My teaching philosophy is evidence-based and student-centered, incorporating active learning and attention to individual students’ needs. I approach teaching in much the same way that I do research. I make observations in class, read the literature, experiment with teaching tools, and collect data on students’ learning gains and affective responses. I use peer-instruction and interactive learning techniques to engage students into analyses of scientific data that lead them to think and act like scientists. By shifting the focus of instruction from myself to the students, I seek to increase students’ confidence and help them reach their own conclusions. My goal is to improve every student’s ability to apply the process of science.
I teach a variety of anatomy and physiology classes at The Ohio State University at Marion:
– EEOB 2510 – Human Anatomy (Every Fall and Spring): This course is intended as an introduction to human anatomy. We study the anatomy, development, and evolution of the human body. We will work our way through the major systems of the body discussing the function of organs, the developmental and evolutionary processes that lead to these organs, and the pathways of blood, food … I aim to introduce students to the terminology and basics of human anatomy and engage them in critical studies of this anatomy to understand its importance in biomedical fields. The class includes a laboratory section in which we dissect small mammals to explore anatomy ourselves.
– EEOB 2520 – Human Physiology (Every Fall and Spring): This course is a survey of the physiology of the human body. We study the human nervous system, sense organs, muscle function, circulation, respiration, digestion, metabolism, kidney function, and reproduction. We go over the structure of the organs, tissues, and cells of the body as well as their function and processes. I aim to introduce students to the physiology of their own body and engage them in critical studies of its application to biomedical fields.
– EEOB 4510 – Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (Fall alternative years): In this course, we study the anatomy, development, and evolution of vertebrates. We span most of the tree of life of vertebrates including fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. We focus on the embryology and evolutionary history of organ systems. This course is intended as a research course. This means that a large component of the class is dedicated to a research project. My goals with this class are two folds: (1) to prepare students for veterinary, medical, and zoological studies and (2) to engage them in the process of research from developing hypotheses to producing illustrations, papers, and presentations. We do numerous dissections to explore the anatomy of a diversity of animals.
– EEOB 3520 – Microscopic Anatomy (Spring alternative years): In this course, we study the cells and tissues of most major organs of the vertebrate body. We focus on humans and other mammals but also touch on a diversity of vertebrates. My goal is to introduce students to the function, development, and evolution of all organ systems at the microscopic level. This course is intended as a research course. This means that a component of the class is dedicated to familiarizing students with the primary literature. To this end, students engage in presentations of research articles as well as a semester-long literature-based research project.