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Teaching Responsibilities:

     When I started at Concordia 11 years ago, I taught General Chemistry, Microbiology and Pathophysiology to nursing students, Microbiology, Cell Biology and Immunology for pre-professional students (pre-med, pre-dent, etc), and Pathophysiology for graduate nurses in the nurse practitioner program. I also developed our Biology Senior Seminar course, which became our capstone course. Concordia has doubled in size since I started here and, fortunately, so has the number of science faculty. I finally have time to focus on teaching courses in which I was trained, i.e., Immunology, Microbiology and Pathology. 

 

Student Learning Challenge or Problem

     In every single one of my courses, I must explain the genetic flow of information in a cell. I’ve developed work sheets and case studies, shown videos and developed diagrams. I never miss a chance to show them BIO-RAD’s PCR and GTCA songs and contemplate begging the cast of ‘Glee’ to make a musical video. The science majors yawn because they’ve heard it so many times. The nursing majors appear either equally bored or completely threatened.  But when I test both groups on their understanding, only the upper 20-30% seem to understand its implications.  The majority of students seem to only know the flash card version of what replication, transcription and translation means. This worries me because their generation will have to deal with the implication of people knowing and understanding their individual genomes, and this information has very real medical, social and moral implications.

 
Professional Development Goals
 
    My first goal is to become familiar with the ways teaching and learning are scientifically investigated. Second, I wish to develop ways to accurately assess the effectiveness of different teaching activities and contribute my observations to others at my University and the greater scientific community. Third, I hope to leave Concordia's Department of Natural Science a foundation in investigative educational research so they can continue to improve science teaching and learning.  Finally, I would love to improve science education at pre-college levels by developing summer workshops for High school and Middle school science teachers.
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