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Courses at the Georgia Institute of Technology
BIOL 1510: Biological Principles (Course Co-Instructor)
- This course serves as an introduction to the basic principles of modern biology, including biomacromolecules, bioenergetics, cell structure, genetics, homeostasis, evolution, and ecological relationships. Students are assessed through Learning Catalytics activities in and out of class, a video presentation on primary literature, and a series of exams.
BIOL 1520 (Non-Majors) and 1521 (Majors): Organismal Biology (Course Co-Instructor)
- This course provides an introduction to biology at the organ and organismal levels, with an emphasis on physiological processes and integration of growth and development. This course will foster the development of scientific skills including hypothesis testing, experimental design, data analysis and interpretation, and scientific communication. Students are assessed through Learning Catalytics activities in and out of class, a video presentation on primary literature, and a series of exams.
BIOL 2335: General Ecology Lab (Course Co-Instructor)
- Introductory course to ecological processes at individual, population, and community levels that occur in plant, animal, and microbial taxa, and their relevance to current environmental problems. Students are assessed through Learning Catalytics activities in-class, homework assignments, presentations on a key topic, and a series of exams.
BIOL 2336: General Ecology Lab (Lab Director)
- The companion laboratory for BIOL 2335 (Ecology). This course stresses understanding ecological concepts through a combination of lab and field experiments, and computer simulations. Students are assessed through several laboratory writing exercises, quizzes, and group presentations.
BIOL 4471: Behavioral Biology (Course Instructor)
- This course provides introduction to the study of the principles of behavior of all kinds of organisms, from microbes to mammals. This course heavily emphasizes experimental design and data representation. Students are assessed through outside of class Learning Catalytics activities and exams, essays reviewing primary literature, and the design of a semester-long experiment.
BIOL 4590: Project Lab (Course Co-Instructor)
- This capstone course represents the culmination of the student experience in the biology program at Georgia Tech. Students in the course are assessed on and gain experience in designing, implementing, and communicating a biology research project, and practical training in modern approaches for biological research.
BIOL 4697/CETL2000/CETL8000 (Course Co-Instructor)
- These courses are for undergraduate and graduate students conducting teaching assistantships within the School of Biological Sciences. The course provides an introduction to teaching biology, with a focus on effective teaching active engagement of students, and development of innovative classroom activities. Students are assessed through outside of class reflective assignments, lesson plans, and a learning portfolio.
Courses at Spelman College
BIO 325: Evolution-in-Action (Course Co-Instructor)
- This course explores the importance of concepts in evolutionary biology to human welfare through selected case studies. Students will gain an understanding of the relevance of evolutionary biology in medicine, industry, agriculture, and environmental sciences. Students are assessed through a variety of assessments which include case study questions and experimental design, exams and quizzes, in-class writing prompts, and arts-based projects.
BIO 365: Animal Behavior (Course Instructor)
- This course introduces students to the field of animal behavior. Case studies are used to learn how the evolution and ecology of animal behavior is studied, while the state of current knowledge of important topics in animal behavior including sexual selection, cooperation, and parental care is presented. By focusing on how scientists study animal behavior, students continue developing the ability to think as a scientist.
Courses at Michigan State University
ISB208L: Integrative Studies in Biological Science (Laboratory Instructor)
- Non-majors course that explores fundamental concepts in biology, particularly as they apply to a range of local- and global-scale contemporary issues. Activities include original investigations, data collection and analyses, creative problem-solving, and evaluation of information in the media.
ZOL890 (Graduate): Evolutionary Biology for Non-Life Scientists (Co-Instructor)
Graduate course co-taught at MSU and over teleconferencing software at the University of Idaho. Course is structured in three modules: 1. Genotype to Phenotype, 2. Mechanisms of Evolutionary Change: Change Within Populations, and 3. The Consequences of Evolutionary Change. Course contains several group projects as well as peer review and science writing for general audiences. *Won the 2014 AT&T-MSU Faculty – Staff Award Competition in Instructional Technology, Best Technology-Enhanced Learning Innovation Award*
ZOL341 (Online): Fundamental Genetics (Graduate TA and Remote Testing Coordinator)
Principles of heredity in animals, plants and microorganisms. Classical and molecular methods in the study of gene structure, transmission, expression and evolution.
ISB202: Foundations of Science (Graduate Fellow)
Massively-open online course (MOOC) open to the public for learning how to see, speak, act, and think like a scientist. Funded by a grant through the Gates Foundation. Covers Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Geology, and Biology. Thousands of students. Watch a video about the course on Youtube! *Won the 2014 AT&T-MSU Faculty – Staff Award Competition in Instructional Technology, Best Online Course Award*
ZOL415: Ecological Aspects of Animal Behavior (Graduate TA and Discussion Section Leader)
Advanced topics in the ecology and evolution of animal behavior, including foraging, predator-prey dynamics, mating, and parental care. Combined course of lecture and 2 literature-based, student-led discussion sections critically assessing primary literature research design and theoretical frameworks.
CSE891 (Graduate): Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Evolution (Graduate TA)
Interdisciplinary course between computer science, engineering, and natural sciences on research methods used in evolution.
BioSci162: Organisms and Populations (Graduate TA)
Covers the basic principles of genetics, evolution, and population dynamics critical to understanding organisms and populations.
BioSci172: Organismal Biology Laboratory (Laboratory Instructor & Curriculum Development)
Genetics, fundamental statistics, and biological variation units, using both in natural and digital organisms. Designed a 5-week unit on Animal Behavior (Courtship and Aggression in Crickets) specific to my sections.
Teaching Experience while an Undergraduate at Georgia Tech
Introductory Genetics (School of Biology Student Assistant/Grading TA)
Fundamental Genetics course. Tutoring and grading of exams/quizzes for a course of approximately 40 students.
GT1000 Freshman Introductory Course: Biology Major Section, Team Leader (~TA)
Introductory course to the biology program at Georgia Tech. Classes are subdivided into groups of 10-15 first-year students.
German and ESOL Teaching Experience
American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages: German Teaching Certification
C-Trains Cultural Connections (Munich, Germany): Crash Course English (TA)
Preparing Adult students for English entrance exams to return for their Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degrees