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.
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.
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.