My professional and scholarly goals include:
- Teaching excellence
- Implementing a problem based approach in biology courses
- Promoting the benefits of undergraduate research fellowships
- Providing effective training for graduate students
I have attempted to introduce a problem based approach in the lower division biology courses using a variety of methods. First, I introduce lecture topics with a question or hypothesis that requires resolution. I currently use a classroom response system to survey students on how they believe this question should be addressed. Second, I regularly assign review articles that complement the lecture material and textbook. Third, I tend not ask definition type exam questions. In an attempt to encourage critical thinking skills, exam questions require the integration of two or more concepts.
Undergraduate Education, Biotechnology Education, Undergraduate Research
Implement a problem-based approach in biology courses and promote the benefits of undergraduate research fellowships.