Teaching Experience @ GBC

BIO 110: Introduction to Biology: Cells, Genes & Molecules

This course caters to freshmen interested in the sciences, introducing fundamental biological concepts through the lens of genetics. This course was completely restructured (with colleagues Ryan Kerney & Ralph Sorenson) in accordance with the Vision and Change Call to Action. In class activities include evidence-based learning techniques to keep students engaged throughout the semester. Content includes personal genetics and the ethical, legal and social implications of biotechnological advances.

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BIO 230: Microbiology

This course focuses on the biology of microbes and follows curriculum guidelines suggested by the American Society for Microbiology. Students learn standard microbiological techniques. Additionally, they demonstrate mastery of the scientific method through experimental design, gathering and analyzing data, and communicating results and conclusion.

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First Year Seminar: The Fault In Our Genomes (FYS 130)


HHMI Peer Science Mentor program director

The Peer Science Mentor program at Gettysburg College is an ongoing seminar intended to develop the teaching, assessment, and mentoring skills of upper-level students in the sciences while simultaneously fostering engagement, persistence, and achievement among their peers enrolled in introductory science courses. Adapted from the work of Ambrose, Bridges, DiPietro, Lovett, and Norman (2010) How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching, this program is also intended to build bridges between peer science mentors and faculty members as well as foster communication among students from different science disciplines. In this way, the Peer Science Mentor program supports the goal of building a research connected science community at Gettysburg College by offering targeted mentoring to introductory and advanced science students and facilitating participation in a larger learning community. 


Teaching Interests

Course Content:

  • Cellular & Molecular Biology
  • Prokaryotic Genetics
  • History of Genetic Technology
  • Science & Society: Genomic Technology and Public Perception
  • Microbiology
  • Introductory Biology
  • Citizen Science/Science Commmunication

Science of Teaching:

  • Active Learning
  • Assessment of Teaching/Learning Tools
  • Adding Cultural Context to Introductory Biology
  • Interdisciplinary Course Content
  • Curriculum Design