007, I attended the “Proteins in active learning modules (PALM)” workshop given by the Center for BioMolecular Modeling at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. I have incorporated some of the molecular models and activities I learned about into Introductory Biology and Cell Biology courses I have taught since then. I have also engaged in self-learning efforts, which have enriched my teaching. For example, I use case studies in several of my courses, and I plan to attend the “Case Studies in Science” workshop held at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, in the future. I also always look through venues such as the CBE-Life Science Education journal and The Teaching Professor newsletter for new pedagogical innovations, and I have adapted methods from such publications into my own teaching. The next step in my development is to learn how to assess whether my efforts are being effective and whether I am achieving my goal of developing students’ analytical and research skills. As a teacher-scholar, I take my teaching seriously, and I want to understand if the methods I use are effective. That is why I am thrilled to be a part of the Biology Scholars Research Residency community!


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