Teaching and Mentoring

I have a great interest in teaching. My current position at Bridgewater State gives me the opportunity hone my teaching in a very teaching-supportive environment, while also gaining experience with new courses and working in a curriculum that has a heavy emphasis on independent student research. As a visiting lecturer at UR, I taught several lab-based ecology and evolution courses, and as a graduate student, I served as both an instructor and teaching assistant for 10 regular semester courses and 2 summer courses. A summary of courses I have taught or assisted with can be found at the end of this page.

My courses place a heavy emphasis on conceptual understanding of course material, critical thinking, and scientific writing that is both concise and coherent. Writing assignments vary from short, focused assignments, to more lengthy, student-driven research papers and independent research reports. In lab courses, I rely on open-ended, inquiry-based labs which introduce students to the process of doing science using scientific method. Labs typically guide them on how to use common methods in the field, but are flexible in terms of precise methodology, hypotheses tested, and expected results, allowing students to make their own hypotheses and predictions.

I approach teaching with passion and enthusiasm for my field and my research. My favorite teachers were those who came to class excited by what they do, ready, no only to share their life's work, but put their work, and the work of others in the field, in the context of the greater body of science. These favorite teachers of mine make what they study and what they teach relevant to the lives of even the most jaded undergraduate, and I aspire to do the same.

Finally, Bridgewater State has a strong undergraduate research program, and I have ben mentoring 3-5 students in research every semester since Spring 2015.

Instructor

  • BSU BIOL 199: Seeing the Forest For the Trees (first-year seminar) - Fall 2017
  • BSU BIOL 225: General Ecology (with lab) - Fall semesters, 2014 - present
  • BSU BIOL 329: Winter Ecology Lab - Fall 2017
  • BSU BIOL 340: Darwinian Medicine - Fall 2016
  • BSU BIOL 372: Behavioral Ecology - Fall 2017
  • BSU BIOL 396: Research Problems in Biology - All semesters, Spring 2015 - present
  • BSU BIOL 424: Molecular Ecology (with lab) - Spring semesters, 2015 - present
  • BSU BIOL 422: Biological Evolution - Spring semesters, 2015 - present

  • UVA BIOL 4754/7754: Field Herpetology - Summer 2014 (at Mountain Lake Biological Station)

  • UR BIOL 114: Introduction to Animal Behavior (with lab) - Spring 2013
  • UR BIOL 207: Ecology (with lab) - Fall 2012, Fall 2013
  • UR BIOL 225: Evolution (with lab) - Spring 2014
  • UR BIOL 344: Behavioral Ecology (with lab) - Spring 2013, Spring 2014

  • SBU BIO 354: Evolution - Summer 2009
  • SBU BIO 359: Behavioral Ecology - Spring 2010, Summer 2011
  • SBU BIO 367: Molecular Diversity Laboratory - Fall 2010

Teaching Assistant

  • SBU BIO 150: The Living World - Fall 2006
  • SBU BIO 348: Diversity and Evolution of Reptiles and Amphibians - Spring 2007
  • SBU BIO 354: Evolution - Fall 2007, Fall 2008
  • SBU BIO 344: Chordate Zoology - Spring 2008
  • SBU BIO 205: Fundamentals of Scientific Inquiry II - Spring 2009, Spring 2011
  • SBU BIO 350: Darwinian Medicine - Fall 2011

Guest Lecturer

  • SBU SSO 102: Drugs for the 21st Century - Spring semesters: 2007, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
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    Last Updated: June 29nd, 2017