New Mexico State University (Biochemistry)
New Mexico State University (Master's)
New Mexico State University (PhD)
Most of my teaching experience involved instructing undergraduate students in the cell biology, physiology and structure of biological systems. Given the varied backgrounds of my students, this was sometimes a challenging task. In one of my former cell biology courses, we had students with no training and others with some biology or chemistry background. To each, I have tried to present the aspects of biology missing in their undergraduate training. The goal of my lectures was generally to acquaint students with a physical description of biological systems using a qualitative language. I have several objectives as an educator in addition to teaching these basic principles.
Students should understand the relevance of biology to their lives. As a professor, I want students to have input into the course content so that the issues we address are relevant to them. Independent research projects are one means to accomplish this goal because they allow students to choose the subject matter in which they are most interested.
Students should know where to find information, how to evaluate that information, and how to make an informed decision based on their understanding of the issues. In my cell biology classes, students were required to search for primary literature to investigate selected topics in my class. This introduced the students to new and innovative research as well as the ability to use certain search engines and techniques that they didn’t realize were available.
Students should be actively engaged in the learning process. I have taken coursework in cooperative and active learning techniques and I incorporate these techniques into my teaching. For example, I have created a model of mitosis by having general biology students act as chromosomes and walk through the processes of DNA replication and cell division. I find students learn and retain the material more effectively with these activities. Comments from my students’ evaluations have shown support of this learning technique.
I thoroughly enjoy teaching people of all ages and teaching has been a large part of my life. I am excited about being your tutor which supports and encourages innovative teaching and I look forward to the opportunity to share my strategies.
I have my bachelor's degree in biochemisty, my master's degree in biology, and my Ph.D in biology. Most of my teaching experience involved instructing undergraduate students in the cell biology, physiology and structure of biological systems. Given the varied backgrounds of my students, this was sometimes a challenging task. In one of my former cell biology courses, we had students with no training and others with some biology or chemistry
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