While I was an undergrad, I experienced what most of us do in our undergraduate education: some educators are extremely gifted at teaching, while others aren’t. Whether a university has large or small class sizes, and whether the driving force of the university is research or teaching, I believe that an instructor’s priority in the classroom should be promoting student learning. Sounds obvious, right? It should be, but isn’t necessarily how all classrooms work.
As many career paths in ecology and evolution lead to teaching in some capacity, I strive to do it well. In 2013, I attended the National Academies Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education (NASI) at West Virginia University, and am now a National Academies Education Fellow. I try to incorporate many of the methods I learned at NASI in my classroom.
Many graduate students in the sciences are expected to wind up with professorial positions, which require teaching, without any training on how to actually teach. After returning from NASI, I decided to instruct a graduate course for future college faculty and share all that I had learned at NASI. This course was faculty-sponsored by Dr. Guy Hoelzer in the spring of 2014, and was retaught by previous students and Dr. Elena Pravosudova in spring 2016.
To see some of my lectures and course material, refer to the teaching sub-tabs or the links below.
University of Nevada, Reno Instructor: Herpetology, BIOL 432/632, Spring 2015, Spring 2017 (co-taught with Dr. C. Richard Tracy) Scholarly Teaching for Future College Faculty, BIOL 792, Spring 2014 (faculty sponsor Dr. Guy Hoelzer) Herpetology Lab, BIOL 432/632, Spring 2014 (lecture instructors Dr. Sarah Snyder and Dr. Tracy) Guest Lectures: Ecology and Population Biology, BIOL 214, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2016 Teaching Assistant: Ecology and Population Biology, BIOL 314, Fall 2014, Fall 2016 (Instructor Dr. C. Richard Tracy) General Microbiology, BIOL 251, Fall 2016 (Instructor Dr. Svetlana Khaiboullina Organismal Biology, BIOL 191, Fall 2011, Fall 2014 (Instructor Dr. Josh Stevenson) Comparative Animal Physiology, BIOL 315, Fall 2011 (Instructor Dr. Jack Hayes)
University of Redlands Teaching Assistant: Hebrew Language, REL 440, Fall 2007 (Instructor Dr. William Huntley) Grader: Calculus I & II, MATH 121 & 122, Fall 2005-Fall 2006
Educational Resource Center, Livingston, NJ Tutored physical sciences, physics, chemistry, and calculus, October 2008-October 2010