Statement on diversity and inclusion
Creating an inclusive, equitable, and accessible classroom is is an aspect of teaching I take very seriously. I continue to think critically about my teaching and actions to call out biases in myself and others. My goal is to foster an environment where students of all backgrounds and identities can thrive. In my teaching, I strive to amplify diverse voices with regards to ethnicity, race, gender, and nationality, so that all students feel that a career in science is available to them. I do this is by including readings of the primary literature by authors who have been historically overlooked in STEM, with specific attention to women and BIPOC. I also use active learning approaches to close achievement gaps, allowing all students to be successful.
I am currently a lecturer at UW-Milwaukee teaching BIO 104 Plants in Today's World. This lecture and lab course is divided into three sections: basic plant biology, relevance of plants for humans, and climate change impacts on plants and ecosystems. Topics include photosynthesis, pollination syndromes, medicinal plants, crop domestication, and phenological shifts due to a warming planet.
Previously, I was the instructor of record for Concepts in Biology at University of Georgia. This was an introductory biology course for non-science majors that focused on understanding important concepts in ecology and organismal biology.
I have also been a teaching assistant for many courses, including Introduction to Plant Biology Lab, Principles of Biology Lab, Flowers, and Plant Reproduction and Physiological Ecology.
I strongly value guided inquiry and experiential learning in undergraduate courses, in which students can design and carry out their own research projects.
I enjoy the opportunity to work with students one-on-one. I have had the privilege of mentoring many talented undergraduate students as a graduate student and now as a postdoc. I have led projects with several students that became their senior Honors theses. Students have learned how to do molecular genetic techniques in the lab, and field and greenhouse work.
Students I have mentored have continued on to medical school, doctoral programs in ecology and conservation biology, and employment with county parks systems and U.S. Bureau of Land Management.