Teaching

Current Offerings

MMG 425 Microbial Ecology (undergraduate) : Fall semester

MMG 499 Undergraduate Research: Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters

Previously Offered

Integrated Microbial Biology (graduate, 3 lectures on microbial ecology) : Fall semester

CMSE 890 001 Metagenomics (graduate): varies; rotated with other CMSE modules

Statistical analysis of microbiomes (graduate): Fall semester

Explorations in Data Analysis for Metagenomic Advances in Microbial Ecology (EDAMAME) workshop:  Summer

Teaching and Learning Philosophy Overview

My teaching philosophy has been shaped by my educational background and passionate scholarly interest in teaching. In college at Susquehanna University, I received a liberal arts education, which emphasized consideration of diverse approaches and critical thinking to creatively solve problems. I aim to bring this liberal arts perspective into my classroom. In graduate school, I earned a Certificate in Scientific Teaching through the Center for Integration in Teaching Research and Learning, which included training in pedagogy, diversity and inclusion, science communication and informal science education. In scientific teaching, challenges in instruction are approached in the same way as scientific inquiry: front-end data is gathered, hypotheses are generated, an experiment is executed, and results are analyzed. Front-end, formative, and summative assessments provide the data to assess learning outcomes. Data-driven instruction is informed by best practices supported by the literature in educational research. For example, evidence supports that active learning improves learning outcomes in the undergraduate science classroom. Scientific teaching and data-driven instruction provide a strategy for instructional success and student achievement.

In my main course offering, MMG 425 Microbial Ecology, I emphasize skill development in quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and team collaboration.  The classroom is "flipped" to have content delivered in short video lectures that can be consumed flexibly and complemented with in-class team activities that build from that content and  deepen student understanding through active learning.

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