BA Biochemistry Hood College
PhD Biochemistry The Johns Hopkins University
My teaching philosophy has changed radically over the nearly 20 years of I've been involved in undergraduate teaching. When I started, I lectured the students, because that was the way I had been taught during my own training. But I was always frustrated by the fact that many students didn't seem to understand the underlying concepts. Gradually, I realized that for many students, if not all, doing was more powerful than listening. So now I'm working to decrease the amount of time I lecture and instead increase the amount of time students get to practice, work on problems, struggle with readings, etc. That's why I wanted to get involved in CourseSource, because CourseSource promotes that same philosophy.
B.S. University of Florida
M.S. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ph.D. University of Nebraska--Lincoln
I have over fifteen years of experience teaching in a college environment mostly at the undergraduate level. Although I teach both lower- and upper-division courses, I particularly enjoy freshman-level, introductory classes. I believe that it is important to create an open and supportive classroom environment so that students feel comfortable taking risks and challenging themselves. I am a strong proponent of active learning methods and use a variety of pedagogical techniques to encourage discussion and interaction in the classroom. For example, I have recently been experimenting with a flipped-classroom approach.
I am excited by the goals of and philosophy behind CourseSource and wanted to contribute to its success.