Teaching is integral to my practice of science

Each individual student brings different knowledge, experience, and identity to class. Successfully educating diverse individuals is the challenge to all educators. I recognize that each of my students arrives at my courses through different paths and thus a class benefits from multiple teaching approaches. To learn different approaches to teaching, I have been an active member of several teaching communities throughout my graduate studies and post-doctoral career. I participated in the University of Washington's Biology Education Research Group and the University of Michigan Inclusive Teaching reading group. I also completed the University of Michigan's Preparing Future Faculty program.

 
 

Genetics, Development, and Evolution (Lecturer)

University of Michigan, Fall 2015, EEB/MCDB 404

This discussion-based class introduced upper-level students to a range of topics in the field of evolutionary developmental biology. After a series of lectures on the principles of evo-devo, students read and discussed primary literature spanning the origin of the field of evo-devo to current challenges and controversies. For the main project of the course, students developed an evo-devo hypothesis and a set of corresponding experiments. To conclude the course, students presented their experimental design and participated in a mock grant panel to choose the top proposals.

 
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Principles of Physiology (Graduate teaching assistant)

University of Washington, Seattle, Spring 2010, BIO350

This course guided students through a study of two primary systems of animal physiology: digestion and respiration. Through active-learning approaches case studies using case studies, students explored the physiological concept of homeostasis. As a teaching assistant in the course, I practiced grading, designing test questions, and most importantly, guiding students during discussion sections.

 
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Photo by amenic181/iStock / Getty Images

Introduction to Plant and Animal Physiology (Graduate teaching assistant)

University of Washington, Seattle, Fall 2009, BIO220

This introductory biology course for first-year students included both lectures and labs exploring broad topics across plant and animal physiology. My responsibilities included material preparation for all pre-designed labs, creating short introductory lectures for labs, supervising labs, and grading.