Teaching

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Teaching calculus for the biological sciences at the University of Victoria

I am passionate about science and math education. I believe it is important to not simply convince more people to pursue paths in STEM, but to improve scientific literacy more generally.

Most recently, I have been an instructor for a summer bridge program at UC Davis. The program is designed for students taking biology for the first time at university (these are students from the BUSP program). In the program, I emphasize the importance of mathematics and statistics in biology.

I am also an instructor for the group Software Carpentry. I teach 2-3 workshops a year designed to help scientists be more productive using various software skills including Git/version control, R statistical software, and command line.

I am currently a fellow in the Professors for the Future program. The fellowship provides training in pedagogy in higher education.

PAST TEACHING EXPERIENCE           

University of California, Davis

Instructor, Building your personal baloney detection kit, First Year Seminar program, Winter 2017, Davis, CA

  • Designed the curriculum, created assignments and activities, and taught the material
  • Worked with teaching assistant in grading student assignments and exams
  • The course focused on teaching students critical thinking skills, quantitative reasoning, and the scientific method

Guest Lecturer, Mathematical Methods in Population Biology (Graduate Level, PBG231), Fall 2017

  • Designed and taught three lectures focused along equilibrium and stability analysis for both difference and differential equations

Instructor, BIS2B Ecology and Evolution Bootcamp, Biology Undergraduate Scholars Program, September 2017, Davis, CA

  • Designed the curriculum, created assignments and exams, led group activities, and taught lectures
  • The course emphasized teaching quantitative skills as part of the first-year biology curriculum

Teaching Assistant, Population Ecology (ESP121), Winter 2016, Davis, CA

Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Ecology and Evolution (BIS2B), Fall 2015, Davis, CA

 

Software Carpentry 

Instructor, Software Carpentry computational skills bootcamp focused on R, version control, and bash

  • Jan 2018, University of California, Davis, CA
  • Nov 2017, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • April 2017, Federal Reserve Board, Washington DC, USA
  • Dec 2016, Victoria, BC, Canada
  • July 2015, Davis, CA
  • February 2015, Davis, CA

 

University of Victoria

Teaching Assistant, Advanced Ecology (BIO470). Spring 2014. Professor: Julia K. Baum

Guest Lecturer, Calculus for Students in the Social and Biological Sciences. (MATH102). March 2014. Professor: Margaret Wyeth.

 

Scottsdale Community College

Teaching Assistant, Mathematics Summer Program. Summer 2013. Professor: John D. Nagy

  • Assisted students with topics in mathematical biology including: differential equations, stability analysis, and population modeling

Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Biological Research (BIO 298AA). Fall 2011/ Spr 2012/ Fall 2012. Professor: John D. Nagy

  • Helped teach course for advanced undergrads interested in biological research through field work and mathematical modeling

 

 

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Teaching a computational skills workshop for graduate students at the University of Minnesota

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