Assistant Professor of Biology

California State University - Fresno

2015 - present

 

Director, STEM Education Center

California State University - Fresno

2018 - present

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Western Michigan University

2013 - 2015

PhD Curriculum and Instruction

University of Missouri

Emphasis in Postsecondary Science Education

2013

M.S. Biology

Western Illinois University

Research in Asian elephant cognition

2008

B.S. Biology

Iowa State University

Summa Cum Laude, Phi Kappa Phi

2004

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Assessment of Key Biology Learning Outcomes

Development and validation of instruments that examine students’ understanding of key biological topics, including evolution and climate change.

Influence of the Faculty Workplace on

STEM Teaching Practices

Influence of academic workplace climate (e.g. leadership, professional development, resources, collegiality, autonomy, respect) on the instructional practices of faculty.

TEACHING EXPERTISE

General Education and Introductory Biology

 

Life, Earth, and Environmental Science for Future Educators

 

College Science Teaching 

History and Nature of Science

Principles and Teaching of Evolution

Principles of Animal Behavior

 

Strategies in Teaching Secondary Science

Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) 

of STEM Faculty

Most studies of specialized teaching knowledge (PCK) for faculty have been in chemistry. I am expanding this area of research to understand biology faculty. The first of these investigations examines knowledge for teaching key areas of biology literacy, including evolution, global climate change, and the science of immunizations.

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